Introductory Theraplay® Level 1 Training


FOUR DAYS OF TRAINING: Sign-Up and Learn Theraplay and The Marschak Interaction Method Assessment (MIM)

Theraplay is short-term, structured therapy that focuses on enhancing attachments. It promotes self-esteem, language, behavioral, and social skills and enhances relationships between significant others. Professionals around the world are trained in Theraplay, and may use it with a single child, an entire family, or groups of children in a variety of settings, including: attachment therapy for foster/adopted children, 
trauma and abuse victims, children with behavioral and developmental problems, and groups, such as schools and residential treatment facilities.

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

  • Principles of attachment theory on an intellectual and experiential level.
  • The Four Dimensions of Theraplay.
  • The Theraplay protocol.
  • An introduction to MIM: administration, analysis and as a guide for treatment planning.
  • Adapting Theraplay for working with children and families impacted by complex trauma and other populations.
  • Managing resistance throughout the treatment process.
  • Managing countertransference in your work with children and families.
  • Implementing Theraplay into your practice.
  • Administer the MIM and analyze it at a beginning level.
  • List three goals to be achieved during a MIM feedback session with parents.
  • Utilize the MIM as a guide for treatment planning.
  • Describe the four dimensions of Theraplay, a modality
    of play therapy.
  • Demonstrate one activity from each dimension: structure, engagement, nurture and challenge.
  • Describe three possible ways of adapting Theraplay treatment to meet the needs of a child with complex trauma.
  • Describe how to guide parents to participate in Theraplay treatment session.
  • It’s interactive, intense and practical – you’ll leave with the knowledge and skills to begin using Theraplay in your work.
  • It features Theraplay treatment videos with a variety
    of clients.
  • It includes interactive sessions to practice a variety of Theraplay activities.
  • It concludes with the creation of a treatment plan for
    one of your own clients and a chance to practice it
    for feedback.

You may sign up for training if you’re qualified, licensed, certified or registered in a field that prepares you to work with children and families. You should have a solid background in: You may sign up for training if you’re qualified, licensed, certified or registered in a field that prepares you to work with children and families. You should have a solid background in: 

  1. The principles of human development.
  2. The ethical issues within your discipline, including best practices.
  3. Professional experience working with children and families. 

You may also participate if you have experience working with children and families, but haven’t yet completed a professional degree (i.e. those with diplomas in Early Childhood Education or in Child and Youth Work). We will outline opportunities to become certified as a Theraplay therapist during this course.


Lorie Walton (E.C.E., B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed.) is a Certified Child Psychotherapist Play Therapist supervisor and trainer and a Certified Theraplay Therapist supervisor and international trainer. She is the owner and lead therapist of Family First Play Therapy Centre Inc. in Bradford, ON, which focuses on helping children, youth, teens and families with trauma, attachment, and emotional and developmental issues (

Click here to download the brochure and registration.


2018 DATES:

  • Friday, May 25 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 
  • Saturday, May 26 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 27 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, May 28 (8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

Lunch is on your own. There are several restaurants located close to the Canadian Mennonite University Campus..


Canadian Mennonite University Campus, North Side Campus, Room TBD, Shaftesbury Blvd. Winnipeg, MB.

COST (GST Exempt):

  • Early Registration (by April 15, 2018): $750
  • Regular Registration (after April 15, 2018: $800




  • Refund Policy: NO refunds – alternate person may attend, if you notify us prior to the workshop.
  • Payment is due upon registration.
  • Certificate of attendance and receipts will be issued at the training.