Upcoming Training Schedule

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  • DDP Training in Evanston March 2019!

    This is an introductory 4-day course on Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, the intervention model developed by Dr. Daniel Hughes. This training will be held at The Theraplay Institute, March 12-15, 2019!

    Dafna Lender will present on the principles and interventions through formal presentations, discussion, videotape of sessions, role-play, and hand outs. The model is relevant for those working with children aged four through to adult years. This is phase one of certification in DDP Training and is limited to 24 participants. REGISTER HERE!!


  • Join us for monthly Attachment Matters Presentations!

    Attachment Matters is a networking group which meets the fourth Thursday of the month from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at our Evanston headquarters. Attendance is open to mental health and healthcare providers, early childhood professionals, and educators. For more information and schedules, CLICK HERE!

  • IAMFT 2018 Conference!

    The Indiana Assiciation for Marriage & Family Therapy is hosting it's 2018 Fall Conference, September 21 & 22. Theraplay will be co-hosting, as well as presenting! Trainers Sam Bunnyfield and Gloria Cockerill will be discussing Theraplay and Beyond: The Next Generation of Family Therapy for Kids and Adolscents Friday, the 21st from 9:00 - 10:30AM. 

    For more information and registration please visit www.inamft.org

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  • Bring Sunshine Circles® to you!

    The Theraplay Institute is continually scheduling Sunshine Circles training for anyone to come experience in our Evanston, IL location, like our upcoming training June 10-11, 2019 (register here). However, we know it's not always easy to make the trip. If you think your organization would benefit from taking this amazing, evidence based, social-emotional development group training, then CLICK HERE to learn more! 



Watch this video to learn more about Theraplay!



    Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

    “Play is a crucial way in which children can open their minds, strengthen their brains, and create spontaneous connections with others without judgement or fear. Theraplay is a time-tested approach that supports children's healthy development of resilience and well-being. Bravo for decades of nurturing children's lives!"


    Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

    "Theraplay is a terrific treatment for disorganized and traumatized kids. I highly recommend your taking the training!"


    Stephen Porges, Ph.D.

    Porges Gains

    "Theraplay is an efficient mode of therapy. Theraplay seamlessly incorporates within a play environment several elements that are shared with models of psychotherapy. From a Polyvagal perspective Theraplay respects the biobehavior state of the child, applies therapist initiated social engagement strategies to trigger a state of safety in the child, and promotes synchronous reciprocal interactions as a neural exercise that increases social flexibility and improves emotion regulation."

    Trauma-Focused Theraplay, Eliana Gil, Ph.D.Eliana Gil, Ph.D. 

    "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."




    Dan Hughes, Ph.D.Dan Hughes Headshot Recent1

    "I highly recommend Theraplay. Based on principles of attachment, Theraplay enables parents and their children—of all ages-- to again experience reciprocal joy and interests, cooperation and delight. This provides them with safety and a sense of closeness which creates a context where ongoing conflicts and worrisome behaviors are likely to decrease."


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