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LATEST NEWS & EVENTS



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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!

     
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    The Theraplay Institute is continually scheduling Sunshine Circles training for anyone to come experience in our Evanston, IL location, like our upcoming training August 6-7, 2018 (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! 

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    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!"

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    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."

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    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."

Therapy Services

Theraplay is a child and family therapy for enhancing and building attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction 
between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge.

Click here to find out more about The Child & Family Therapy Clinic at The Theraplay Institute.

Theraplay sessions create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding.

Theraplay is appropriate for children of all ages, including babies, and when combined with other techniques, it is a great therapy for teenagers too.  With Theraplay, family interaction patterns have improved and school professionals and pediatricians have reported positive changes in children’s behavior, self-esteem, and connections with others.  Theraplay can help children who have experienced trauma begin to heal, can help children with developmental disorders feel more comfortable with social interaction, and can help families to experience happiness and connection. 

The Theraplay Institute specializes in helping children with:

  • Shy, withdrawn, or clingy behavior
  • Acting-out, angry, or disruptive behavior
  • Defiant, oppositional or controlling behavior
  • Behavioral problems at school or with peers
  • Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Developmental disorders such as Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • A history of trauma, abuse, or neglect
  • Attachment disorder due to adoption or multiple changes in living arrangements
  • A history of social deprivation due to living in an institution
  • Psychological trauma due to medical care or serious illness

 

To request an appointment at The Child and Family Clinic at The Theraplay Institute:  Click Here

 

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