Theraplay® – Theory, Applications and Implementation

Theraplay® – Theory, Applications and Implementation

Sandra Lindaman, Rana Hong


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Officially supported and endorsed by the Theraplay Institute, this handbook provides concrete assistance from international experts on deepening Theraplay knowledge and skills in much-needed and requested areas of practice.

With up-to-date information on Theraplay theory, applications and implementation, the chapters cover Theraplay with infants, toddlers, school-aged children and adolescents. Home, school and out-patient mental health settings are all covered in detail, as well as dyadic and group forms of Theraplay. Client issues include interpersonal violence, LGBTQ families, anxiety, child sexual abuse, transitioning from foster care to adoption, and deaf and hard of hearing. Additionally, extensive information is provided about working with caregivers including discussion of their own attachment history, practice sessions before including the child and regular caregiver-only sessions to process and strengthen Theraplay treatment.

This book is essential for any Theraplay practitioner wanting to ensure their approach is fully informed and carefully tailored to meet their client’s needs.

This is the eBook edition, you will be able to access this eBook online via your browser or download it to the accompanying Jessica Kingsley Publishers app. 


Sandra Lindaman:
Sandra Lindaman, MA, MSW, LCSW, LISW has worked at the Theraplay Institute, the home of the model, for 30 years as a certified Theraplay practitioner, supervisor, trainer and now Senior Training Adviser. Sandra has developed the Theraplay training curriculum, spread Theraplay internationally, participated in Theraplay research and published about Theraplay in play therapy, attachment and neurobiological literature.

Rana Hong, PhD, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S is Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Research on Self-Sufficiency at Loyola University Chicago in Illinois, USA . As a Certified Theraplay® Practitioner, Supervisor and Trainer, Rana is fully committed to disseminating the efficacy of Theraplay around the world by incorporating Theraplay as one of her core treatment models since 2001. Currently, she serves as the President of the Board of Directors in the Theraplay Institute, Evanston, Illinois, USA.