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Group Theraplay® Training, Droitwich

3 May 2024, 9:00am - 5:00pm

One day Group Theraplay® training accredited by The Theraplay Institute® for those who have taken Level One Theraplay & MIM.

Lunch, refreshments and all course materials included.

Course Overview

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. This training is for professionals who want to use Theraplay in classrooms, day care, residential settings or with family groups. Teachers and assistant teachers should typically attend Group Theraplay training. 

A Theraplay® Group is an adult-directed, structured play group that incorporates playful, cooperative and nurturing activities that enhance the emotional well-being of children. Unlike other play group approaches, Theraplay learning takes place on a non-verbal level. Instead of talking about positive social behaviour, the group leaders and children do positive social interaction. Positive messages from the group interaction gradually become a part of the child’s internal sense of self.

The Family Place is 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. Our courses are active and rewarding and we get consistently excellent feedback.

In order to attend this training, you need to have a relevant professional qualification or to work under an umbrella organisation that holds a regulatory function (see eligibility criteria below).

There is also a training for parents and carers – Parenting with Theraplay® which is most suitable for carers and can be adapted for residential contexts.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply Theraplay® principles to group treatment in a school setting
  •  Describe how touch helps a child to feel more calm and organized and can result in an increased ability to self regulate in the classroom
  • Describe the four dimensions of Theraplay®, a modality of play therapy
  •  List a variety of materials and activities that are appropriate for this Group Theraplay® model
  • Develop skills in using the group rules and group techniques in practice
  • Describe three techniques for managing resistance and problem situations in groups
  • List three strategies for incorporating Theraplay® in daily interactions with children
  • Describe how feeling safe shapes a child’s social/emotional development and executive functioning
  • Describe how a child’s feelings of safety are shaped by the following:
    • Attachment
    • Neurosequential development
    • Polyvagel system
  • Demonstrate how to engage children in activities that promote felt-safety in-person and virtually

Course Requirements:

It is required that participents have completed Level One Theraplay® & MIM before attending this training.

Complete the Theraplay® UK training eligibility and declaration form when you book your place to confirm your booking.

*Theraplay® UK upholds the need for high standards for safe and ethical practice. To do this we need to ensure that either you personally or your organisation meets two criteria for how you will carry out your Theraplay work. The Training Eligibility and Declaration form asks you to confirm your clinical responsibility and your professional liability insurance.


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3 May
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Dr Emily Barnbrook is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, certified Theraplay practitioner and trainer and is working towards certification as a Theraplay supervisor.
The Family Place, Droitwich
Hillcairnie House, 5 St Andrew's Road
Droitwich, WR9 8DJ United Kingdom

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