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Treating Trauma: Integrating Theraplay and Brainspotting for Trauma and Play Therapists

March 20 @ 8:00 am - 12:15 pm CDT

$216 – $240
CEs Available: 8  (no APT or APA credit available)   |     Two Day Training      |     Virtual

Working with families who have experienced trauma can be demanding. Merging Theraplay® and Brainspotting can positively enhance the treatment experience and prognosis. Theraplay is a child and family modality of play therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. On the other hand, Brainspotting can treat trauma itself. In this training we will discuss the benefits and particulars of working with Theraplay and Brainspotting, as merging the two modalities can complement each other when working with families who have experienced trauma. In this training we will talk about co-regulation, uncertainty, mentalization, attunement, and how these are important in trauma work. We will do this through the use of case examples and theoretical discussion; this workshop will examine the two modalities, their capacity to be utilized in treatment together, and how to integrate the two.




Additional Information


This two day virtual special program will take place March 20-21, 2023 from 8:00am to 12:15pm Central time each day.  View detailed agenda.


Glenda Z. Villamarín, MA, LCP – Glenda is from Ecuador (South America). She has a Phase I certification for NMT from the Child Trauma Academy, and in currently studying Phase II. She is certified from in the Infant-Parent Mental Health Program (IPMHP) at University of Massachusetts –Boston (2018 – 2019). She is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Supervisor and Trainer.


   – Principles of attachment theory on an intellectual and experiential level
   – The Four Dimensions of Theraplay
   – The Theraplay protocol
   – An introduction to the Marschak Interaction Method (MIM): administration, analysis and as a guide for treatment planning
   – Adapting Theraplay for working with children and families impacted by complex trauma and other populations
   – Managing resistance throughout the treatment process
   – Managing countertransference in your work  with children and families
   – Implementing Theraplay into your practice

Learning Objectives
  1. Identify the similarities and differences of how Theraplay and Brainspotting complement each other
  2. Describe the benefits of combining Brainspotting and Theraplay in treatment
  3. Describe the four dimensions of Theraplay when working with Brainspotting 
  4. Describe different Brainspotting setups when working with Theraplay 
  5. Describe working with caregivers through mentalizing, attunement, and transgenerational trauma by integrating Brainspotting and Theraplay 
  6. Describe how families can reconnect and reunite with Theraplay after trauma work
  7. Identify strategies to integrate Brainspotting with Theraplay when working with families
  8. Explain when and how to integrate Brainspotting with Theraplay

Who Should Attend?

People who work with children and families in many different capacities will benefit from training programs offered by The Theraplay Institute. Visit our Who Should Attend page for more information. This course’s Content Level is Intermediate.


View the bibliography for books and other materials referenced in the development of the content for this program.


For information about our CE process, cancellation policy, and how to contact us with questions and concerns visit our FAQ page.

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

Registration Terms and Conditions


March 20
8:00 am - 12:15 pm CDT
$216 – $240
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