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Theraplay Level 2 – Module 1: Core Concepts In-Depth and MIM Skill Development

Family Futures is now one of the UK centres for Theraplay training with qualified UK-based trainers who specialise in working with traumatised children and their families.  Theraplay is used in the UK and internationally, with around 1,200 professionals attending our training since 2002.

Registrants should have experience using Theraplay in their work before attending Level 2 training; there should be at least three months between Level 1 and Level 2 training so that participants have experience in using Theraplay techniques in their work.

Registrants should have experience using Theraplay in their work before attending this training.  Each module will include at least one case presentation.  Making a case presentation is not required, but is an option if you would like to receive supervision. Making a case presentation is not required, but is an option for those who would like to receive supervision in the future.

Attending Theraplay Level 2 modules as separate trainings is ideal for those who do not intend to pursue certification. However, completion of all three modules is required for certification.

This module will focus on several examples of MIMs and their interpretation to improve your comfort and skill in administering and interpreting this assessment.

  • In-depth application of the core concepts of Theraplay and current relevant research to case material
  • Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) by Dimension: an in-depth analysis using case examples
  • Observation and analysis of MIM using case material
  • The Parent feedback session: preparation and implementation to enhance the therapeutic relationship with caregivers

Special Features:

  • Time permitting, you may share one of your complex or interesting MIM’s for group discussion.
  • Actual case material will be utilised  through video to enhance your learning experience

Additional information


4 to 8 September 2017, 11 to 13 September 2017

Course objectives

  • Describe the underlying principles of Theraplay, a modality of play therapy, and their relationship to current attachment and brain research
  • Administer and analyze the MIM at an intermediate skill level
  • Develop skills in the use of the MIM for treatment planning
  • Describe how to use feedback sessions with parents to transmit a sense of hopefulness and trust

What skills will you take away?

  • How to administer and analyse the MIM at an intermediate skill level
  • MIM skills for treatment planning
  • How to use a wide range of Theraplay activities and techniques

Who should attend?

Psychologists psychiatrists, occupational therapists, social workers, speech and language therapists, counsellors, adoption and post-adoption counsellors, therapists, family therapists, early childhood and developmental specialists, and teachers.


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

Course times: 9am - 5pm


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