Theraplay®  is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge. Theraplay® sessions create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding.

In treatment, the Theraplay® practitioner guides the parent and child through playful, fun games, developmentally challenging activities, and tender, nurturing activities. The very act of engaging each other in this way helps the parent regulate the child’s behavior and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for, connected and worthy.

We call this “building relationships from the inside out.”



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Parents And Children Together – PACT – has been building and strengthening families since 1911. PACT, with our Ofsted rating of Outstanding,  helps hundreds of families every year through adoption and award-winning therapeutic support. PACT is one of the UK’s leading independent adoption agencies, placing children with secure and loving families and supporting them with specialist therapeutic support through our award-winning FACTS service which works with children and families to help children to overcome difficulties in childhood, adolescence and early adulthood which have resulted from early trauma and neglect.

We are looking to recruit qualified self-employed Theraplay practitioners to work with our adoptive families on a contract basis across the south east (we have offices in London, Brighton and Reading). Practitioner must have successfully completed the Theraplay Practicum (not just attended trainings) and achieved either a Foundational, Intermediate or Full Certification.  If you are interested please see our website for further details and for the application form: www.pactcharity.org/about-us/careers

Theraplay UK is an affiliate of The Theraplay® Institute. Theraplay® is a registered service mark of The Theraplay® Institute in the United States, Australia, Canada, the European Union (with the exception of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland), Hong Kong, Japan, Norway, South Korea and Chile.  For more information about Theraplay service mark guidelines click here.