Join The Theraplay Institute at the first-of-it's kind National Conference on Post Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP)
May 31-June 2, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee


The Theraplay Institute is co-sponsoring an innovative new conference dedicated uniquely to post-adoption services. Presenters at this conference have been chosen specifically to illustrate innovations and provide inspiration for change in the field of post-adoption services. There will be three "tracks" for professionals: clinical, policy and community, all geared towards helping you get the kind of information and skills you need to advocate and treat adoptive families. Register now!


Take a look at the conference agenda for details about speakers and topics.

Upcoming Training Schedule    

For the complete training schedule click here

Read all about the 1st UK Theraplay Conference

What is THERAPLAY? An Overview Seminar for Professionals

Building Strong Relationships: A Workshop for Adoptive and Foster Families


Watch this video to learn more about Theraplay!


    Trauma-Focused Theraplay, Eliana Gil, Ph.D.Eliana Gil, Ph.D. has worked in the field of child abuse and prevention since 1973.  She is a prolific author, most recently Helping Abused and Traumatized Children:  Integrating Directive and Non-Directive Approaches (2011).

    "I cannot say enough about Theraplay.  You have to experience it.  You have to watch what happens to your clients when applied carefully and purposefully.  

    As an integrated clinician, I am eternally grateful for this wonderful technique, deceptively simple, amazingly accessible, and tested over decades with thousands of parent-child dyads.  Its application is without bounds, and my purpose here is to encourage clinicians to think about Theraplay as a therapy of choice for trauma and its subsequent clinical issues."



    Donaldson Adoption Institute considers Theraplay an Adoption Competent Specialized Treatment.

    The Donaldson Adoption Institute’s mission is to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption through sound research, education and advocacy that improves laws, policies and practices.



    Douglas Goldsmith, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of The Children’s Center, a private not for profit agency serving the mental health needs of families with children under the age of 8 years.










    Save the Date...

    7th International Theraplay Conference

    July 14-15, 2016

    Evanston, Illinois

    Featuring keynote speaker Stephen Porges

     "The Polyvagal Theory: 

    The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe"

    Registration opens September 1, 2015


Latest News & Events


  • Attachment-Based Therapeutic Parenting

    Building Strong Relationships: A Workshop for Adoptive and Foster Families

    Adopted and foster children often need a different kind of parenting. Come learn specific ideas and techniques to help bring joy, fun, and laughter back home to your family. These techniques are based on the latest information about attachment and trauma. To register for an upcoming full-day session at The Theraplay Institute click here.

  • Theraplay Master Class - Saturday, June, 27, 2015!

    This year's Theraplay Master Class focuses on combining Theraplay with DDP and will be held on Saturday, June 27th at The Theraplay Institute's Evanston headquarters. For more information click here.
  • The Story of the Incredible Phyllis Booth

    Co-founder of Theraplay, Phyllis Booth, MA, has led an amazing life!  She recently shared with us memories of her childhood and important influences to her thinking about parent-child relationships that went into the development of the Theraplay model.  Click here to watch this incredible 45 minute video.

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