Practice of Theraplay Training March 2020

With the support of Healthy Ireland / Department of Children and Youth Affairs funding, Dublin City South CYPSC are delighted to offer an opportunity for practitioners working with Children, Young People and Families in the Dublin South City area, to undertake a 3-Day Specialist Training in Group Theraplay® (Level 1). 

Group Theraplay® is a practitioner-guided therapeutic intervention for children, young people and their families that enhances attachment, self-esteem and trust in others through playful interaction. This 3-day Group Theraplay® training has been especially developed for professionals working in community contexts in Dublin South City, and comprises of the two-day Certified Level 1 training in Group Theraplay®, alongside a third day which focuses on utilising Theraplay® as community-based intervention, supporting children, young people and families with complex needs. 

This course aims to support practitioners across a variety of disciplines, to use the practice and principles of Group Theraplay® in group and community settings as a means of creating an atmosphere that is warm, nurturing, engaging and challenging. The training will support you to engage hard-to-reach children and build healthy familial relationships, encouraging children to develop relational trust, learn and practice self – control. Each 3-day training cohort will meet together as a group for a 2-hour follow up reflective practice workshop with the trainers, where practitioners will be invited to share their experience of integrating Theraplay® principles into their respective practices/services, and troubleshoot any barriers to implementation. 

For further information on the practice of Group Theraplay® and training outcomes, please see attached document.

How to Apply:

Applications for this training are open to those who work directly with children, young people and their families, and who would like to - with the support of their management teams - explore the implementation of Group Theraplay® as a trauma-informed, evidenced-based model of therapeutic support within their respective organisations. 

There are a limited number of places on each of the 3-Day Training blocks. Training will take place each day between 9am – 5pm, and participants must commit to completing the full duration of the training, and the 2hr follow-up Reflective Practice Workshop in order to receive Group Theraplay® (Level 1) Certification from The Theraplay Institute. The Training will take place in the Carmelite Community Centre, Whitefriar Street , Dublin 2, and light lunch will be provided for participants daily.

If you would like to register for this training, please reply directly to me confirming your commitment to one of the 2 scheduled trainings (Training 1 or Training 2, dates below), and that you will be available to attend the 3 full days of training and the 2 hour follow up session thereafter:


Training 1:               

Day 1:             9am – 5pm Day 2:              9am – 5pm Day 3:          9am – 5pm Follow Up: 
  Monday 2nd March  Tuesday 3rd  March  Friday 6th March  Friday 8th May (10am-12pm)
Training 2:

Tuesday 10th 


Thursday 12th 


Friday 13th


Friday 8th May (2pm - 4pm)

TO Register for this training email your, I will confirm that a place on the training is available.

Or if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.