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Theraplay Seminar

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.

This one-day seminar provides a solid grounding in Theraplay: the history and core concepts, research about Theraplay, attachment and the brain; the four domains of Theraplay, the use of MIM for assessment and treatment planning, how Theraplay sessions are planned to meet the individual child’s needs, methods for involving parents, adapting Theraplay for different popualtions, group Theraplay and determining when Theraplay is appropriate for treatment. Lectures, practice activities and UK case examples will be used.

What skills will you take away?

  • Understanding of the history and basic assumptions of Theraplay using the core concepts model
  • Understanding of the four domains of Theraplay: Structure, Nurture, Engagement and Challenge
  • Understanding of how MIM is used for assessment and treatment planning
  • How to use Theraplay activities for each of the four domains
  • Understand how parents are involved in treatment
  • Understanding of the population groups that can benefit from Theraplay treatment

Who should attend?

This programme is designed for professionals who would like to know more about Theraplay because they are considering adding Theraplay to their practice, currently refer others for treatment or work with others using Theraplay. It is suitable for graduate students and professors as well as practicing clinicians.


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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