2nd British Theraplay Conference: Theraplay In Action

2nd British Theraplay Conference: Theraplay in Action

September 11-12, 2017 

University of Leicester, Slamford Court, LE2 2LH 


Doing A-tooty-taThe Theraplay community in the UK is gathering a number of renowned practitioners to showcase application of Theraplay in a variety of clinical and other settings. Focusing on Individual, family, group work and a whole lot more...

Presenters & Contributors to include Dr Vivien Norris, Clinical Director of The Family Place, Sandra Lindaman Senior Training Adviser to The Theraplay Institute, renowned Private Practitioner Donna Gates, Ellen Wallace Executive Principal Woodnewton Academy Trust, Heather Moran Author, therapist and attachment support teacher. Jo Williams Theraplay Manager Northants County Council, Dr Pip McGirl Associate Professor in School Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Dr Elaine Fletcher-Janzen Professor of School Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

See the conference programme here: http://www.wp.theraplay.org/uk/2nd-uk-theraplay-conference/

Conference Day 1:
  • Around the World with Theraplay
  • Theraplay Applications in the UK
  • The Science Behind the Power of Theraplay
  • Chipping Away at the Systemic Patterns of Domestic Violence
  • Coventry Grid
  • Regional Groups 
Conference Day 2:
  • Group Theraplay with the Elderly
  • 3 Part Neurodevelopmental Perspectives - The theory and practical application of the neurodevelopmental approach

See below for photos from the First British Theraplay conference in 2015:

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Phyllis Booth and Panos Vastonis

James talking to conference James talking to conference
Louise Bomber.Ellen Wallace

Louise Bomber and Ellen Wallace
PB Playing
Phyllis Booth playing

You can also find other Theraplay products in the UK at Cairns Moir Connections!
Theraplay receives highest evidence-based rating!

Theraplay has been accepted by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrationgamefor inclusion on the National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and practices

We at The Theraplay Institute are very proud to be recognized by SAMSHA, and want to thank everyone who helped us obtain this rating, especially our Research Director, Catherine Tucker, Ph.D. and our Certified Theraplay Trainer and researcher in Hong Kong, Angela Siu, Ph.D., whose studies were primarily responsible for this achievement.

Theraplay Book for Parents- Coming this fall!
Congratulations to Drs. Vivien Norris and Helen Rodwell on their upcoming Theraplay book for Parents! The book will be officially launched at the 2nd British Theraplay Conference this coming fall!

Parenting with Theraplay: Understanding Attachment and How to Nurture a Closer Relationship with your Child (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

Theraplay® is an attachment-focused model that allows parents to build confidence in their abilities and strengthen their relationship with their child. This book provides an overview of Theraplay based ideas that can be used directly by parents. Illustrative case examples detail these ideas in action.

family-place1-300x81Intensive Family Theraplay Camp
The Family Place team are excited to be running a three day, two night intensive Family Theraplay Camp for adoptive families in June 2017.  Places are limited.

For more information contact sara@thefamilyplace.co.uk

Web Group Supervision 
The Theraplay Institute is pleased to be able to offer web group supervision to all Level One graduates, 
providing a rich, online learning experience. See the successes and challenges of your colleagues as they work toward Theraplay certification and give yourself a realistic model to evaluate your own skills and build confidence. First two web observations are FREE or you can present a case for only $50! If you are interested in presenting a case for these groups please contact Robin Shannon at robin@theraplay.org

Upcoming Theraplay Trainings

Level One Theraplay & MIM

6-10 May 2017*
4-8 September 2017*
8-12 May 2017*
4-8 September 2017*
​15-19 May 2017*
18-21 September 2017
Milton Keynes
15-20 May 2017*
18-21 September 2017
22-25 May 2017
Milton Keynes
9-14 October 2017*
12-15 June 2017
Hay-on-Wye, Wales
16-20 October 2017
Cumbria, UK
12-15 June 2017
Belfast, North Ireland
16-19 October 2017
Hay-on-Wye, UK
* This training includes Group Theraplay

Level Two Theraplay & MIM

  3-5 July 2017
  11-13 September 2017
  20-22 September 2017
  17-19 October 2017
Milton Keynes

Group Theraplay

11-12 May 2017
20 October 2017
(Requires taking Level One Theraplay & MIM as a pre-requisite)

What is Theraplay? Overview Seminar

15 May 2017

MIM Skills Development

27-28 April 2017
For more information regarding the upcoming UK trainings click the event link
or contact The Theraplay Institute.

New Certified Therapists in the UK

Congratulations to our newly certified practitioners!           
Dr. Helen Rodwell, Derby
April 2017

Certfied Theraplay Supervisor

Foundational Theraplay Practitioner

Rebecca Quick, Knutsford, April 2017

Upcoming Regional Theraplay Interest Groups

Theraplay Action Group (TAG)

Saturday, 10 June 2017

164 Eardley Road, Streatham, SW16 5TG
Tel: Julie 0208 679 9252  07940 798 060

If anyone needs help with transport/to be picked up at station call Jenny on 07817 801 882
Blackpool Regional Group 

A regional group is currently being formed in the Blackpool region with the purpose of sharing ideas and experiences and generally supporting trainees on their Theraplay journey. If you are interested and would like more information about this forming group please contact 
Pam Aspin at pamela.aspin@eddiversity.blackpool.sch.uk
Theraplay Training Photos



This lively group of Level II participants in Radcliffe UK are being a Theraplay Orchestra led by Kerry Smith (trainer Annie Kiermaier)!


These lively folks came from all corners of Devon UK to join in Level One and Group training in Collumpton with Annie Kiermaier and Jenny Van Dyk.


Sue Bellamy is "planting Theraplay seeds" by organizing this great group of practitioners in Wirral UK for a level I training led by Annie Kiermaier.


Bring Theraplay Training to Your Workplace

Since 2003, The Theraplay Institute has conducted 110 separate training events in the UK.  We have regular sponsors from the charitable and private sectors such as Family Futures, After Adoption. BAAF, Adoption Plus and the PAC-UK. We have also been sponsored by many local authorities and services from Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Sheffield, Rotherham, Essex, Cornwall, Wales, Worchestershire, Lincolnshire, Lewisham, Cambridge, Bath & NE Somerset and more.
The Theraplay Institute offers the following training options:
  • Level One Theraplay & MIM (four days) for groups of up to 12, 24 or 30
  • Group Theraplay (one or two days)
  • What is Theraplay?  An overview seminar (one day)
  • Parent training on a variety of topics, such as Therapeutic Parenting for Adopted Children and Discipline the Theraplay Way
  • Specialized training or consultation in combining Theraplay with other treatment modalities, adapting Theraplay specifically for the population you serve, and others
We have trainers in the UK and American trainers who come over for extended training tours.  To inquire about scheduling our training, please contact Gayle Christensen, gayle@theraplay.org.
Send Us Your UK News!

We would like to share your Theraplay news! 
  • Regional meeting information
  • Supervision and peer supervision opportunities
  • Short articles about your Theraplay work
  • Photos related to Theraplay
  • Information about interesting conferences and trainings
  • Career announcements
  • Publications related to Theraplay
  • Book  and resource recommendations
Please send to Gayle Christensen, Executive Director: gayle@theraplay.org
Tel: (847) 256-7334
Fax: (847) 256-7370

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