Compass Seminars in partnership with The Theraplay® Institute brings a range of Theraplay® training courses and books/ resources to Australia.

Theraplay® is a short-term, attachment-based intervention utilising non-symbolic, interactional play to re-create experiences of secure attachment formation between parent and child. The interactive sequences are carefully structured by the practitioner to make possible the pleasure of being together and shared enjoyment in the child's mastery. These elements of shared positive emotions may be crucial in restructuring the attachment relationship towards greater organisation and security. Theraplay's® Core Concepts consist of interaction, here and now experience, adult guidance, attunement, right brain language, multisensory experience, and playfulness as well as the Theraplay® Dimensions of Structure, Engagement, Nurture and Challenge.

Theraplay® focuses on the parent/carer-child relationship which is the most powerful and influential element to create change. Other therapies may work primarily with the child alone or simply work with parents/carers on managing the child’s behaviours. Theraplay® is an essential treatment modality for professionals who work with children and families to have in their skill set. 

"I highly recommend Theraplay. Based on principles of attachment, Theraplay enables parents and their children—of all ages-- to again experience reciprocal joy and interests, cooperation and delight. This provides them with safety and a sense of closeness which creates a context where ongoing conflicts and worrisome behaviors are likely to decrease."

Dr Dan Hughes

"Theraplay is a terrific treatment for disorganized and traumatized kids. I highly recommend your taking the training!"

Dr Bessel van der Kolk

“Play is a crucial way in which children can open their minds, strengthen their brains, and create spontaneous connections with others without judgement or fear. Theraplay is a time-tested approach that supports children's healthy development of resilience and well-being. Bravo for decades of nurturing children's lives!"

Dr Dan Siegel


THERAPLAY: One Day Introduction

Fri 23 Mar 20189:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fri 14 Sep 20189:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Multiple venues

Build better parent-child relationships through attachment-based play.



Tue 1 May 2018 (9:00 AM) - Fri 4 May 2018 (5:00 PM)

Batman's Hill on Collins, 623 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Four-day workshop for practitioners wanting to use Theraplay® Informed Practice in their work


THERAPLAY: Level One/ MIM & Group Theraplay

Mon 7 May 2018 (9:00 AM) - Fri 11 May 2018 (5:00 PM)

Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Surry Hills, 359 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 21010

Five-day workshop combining Level One and Group Theraplay instruction


THERAPLAY: Level Two/ MIM & Group Theraplay

Mon 14 May 2018 (9:00 AM) - Thu 17 May 2018 (5:00 PM)

The Glen Hotel, 24 Gaskell St, Eight Mile Plains, QLD, 4113

Four-day workshop for practitioners wanting to advance their Theraplay® practice and pursue certification along