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Theraplay Level 1 & Group Training

12 to 16 October 2020

Family Futures is now one of the UK centres for Theraplay training with a qualified UK-based trainers who specialise in working with traumatised children and their families.  Theraplay is used in the UK and internationally, with over 1,200 professionals attending our training since 2002. Our  courses are active and rewarding. We limit participant numbers so you can receive the personal attention that makes for a good training experience.

Theraplay is a short-term and long term, therapist-guided therapy for children and their parents or caregivers that enhances attachment, self-esteem and trust in others through play and interaction. It is based on the natural qualities found in healthy parent and child relationships, and focuses on four domains: structure, nurture, engagement and challenge. It works on creating an active and empathetic connection between a child and their parents. This process helps children to view themselves as worthy and lovable, and change their perceptions of relationships to ones that are positive and rewarding.

Theraplay uses an assessment process called the Marschak Interaction Method (MIM), which is a structured technique for observing and assessing the interaction between caregivers and child. The MIM consists of a series of simple tasks, which the caregivers and child perform together. It is used to evaluate the caregivers’ capacity for structure, nurture, engagement and challenge; and the child’s response to a caregiver. The MIM is a valuable tool in planning treatment and determining how to help parents and children strengthen their relationships.

Group Theraplay is an adaptation for settings in which the therapist or other professionals work with groups of children or with groups of parents and children.

*It is required that participants read chapters 1,2 and 4 of the Theraplay book prior to the training, which is available to order from Amazon or other major book stores.

What skills will you take away?

  • Both the MIM and the Group Theraplay training.
  • Role-play opportunities to practice Theraplay techniques.
  • Training in how to administer the MIM and analyse it at a beginning level.
  • Experience of applying Theraplay principles to group treatment.

Who should attend?

Psychologists and Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists, Social workers, Speech and Language Therapists, Counsellors, Adoption and Post-Adoption Counsellors, Family therapists, Early Childhood & Developmental Specialists, Teachers.


Lead trainer: Jay Vaughan, M.A., is a Certified Theraplay therapist and supervisor as well as a Theraplay trainer. Jay is also a state registered Dramatherapist, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist and Somatic Experience Practitioner. Jay is the Clinical Director at Family Futures CIC and is also the agency’s Responsible Person.


Family Futures CIC
3 & 4 Floral Place
7 - 9 Northampton Grove
London N1 2PL


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