Non-Verbal Elements of Attachment: Experiential Workshop

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Non-Verbal Elements of Attachment: Experiential Workshop


Friday April 26th, 1-4:15pm

In this fun and interactive 3 hour “playshop,” we will explore non-verbal elements of attachment including touch, vocal prosody, movement, facial expression and gesture in a small group setting.

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Workshop Overview

In this 3 hour training, we will first briefly review attachment theory. We will spend time exploring and identifying how each of us already applies non-verbal elements of attachment within our psychotherapy practices through lively group discussion and experimentation.

Then, through 45+ minutes of guided group and/or dyadic Theraplay® activities, we will experience the use of vocal prosody, touch, movement, rhythm, facial expressions and gestures to create connection, co-regulation, and resilience. Although Theraplay® activities were developed for use with young children, these activities have many exciting applications across attachment-based therapeutic models and modalities (for example, as “movement experiments” within Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for individual adult work, as couples activities within an attachment-oriented model, or to deepen familial bonds in family therapy, cohesion in group therapy, etc). Experiencing Theraplay® is the very best way to learn, and this group experience will offer an opportunity to “dip a toe in the water” of this powerful, evidence-based therapeutic model.

To culminate the workshop, we will spend time verbally processing our group experience together, deepening our self-awareness and our understanding of both attachment theory and Theraplay®.

Group size will be limited to no more than 5 participants in order to create a very secure container for depth of exploration.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how the effective use of visual-facial, auditory-prosodic, and tactile-gestural communication deepens regulatory capacities and builds secure attachment relationships.

  2. Be able to communicate how right-brain to right-brain communication can be intentionally incorporated into psychotherapy practice.

  3. Gain familiarity with some Theraplay® activities, including use of touch, through experiential learning and self-knowing.


Although participation is open to all, therapists with some preliminary training in attachment theory, attachment-based models and/or use of touch in psychotherapy will gain the most from this training.

CEU Information

Social workers will receive 3 pre-approved CEUs toward continuing education requirement. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.