Module 1: Theraplay Theory & Concepts

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*CEs only available for those licensed in the US


This is a 2 day virtual training
February 25-26, 2021

Trainers: TBD

Description

Theraplay® is a child and family modality of play therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. Rated as “effective” by the SAMHSA National Registry for Evidenced–Based Programs and Practices, it is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay play therapy interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge. Theraplay play therapy sessions create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding. Theraplay helps you create a playful atmosphere where children are happy to experience the intervention, thus allowing them to quickly become fully engaged in the therapeutic process. Theraplay also involves the parents in an immediate and positive way, giving them experiences of success and pride in their children so they can feel motivated to support them. With the child, the parent, and the therapist, all on the same team, you have a winning combination for positive and lasting change. The first of the six-part training is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of the Theraplay model.

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Special Notes:
Our cancellation policies have been temporarily adjusted to reflect our response to the pandemic and local government and health department directives. Please review this policy before completing your registration. We urge all participants to put their health and that of members of their communities first.

Advanced Online D-EIS/MIM Training – Working with Families

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Trainer: Saara Salo

This is a 1 day training

**ONLY for professionals who have completed Level One Theraplay & MIM**


This Master Class is for professionals who are seeking a deeper understanding and skills to use the D-EIS, a quantitative rating system, to rate the Marschak Interaction Method (MIM). Quantitative ratings in clinical practice provide objectivity, coherence, and systematic follow-up for clinical work. In learning a new scoring system a practice-based workshop is necessary (reading the descriptions from the manual will not ensure reliability of one’s ratings). The D-EIS consists of 9 variables rated on a Likert-Type 5-point scale tapping the main dimensions of Theraplay from both sides of the parent-child relationship. The variables are: Parental Guidance (comprising Structure and Challenge)/Child Cooperation; Parental/Child Engagement; Parental/Child Nurture; Parental/Child Playfulness; and Parental Representation. The presenter will review theory covering attachment, emotional regulation, and parenting as they relate to the rationale for the operationalization of  the D-EIS variables and different scoring points. She will describe theory and concepts of compulsion patterns, disorganized/trauma responses, and avoidant patterns. Participants will practice scoring seven MIMs with the D-EIS scoring manual using clinical practice videos covering children of different ages. They will learn how D-EIS relates to other validated  scoring systems and parenting/child socio-emotional variables. They will engage in discussions of how to relate the scoring findings into clinical work (such as Theraplay feeback/planning). Participants will also be introduced to the rating systems for the Family Interaction Style for the Family MIM and the Couples Interaction Style.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify why attachment and emotional regulation are important for exploring in a standardized assessment of parent-child relationships
  • List three theories related to parenting children
  • Restate what compulsive patterns are
  • Describe how trauma responses can be seen in the parent-child relationship
  • Identify an avoidant pattern of connection
  • Demonstrate how to utilize the D-EIS scoring manual
  • Explain how to differentiate styles of emotional interaction (tuned, avoidant, inconsistent, disorganized)
  • Identify how the D-EIS relates to other validated scoring systems and parent-child socio-emotional variables
  • Develop clinical discussions relating the scoring findings to Theraplay feedback sessions
  • Demonstrate how to incorporate scoring findings into Theraplay treatment planning

Saara Salo, PhD, has worked with infants and young children over 15 years at the University of Helsinki, Outpatient Psychiatric Unit for Small Children and their Families. She also works with pregnant couples and families at her private clinic over 10 years (www.pilkeklinikka.com). Saara has published articles in refereed psychological journals and written chapters in text-books about the significance of early emotional parent-child interaction and parental reflective functioning in especially high-risk samples (substance –abusing parents, depressed parents). She has supervised and trained professionals in social and mental health for parent-child interactional assessment, intervention and therapy (e.g., Theraplay) both in Finland and abroad (Denmark, Norway, UK). She as co-developed a preventive intervention model called the Nurture and Play which is derivative of Theraplay-therapy and mentalizing techniques with special emphasis in working already starting prenatally. She has co-written a handbook of the MIM (Marschak Interaction Method; Salo & Booth, 2019) as well as developed a rating system for the MIM procedure (D-EIS). Saara trains the MIM method, and Nurture and Play in Finland and internationally. She has extensive interest and knowledge on early parent.-child emotional relations, how to assess it, and improve it using various therapeutic modalities especially in high-risk populations, such as traumatized families.

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Level One Theraplay & MIM (Olathe, KS)

This is a 4 day training

Trainer: Lydia Glibota

This training is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of the Theraplay model. After completing this training, participants will be able to begin applying Theraplay principles into their work with existing and new clients.

For more information about Special Features, Program Content, and Learning Objectives of this training, please view our page on Theraplay Level One HERE!

Included For Everyone in The US and Canada:

The third edition of Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play, a $75 value

25* CEs for every major professional affiliation (*except where noted)

Two free on-line group supervision meetings, where you will be able to observe one of our practicum students receiving consultation on a real video case.

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Level One Theraplay & MIM (Bourbonnais, IL)

This is a 4 day training

Trainer: Donna Gates

This training is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of the Theraplay model. After completing this training, participants will be able to begin applying Theraplay principles into their work with existing and new clients.

For more information about Special Features, Program Content, and Learning Objectives of this training, please view our page on Theraplay Level One HERE!

Included For Everyone in The US and Canada:

The third edition of Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play, a $75 value

25* CEs for every major professional affiliation (*except where noted)

Two free on-line group supervision meetings, where you will be able to observe one of our practicum students receiving consultation on a real video case.

Registration Terms and Conditions

Level One Theraplay & MIM and Group (Santiago, Chile)

This is a 4 day training

Trainers: Nicole Charney & Catalina Grez

This training is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of the Theraplay model. After completing this training, participants will be able to begin applying Theraplay principles into their work with existing and new clients.

For more information about Special Features, Program Content, and Learning Objectives of this training, please view our page on Theraplay Level One HERE!

For more information or to register please contact [email protected]

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Level One Theraplay & MIM (Evanston, IL)

This is a 4 day training, the second two days will be January 30-31, 2020.

Trainers: Sam Bunnyfield and Donna Gates

This training is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of the Theraplay model. After completing this training, participants will be able to begin applying Theraplay principles into their work with existing and new clients.

For more information about Special Features, Program Content, and Learning Objectives of this training, please view our page on Theraplay Level One HERE!

Included For Everyone in The US and Canada:

The third edition of Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play, a $75 value

25* CEs for every major professional affiliation (*except where noted)

Two free on-line group supervision meetings, where you will be able to observe one of our practicum students receiving consultation on a real video case.

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Level One Theraplay & MIM (Albuquerque, NM)

This is a 4 day training

Trainer: Mandy Jones

This training is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of the Theraplay model. After completing this training, participants will be able to begin applying Theraplay principles into their work with existing and new clients.

For more information about Special Features, Program Content, and Learning Objectives of this training, please view our page on Theraplay Level One HERE!

Included For Everyone in The US and Canada:

The third edition of Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play, a $75 value

25* CEs for every major professional affiliation (*except where noted)

Two free on-line group supervision meetings, where you will be able to observe one of our practicum students receiving consultation on a real video case.

Registration Terms and Conditions

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