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  • 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!

  • Integrating Theraplay & EMDR

    Treating children with complex trauma is challenging. Integrating two therapies, Theraplay and EMDR, can have a synergistic effect of facilitating healing in these children. Theraplay can facilitate the child's relationship with the therapist and with the parent, enhance self-esteem, attachment and affect regulation. EMDR can directly treat the trauma itself. Join us for this unique opportunity to learn from Glenda Villamarin, M.A., who is a certified trainer for both modalities and has a deep understanding about how to use them together for best results. For information and Registration, CLICK HERE! headshot glenda

  • One Day Theraplay Overview in NY!


    Join Dafna Lender, LCSW for an Introduction to Theraplay: Treating Trauma and Attachment Issues with Children and Parents, May 4th, 2018. This training will be help at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York, NY. To find out more information and to register, follow the link HERE! 

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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.

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    "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."

The Theraplay Institute is responsible for setting quality standards for Theraplay treatment, training and supervision for practitioners around the world.* All Theraplay students must submit and pass their mid-term and final examinations using a Theraplay Institute supervisor, and all certificates are issued from The Theraplay Institute.

As the number of highly-experienced Theraplay therapists increases in a country, there is a process for organizing locally. The first step is to form an Alliance with a charter issued by The Theraplay Institute and a board of directors composed of highly skilled Theraplay therapists, at least one of whom is also a Supervisor and Trainer. The Alliance is responsible for organizing all training and supervision with our oversight and for maintaining certification records within their country. The Alliance may create a Theraplay website for their country, and organize local conferences and networking meetings.

The Theraplay Institute has chartered The Alliance for Theraplay in South Korea and the Japan Theraplay Alliance. Only training and supervision officially endorsed by The Theraplay Institute and The Alliance can count toward Theraplay certification. The Alliance also makes recommendations for the Theraplay Supervisor and Trainer practicum. Students should still submit their practicum applications to The Theraplay Institute as well as to The Alliance.

When the number of certified Trainers and Supervisors in a country makes it possible for them to sustain their own program, The Theraplay Institute may issue a franchise which allows the organization of an Affiliate. Affiliates may run their own training and supervision programs with annual reports to The Theraplay Institute and an on-site inspection every five years. All mid-terms and finals are still submitted to The Theraplay Institute, but practicum applications are submitted directly to the Affiliate.

The Theraplay Institute has charted The Finnish Theraplay Association as our official franchise in Finland.

For more information contact Gayle Christensen .

*The exception is in German-speaking European countries. Ulrike Franke registered Theraplay in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 1995. The German Theraplay Institute retains right to set Theraplay standards and ownership of the Theraplay service mark in these countries. The Theraplay Institute does not issue certificates in these countries, with the exception The Netherlands.



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