Training and events

​Level One Theraplay and the Marschak Interaction Method

Venue: The Three Swans Hotel, 21 High Street, Market Harborough LE16 7NJ

Theraplay workshops are intensive, active and rewarding. The number of participants is limited so that each person can receive the special attention that makes for a good training experience. There are opportunities to:

  • observe the live treatment of a family, including the assessment via the Marschak Interaction Method, feedback to the parents, and several Theraplay sessions
  • watch videotapes of treatment with a variety of clients
  • practice the use of Theraplay techniques
  • plan how each participant can use Theraplay with their clients at home

Completion of Theraplay and MIM training is the first step in the Theraplay® therapist certification process.

​Learning objectives

  1. Knowledge of how to administer the Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) including methods of recording non-verbal and verbal behaviours, making inferences and formulating hypotheses.
  2. Knowledge of how a MIM report is organised.
  3. Knowledge of how a feedback session is conducted.
  4. Knowledge of how the MIM is used as a guideline for planning treatment.
  5. Understanding of the history and theory of Theraplay.
  6. Increased knowledge in the interactional basis of parent-infant attachment and self-esteem.
  7. Skill development in the differentiation and use of the 4 Theraplay dimensions.
  8. Knowledge of how Theraplay is used to meet the needs of children with behaviour problems, foster and adopted children, autistic children, adolescents, and traumatised children.
  9. Knowledge of how parents are guided to empathically observe and participate in Theraplay sessions aimed at fostering better parent-child attachment.
  10. Skill development in group work.

Please note: The Theraplay Institute requires you to read chapters 1, 2 and 4 of Theraplay, third edition, prior to the training (Ann M. Jernberg, Phyllis B. Booth, available online at Amazon).

​Level One (4-day course)



​13 to 16 May 2019 ​£760

Lunch and refreshments included.

​Level One including group day (5-day course)



​13 to 17 May 2019 ​£950

Lunch and refreshments included.

​Who should attend?

Both training workshops are aimed at professionals and practitioners, including:

  • LSAs
  • learning mentors
  • teachers
  • social workers
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • counsellors
  • family therapists
  • educational psychologists
  • play therapists
  • psychiatric nurses
  • occupational therapists
  • early childhood and developmental specialists

​2-day Theraplay training

The program will contain:

  • principles of attachment theory on an intellectual and experiential level
  • the Four Dimensions of Theraplay for child development
  • how to quickly assess which of the dimensions a particular child might need
  • strategies for incorporating Theraplay in daily interactions with children
  • the importance of touch for children's well-being and regulation
  • the effects of complex trauma on a child's brain and behaviour
  • applying Theraplay principles to children's groups
  • adapting Theraplay Groups to different populations
  • leadership skills for implementing a Theraplay group
  • addressing resistant behaviour within the Theraplay group 
  • experiential practices of both being a participant and a leader
  • strategies for successful implementation

Learning objectives

  • describe the four dimensions of Theraplay, a modality of play therapy
  • apply Theraplay principles to group treatment
  • have developed skills in using the group rules and group techniques through practice
  • demonstrate how to adapt the use of group Theraplay with various populations
  • describe how nurturing and regulating physical connection can assist a child to feel calm and more organized in a group setting
  • list three effects of complex trauma on a child's brain and behaviour
  • describe three techniques for managing resistance and problem situations in groups
  • list a variety of materials and activities that are appropriate for the group Theraplay model
  • list three essential strategies for successful implementation


​​Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 June 2019
​The Three Swans Hotel
21 High Street
Market Harborough
LE16 7NJ