Parenting with Theraplay®: Understanding Attachment and How to Nurture a Closer Relationship with Your Child


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Theraplay® is an attachment-focused model of parenting that helps parents to understand and relate to their child. Based on a sequence of play activities that are rooted in neuroscience, Theraplay offers a fun and easy way for parents and children to connect. Theraplay is particularly effective with looked after and adopted children.


  • Acknowledgements. Foreword by Phyllis Booth (Co-founder of Theraplay).
  • Foreword by Dafna Lender (Programme Director, The Theraplay Institute).
  • Introduction.
  • PART ONE: What is Theraplay?
  • 1. What is Theraplay?
  • 2. Getting Closer to Your Child.
  • 3. Structure.
  • 4. Engagement.
  • 5. Nurture.
  • 6. Challenge.
  • PART TWO: Everyday Examples.
  • 7. Using Theraplay to Help with Everyday Transitions and Change.
  • 8. Thinking About Behavioural Issues.
  • 9. Putting it all together.
  • 10. Description of Theraplay Activities.
  • 11. Further Resources.

Author Bio:

Dr Vivien Norris is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Music Therapist, Certified Theraplay Practitioner and Supervisor, and the UK Theraplay Training Director. Vivien is also a DDP Practitioner who specialises in trauma.

Dr Helen Rodwell is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Certified Theraplay Practitioner. Helen works with looked after and adopted children and provides supervision and consultation to other professionals, including adoption and fostering social workers.