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Level One Theraplay & Marschak Interaction Method (MIM)

Training presented by

Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, RPT-S


Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, RPT-S

Karen Doyle Buckwalter is one of The Knowledge Center’s most requested speakers. She is known for captivating audiences with her passion and energy. Some of her most popular workshops are Engaging Parents in Child Therapy, Clinical Application of the Adult Attachment Interview and Working with Adoption Issues in Therapy. Karen is also a Theraplay® Trainer and Supervisor as well as a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor.  She provides consultation to both individual and organizations both nationally and internationally related to attachment and trauma issues in clinical work.


Karen hosts the Attachment Theory in Action podcast, which has had over 400,000, downloads. She has interviewed many well-known researchers and clinicians in the field of attachment including Daniel Siegel, Bob Marvin, Howard and Miriam Steele and Stan Tatkin. She also hosts the Attachment-Based Therapist Facebook group comprised of over 10,000 members from 100 countries. Karen is a published author having most recently co-authored Raising the Challenging Child. She’s written for specialty magazines such as Adoption Today as well as contributed to peer-reviewed journals. She’s been interviewed by numerous radio stations, newspapers and podcasts. Outside of work you will find her hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 


This training is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of the Theraplay model. After completing this training, participants will be able to begin applying Theraplay principles into their work with existing and new clients. Level One training prepares participants to begin using Theraplay Informed Practice in their work.

Course Summary

  • Principles of attachment theory on an intellectual and experiential level

  • The Four Dimensions of Theraplay

  • The Theraplay protocol

  • An introduction to the Marschak Interaction Method (MIM): administration, analysis and as a guide for treatment planning

  • Adapting Theraplay for working with children and families impacted by complex trauma and other populations

  • Managing resistance throughout the treatment process

  • Managing countertransference in your work  with children and families

  • Implementing Theraplay into your practice

Course Objectives

  1. Differentiate three play, attachment-based theories and how they support the work of Theraplay

  2. Define how children with various attachment styles present in play therapy sessions

  3. Explain the benefits of using the MIM in your play therapy practice

  4. Arrange the MIM play therapy assessment tool

  5. Analyze the MIM at a beginning level to benefit families in play therapy

  6. Construct a play therapy treatment plan based upon the MIM analysis

  7. Classify three play therapy goals to be achieved during a MIM feedback session with parents

  8. Describe the four dimensions of Theraplay, a modality of play therapy

  9. Indicate one play-based activity from each dimension: Structure, Engagement, Nurture and Challenge.

  10. List three possible ways of adapting Theraplay into play therapy treatment to meet the needs of a child with complex trauma

  11. State how to guide parents to participate in a Theraplay, a modality of play therapy, in treatment session

  12. Specify how to prepare parents to use Theraplay play therapy techniques at home to further therapeutic goals

  13. Express how various parent attachment styles present in play therapy sessions

  14. Demonstrate adapting Theraplay play therapy techniques to three different populations of



July 13-14th


Virtual Training via Zoom from
The Knowledge Center
at Chaddock


4:30PM CT





In-Person at
The Knowledge Center
at Chaddock

3:30PM CT


Register by contacting Kelly Green at

We will be offering 25 CEs for LCSW, LSW, LCPC and LCP’s registered and licensed in the state of Illinois only.
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