What is Theraplay? Theraplay is a short-term, therapist-guided dyadic psychotherapy that focuses on parent-child relationships. It:
- Enhances attachment, self-esteem, and trust in others through joyful engagement
- Is based on the natural patterns of interaction between parent and child
- Focuses on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: structure, engagement, nurture and challenge
- Creates an active and empathic connection between child and parents
- Results in changed view of the self as worthy and loveable, and of relationships as positive
How Does Theraplay Differ from Other Kinds of Child Therapy?
- It directly involves the parents or caregivers in change
- It is active, interpersonal, and fun—not “talk therapy”
- Progress can be made quickly
- It focuses on strengthening the parent-child relationship
- It focuses on the “here and now,” not what happened in the past
- It can be used with young children or children with developmental delays
- The “Theraplay way” flows easily from clinical setting to home
- Theraplay is appropriate for all ages– infancy through adolescence
There is training in Australia now!
The training includes how to bring fun, laughter and positive relationships into your classroom.