Level One Theraplay® and Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) Workshop

Level One Theraplay® and Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) Workshop
In-Person Workshop:
Monday, July 15th from 8:30am-4:30pm
Tuesday, July 16th from 8:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday, July 17th from 8:30am-4:30pm &
Thursday, July 18th from 8:30am-3:30pm
Heartland Play Therapy Institute
6701 W. 64th St., Suite 110
Overland Park, KS 66202
Limited to 18 Participants
Heartland Play is hosting this event – For workshop fee information and registration, please follow The Theraplay® Institute link: HERE


Level One training prepares participants to begin using Theraplay® Informed Practice in their work. Workshop participants will process through the Theraplay® protocol by examining the principles of attachment theory on an intellectual and experiential level, The Four Dimensions of Theraplay®, and  the Marschak Interaction Method (MIM), including the administration, analysis and how to use it as a guide for their treatment planning. This workshop will support group discussion on how to manage possible resistance throughout this treatment process and the therapist’s countertransference when working with children and families.


  1. Differentiate three play, attachment-based theories and how they support the work of Theraplay
  2. Differentiate how children with various attachment styles present in play therapy sessions
  3. Explain the benefits of using the MIM in your play therapy practice
  4. Arrange the MIM play therapy assessment tool
  5. Analyze the MIM at a beginning level to benefit families in play therapy
  6. Construct a play therapy treatment plan based upon the MIM analysis
  7. Classify three play therapy goals to be achieved during a MIM feedback session with parents
  8. Describe the four dimensions of Theraplay, a modality of play therapy
  9. Demonstrate one play-based activity from each dimension: Structure, Engagement, Nurture and Challenge.
  10. Describe three possible ways of adapting Theraplay into play therapy treatment to meet the needs of a child with complex trauma
  11. Describe how to guide parents to participate in a Theraplay, a modality of play therapy, in treatment session
  12. Show how to prepare parents to use Theraplay play therapy techniques at home to further therapeutic goals
  13. Describe how various parent attachment styles present in play therapy sessions
  14. Demonstrate adapting Theraplay play therapy techniques to three different populations of families
  15. Apply Theraplay techniques to work through resistance in play therapy sessions
  16. Show how to adapt Theraplay activities for children of different ages
  17. Explain how to prepare for termination of Theraplay treatment
  18. Analyze how the clinician is impacted by the functioning of parents and children in play therapy sessions
  19. Identify two types of clients for whom Theraplay would not be an appropriate play therapy modality

Instructor: Shannon Murphy Cerise, LCSW

Workshop Schedule:

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July 15, 2024 8:30 am
July 18, 2024 4:30 pm
Heartland Play Therapy Institute, 6701 W. 64 St., Suite 110 Overland Park, KS 66202   View map

To register – follow the link below to The Theraplay Institute website HERE.

Workshop Withdrawal and Cancellation Policy:

  • Please see the policy at The Theraplay® Institute website HERE.
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This course is available as an in-person workshop