Theraplay® is a child and family modality of play therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. Rated as “effective” by the SAMHSA National Registry for Evidenced – Based Programs and Practices, it is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. The fifth module focuses on planning Theraplay treatment. The course begins by learning how to adapt what was learned in the Marschak Interaction Method play therapy assessment into treatment goals. This will be accomplished by examining the four dimensions of Theraplay and how what is seen in the MIM relates to the presenting problems. Practitioners will learn how to connect behaviors to sensory needs. Further attention will be given to examining the eight senses and the role they play in a child’s regulation needs. The child’s unique sensory and regulation profile will then be considered when creating a series of play therapy sessions for a demonstration case. It is important for new Theraplay clinicians to understand the phases of treatment and how to work through resistance in play therapy interactions. The last major topic to be explored in this module is the therapist’s use of self in Theraplay treatment. While countertransference is present in all forms of play therapy, it is even more prevalent in Theraplay due to the intimacy of interactions. Completion of this module will prepare clinicians new and experienced for how to masterfully work through a Theraplay case from beginning to end.
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