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Program/Intervention Name



Attachment Interventions, Family Functioning, Family Support and Placement Stabilization Programs, Parenting Skills - Training and Enhancement

Program/Intervention Description

Intensive, Generally short-term structured play therapy that focuses on enhancing the parent child attachment. Uses playful healthy interaction. Four components structure, engagement, nurture and challenge. Treatment incorporates nurturing touch and involves emotionally attuned interactive play. Treatment is based on the child's emotional level therefore the activities may seem appropriate for a younger child. Parents are actively involved in the treatment enabling them to replicate at home. Treatment for older children who have experienced trauma and loss is Generally extended and incorporates processing the child's history and connection to current family. Provides parent education and support to assist in responding to the child and managing the child's environment.

Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)

0-5, 6-12, 13-17, Parent/Adult

Program Goals/Outcomes

1) Increase child's sense of felt safety/security 2)Increase child's capacity to regulate affect, 3) Increase child's sense of positive body image, 4) Ensure that caregiver is able to set clear expectations and limits, 5) Ensure that caregiver's leadership is balanced with warmth and support, 6) Increase caregiver's capacity to view the child empathically 7) Increase caregiver's capacity for reflective function, 8) Increase parent and child's experience of shared joy, and 9) Increase parent's ability to help child with stressful events

QIC Target Group

Both Target 1 and Target 2

QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels

LEVEL 3: Replicated Without Adaptation for Adoption or Guardianship

QIC level of Evidence

LEVEL 4: Promising Practice

Intervention Web Site/URL

Contact Person/Purveyor

Catherin Tuckre


The Theraplay Institute

Contact Email

Contact Phone

(847) 256-7334

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