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Using NMT Principles in Theraplay Practice

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm CDT

$324 – $360
CEs Available: 12     |     Two Day Training      |     Virtual

This course will describe Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) principals and explore the use of them during play therapy case intake, treatment planning, and Theraplay interaction. Theraplay is a type of play therapy that is used to create stronger attachment bonds in parent/child relationships, as well as provide better interpersonal patterns in group interactions.

Particular characteristics of doing intake for NMT mapping will be presented and contrasted to gathering developmental history for typical play therapy/Theraplay intakes. Participants will then be guided to develop and implement practical activities to use for the purpose of reorganizing neural patterns while carrying out the process of Theraplay treatment. The goal of play therapy treatment for using presented types of activities are for creating stronger relational and regulation neural patterns for parent/child interactions.




Additional Information


This training will take place September 21-22, 2023 from 9:00am-4:30pm Central Time.


Dr. Erica Lam, BSc (Hons), MRes, PG Dip, PG Dip CBT, DClin Psy, CPsychol, is a Intermediate Theraplay Practitioner.

Learning Objectives
  1. List at least 8 NMT principles that can be useful in Theraplay, a type of play therapy
  2. Compare the similarities and differences of gathering developmental history for treatment plan for play therapy in a typical Theraplay case and for NMT mapping
  3. Apply NMT principles to each of Theraplay dimensions
  4. Explain how NMT principles encourage attunement of caregiver to match and meet the child’s intimacy needs through Theraplay sessions
  5. List 4 similarities of NMT regulatory activities to Theraplay play therapy activities
  6. Explain the principal of state dependent regulation, a key element of successful Theraplay
  7. List three possible outcome measures from NTM scoring that would be useful in creating a Theraplay play therapy treatment plan.
  8. List 3 possible interventions for a client who presents with more severe body and emotional dysregulation based on NMT results before the application of Theraplay
  9. Discuss the benefit of presenting a NMT map to the adults in a child’s life during parent consults in 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 this program’s 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. Attendance of the entirety of a program (in-person or virtual) is required in order to receive continuing education or a letter of completion.

This special program will be recorded and will be made available for viewing 2-3 weeks after the training.

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

Registration Terms and Conditions


September 21
9:00 am - 4:30 pm CDT
$324 – $360
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