Theraplay® – The Practitioner’s Guide

Dr Vivien Norris, Dafna Lender
Foreword by Phyllis Booth



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The Definitive Guide to Theraplay® for Practitioners, officially endorsed by the Theraplay® Institute.

Theraplay® is an intervention that focuses on enhancing the connection, trust and joy between a child and a parent. It involves interactive, playful activities using simple face-to-face reciprocal interactions, and involves using all of the senses, including rhythm, movement and touch. This comprehensive guide outlines the theory, reflection, and skill development of the practitioner – the true power house of Theraplay®. By maintaining a focus on practice throughout, embedding theory into practice examples, it brings the spirit of Theraplay® to life.

Part 1 covers the key principles of the intervention;

Part 2 addresses Theraplay® in Practice: how to use the Marschak Interaction Method (MIM), how to set up a room and choose activities and considerations for working with different client groups;

Part 3 encourages the reader to engage in their own development and the stages involved;

and Parts 4 and 5 provide a wealth of useful resources, checklists, handouts, sample sessions and an up-to-date list of Theraplay® activities.

Whether you are a Theraplay® practitioner, or simply want to find out how this remarkable intervention works, this book is essential reading.


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Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Published: 21/01/2020
ISBN: 978-1785922107
Type: Paperback

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Vivien is a Director and Founder of The Family Place, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Music Therapist. Fully Certified in both Theraplay® and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) as a practitioner, supervisor and trainer.

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