Playful | Present | Passionate

Dafna is an international trainer and supervisor for practitioners who work with children and families. She is a certified trainer and supervisor/consultant in both Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Dafna’s expertise is drawn from 25 years of working with families with attachment in many settings: at-risk after school programs, therapeutic foster care, in-home crisis stabilization, residential care and private practice. Dafna’s style, whether as a therapist or teacher, is combining the light-hearted with the profound by bringing a playful, intense and passionate presence to every encounter. She is as likely to break out into song as engage in serious intellectual discourse.

Online Learning

Expert Discussions

Sit down with Dafna Lender as she shares with you conversations with 3 different experts: Peter Levine, Stephen Porges, and Bessel van der Kolk.

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Complimentary E-Book: Interrupting Intergenerational Trauma

Download this complimentary E-book to examine a case study of one family’s experience with attachment centered family therapy and learn why incorporating parents into the therapeutic process is an integral part of disrupting the cycle of intergenerational trauma.

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Theraplay: The Practioner's Guide

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.

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Upcoming Trainings

4 week program

Integrative Attachment Family Therapy

Join Dafna in this collaborative program where we learn and practice together! 6 hour self pace lecture included with this practical program.

Live Online Practice with Q&A Discussion
Thursdays 12PM ET - 1:30PM ET


Option 1: Apr 19, 26, May 3, 10
Option 2: Jul 8, 15, 22, 29

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Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP)

Join Dafna Lender for a 5-day course this winter and spring on Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, an approach which assists therapists and other professionals to understand and effectively support children, young people and their families.

Level 1: March 1-3 & 8-9 (FULL) | May 4-6 & 11-12 | July 23-24, 25-28

Level 2: Jan 25-27 & 29-30 (1 space left) | Mar 31-Apr 2 & 8-9 | May 19-20 & 24-26 | Jun 30-Jul 2 & 6-7 | Sept 8-10 & 13-14

Level 1 In Hebrew: Feb 17, Feb 24, Mar 4, 10, 18

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