INTRODUCTION TO THERAPLAY AND THE MARSCHAK INTERACTION METHOD: FOUR-DAY WORKSHOP
THERAPLAY® is an Attachment-Based therapeutic approach using structured play to help challenging children and their families. It has been used effectively since it was first developed in the late 1960s by Ann Jernberg, Phyllis Booth, and others at the Theraplay®Institute in Chicago. Theraplay®has been utilized in schools, day care centers, child guidance clinics, speech clinics, and in private practice in the United States, Canada, South Korea, Germany, Australia, Israel, Austria, Finland, Japan, and other countries around the world. Its primary applications have been with children who have behavior problems (particularly withdrawn and overactive children), speech and language problems, physical challenges, autistic children, and children experiencing difficulties related to adoption. In recent years, Theraplay®principles have also found applications in geriatric settings.
THERAPLAY® looks to healthy parent-child interaction as a guide for helping understand children's needs and potentials for positive emotional development. Theraplay®sessions are active, intense, physical, nurturing, and fun. Parents usually are included in the process from the beginning, and often join in the play sessions later. Theraplay®experiences are structured, nurturing, engaging and challenging. Professionals who apply Theraplay®to other settings (such as schools and clinics) often find themselves stimulated to find creative ways to apply Theraplay®in their day-to-day practice.
The Format for the workshop includes presentation of information, videotaped examples, role playing, and other structured activities. There will be opportunities for participants to present cases for discussion.
For Certification as a Theraplay® Therapist, there are additional requirements, including intensive supervision and examinations. Please contact Drs. Myrow and Bundy-Myrow for more information.