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Event Details - THERAPLAY: Level One & MIM Training

Title: THERAPLAY: Level One & MIM Training
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

Theraplay® is an evidenced based short-term, attachment-focues intervention utilising non-symbolic, interactional play to re-create experiences of secure attachment formation between parent and child. The interactive sequences are carefully structured by the practitioner to make possible the pleasure of being together and shared enjoyment in the child's mastery. These elements of shared positive emotions are crucial in restructuring the attachment relationship towards greater organisation and security. Theraplay's® Core Concepts consist of interaction, here and now experience, adult guidance, attunement, right brain language, multisensory experience, and playfulness as well as the Theraplay® Dimensions of Structure, Engagement, Nurture and Challenge.

Whilst other therapies may work primarily with the child alone or simply work with parents/carers on managing the child’s behaviours, Theraplay® focuses on the parent/carer-child relationship which is the most powerful and influential element to create change. In treatment, the Theraplay® therapist guides the parent and child through playful, fun games, and developmentally nurturing and challenging activities. The very act of engaging each other in this way helps the parent regulate the child’s behaviour and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. This results in the child's changed view of self as lovable and worthy of relationships that are positive and rewarding, along with building confidence in the parent’s capacity to parent. Theraplay® is an essential treatment modality for professionals who work with children and families to have in their skill set, and is a complimentary model to Dyadic Developmental Practice (developed by Dan Hughes).

Theraplay® has been used successfully to help:

  • Children with developmental trauma

  • Shy, withdrawn children

  • Overactive, controlling or aggressive children

  • Foster/adoptive children with attachment difficulties

  • Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Pervasive Development Disorder

  • Children with physical disabilities, developmental delays or those who are non-verbal

  • Children who live in group settings

  • Early childhood students and others who receive services in group settings

  • Achieve a quick change in the relationship dynamic of families that are “stuck” in negativity

Course / Workshop Outline:

Who should attend this training?

Practitioners working with children and families ranging from Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Counsellors, Play Therapists, Special Education & Early Childhood Specialists, Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Residential Care Workers and Foster Support Workers.

For practitioners just wanting to know the basic concepts the one-day introduction course is available (1st Mar) designed for anyone wanting to know the basic concepts of Theraplay® or considering adding Theraplay® to their practice, refer for treatment, or work with others using Theraplay®

Attendees of the one-day course who go on to register for Level One course may qualify for a discount (please contact us for details)

OPD points: 10
Course / Workshop content:

You will learn:

  • Administer the MIM and analyse it at a beginning level

  • Conduct feedback sessions with parents based upon the MIM analysis

  • Use the MIM as a guideline for Theraplay treatment planning

  • Observe demonstrations of Theraplay treatment and techniques

  • Practice Theraplay activities in dyads

  • Identify the types of behaviors that require a particular dimension

  • Utilise the four Theraplay dimensions to treat the specific needs of a child

  • Describe how Theraplay is applied to meet the needs of children with behavior problems, foster and adopted children, children with ASD, and older children

  • Describe how to guide parents to participate in a Theraplay treatment session

  • The training concludes with the creation of a treatment plan for one of your own clients and a chance to practice it for feedback

We recommend beginning with an easier case to get practice and confidence before trying to work with complex families or trauma. Participants are referred to the Theraplay® book which underpins the approach.

Start/End Date: 30/04/2019 to 03/05/2019
Time: 09:00:00 - 17:00:00
Presenter / Provider: Alison Saxton (AUS)
Contact Name: Compass Office
Contact Phone: 0455 544 577
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Certified Theraplay® therapist, supervisor and trainers. Occupational Therapy

Alison Saxton is an Occupational Therapist and Senior Clinician at Act for Kids, and one of only two Australian Certified Theraplay® therapist, supervisor and trainer.

Address: Adina Apartment Hotel Surry Hills
Address 2: 359 Crown Street
Suburb: Surry Hills
State: NSW
Postcode: 2010
Parking: Paid
Is there disability parking and entry? Yes
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
Registration URL:
Cost ($): 1950 - 2300
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

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