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Level One Theraplay and Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) workshop

Date: 13 Apr 2020 - 16 Apr 2020


4-day training workshop in SAMHSA-recognised Level One Theraplay® & Marschak Interaction Method.

Theraplay is a therapist-guided dyadic psychotherapy that focuses on parent-child relationships and has been accepted by SAMHSA in the United Sates as an evidence-based practice.


- Enhances attachment, self-esteem, and trust in others through joyful engagement
- Elicits cooperation and improves behavior issues in children through positive connection
- Creates an active and empathic connection between children and parents
- Focuses on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: structure, engagement, nurture and challenge
- Results in a changed view of the self as worthy and loveable, and of relationships as positive
- Is appropriate for all ages from infancy through to adolescence

In the sessions, the therapist guides the parent and child through playful games, challenging activities, and nurturing interactions. Theraplay helps the child experience previously difficult interactions in new ways, helps overcome fear, increases trust and creates a positive change in the child’s sense of self. Theraplay helps the parent to be attuned to the child, understand the motives of the child’s behaviour and underlying needs, manage environmental stimuli and carefully guide the child in a safe place.

The Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) Assessment is a structured technique for observing and assessing the relationship between two individuals, such as the parent or caregiver and child. It consists of a series of simple tasks designed to elicit a range of behaviours in four dimensions.

Training Objectives:

Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to:

- Administer the MIM and analyse it at a beginning level
- Conduct feedback sessions with parents based upon the MIM analysis
- Use the MIM as a guideline for Theraplay treatment planning
- Understand the principles of attachment theory on an intellectual and experiential level
- Observe demonstrations of Theraplay treatment and techniques
- Practice Theraplay activities in dyads
- Identify the types of behaviours that require a particular dimension
- Utilize the four Theraplay Dimensions to treat the specific needs of a child
- Describe how Theraplay is applied to meet the needs of children with behaviour problems, foster and adopted children, children with a history of trauma, neglect, abuse, ASD and older children
- Describe how to guide parents to participate in a Theraplay treatment session

About the Trainer:

Donna M. Gates, M.A., LCPC, is a Certified Theraplay Therapist and Senior Supervisor and Trainer for The Theraplay Institute. For the past 20 years, she has done individual, couples, and family therapy as well as domestic violence treatment, anger management treatment for adults and children, and parenting training and consultation. In the past, she has presented at the Theraplay International Conference and has written two articles for the Theraplay Newsletter, one on the use of Theraplay in Domestic Violence treatment groups and the other on the reparative effects of Theraplay in the treatment of families who have experienced family violence.

Duration: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Venue: Morning Star Training Centre, Block 323A Sengkang East Way, #01-545 Singapore 541323

Website: Go to event website

Contact: Email Organizer

Registration by 31st January 2020: $1,898
Registration from 1st February to 12th April 2020: $1,998

Language: English

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