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Introductory Theraplay & Marshak Interaction Method (MIM) Training - Leeds


Introductory Therpalay & MIMPLEASE NOTE: This is a four day workshop taking place on the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th October 2017.


This workshop is appropriate for all professionals who work with children and families.

Who should attend

Social workers and other professionals working with children and families.

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

Theraplay is used internationally in at least 28 countries, and over 1,200 professionals from the UK have attended our training since 2003. Join the thousands of mental health professionals who have added Theraplay to their skill set!

How does Theraplay differ from other kinds of child therapy?

• It directly supports 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


Annie Kiermaier, LCSW, RN, is a certified Theraplay therapist, trainer, and supervisor.  She holds an MSW from the University of Maine at Orono, an A.D. in Nursing from the University of Maine at Augusta, and a B.A. from Earlham College in Richmond Indiana.  Annie authored Chapter 7 of the 3rd edition of the Theraplay book, "Theraplay for Children with Regulation Disorders."   Annie has a lifelong passion for helping parents and their children have healthy, joyful attachment relationships.  After a 10 year career as a registered nurse, Annie provided home and office-based mental health therapy to families of young children in Mid-Coast Maine for 23 years, working with a wide variety of problems including families with attachment and trauma histories. She has been a full time Theraplay trainer since 2013.

Dr Petria Thoresen, PhD is a fully certified Theraplay® Therapist working towards her Theraplay® Trainers and Supervisors certification. Petria has completed a PhD in Psychology through Canterbury University, New Zealand. Her thesis was focused on the development of protocols to ensure the ethical interviewing of children in out-of-home care. Petria has a Post Graduate Diploma in Science- Child and Family Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice and is currently a NZ Registered Psychologist. She has been working with children and families for over 20 years and has worked in roles within Education, Justice and Corrections, Youth, and Ministry of Social Development. She has a background in Education, Social Work and Psychology. She is currently a New Zealand Registered Psychologist.

Petria is currently working as a Theraplay Practice Leader with Stand Children’s Services ensuring the ethical and culturally safe practice of Sunshine Circles, Group Theraplay® and Theraplay® whilst maintaining program integrity. Stand Children’s Service runs a four week residential village stay for vulnerable children supporting them and their families with their experiences of trauma and daily functioning. Stand have seven villages across NZ.

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Fee excluding VAT:

Professionals: £982.50 (£1179 incl VAT)

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