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About Theraplay Australia

In 2005, Berry Street Victoria hosted The Theraplay® Institute (TTI) to conduct the first Level 1 Training in Australia, conducted by Phyllis Rubin & Jean Crumme. Kate Lewer was one of the fortunate participants and was so inspired by the model that she set out on the journey to certification through TTI and to promote Theraplay in Australia.

In 2014, while working at Mitchell Community Health Service, Kate hosted the second Australian Level 1 Theraplay training at Nexus Super Clinic in Wallan, Victoria. Annie Kiermaier, a passionate fulltime trainer with TTI, conducted the training with Kate as an assistant.

Annie continued to travel from USA in 2015 and 2016 to deliver more trainings; Level 1 in Geelong and Melbourne; Level 1 and 2 and Sunshine Circles®, and a Master Class on Working with Parents. In late 2017, Kate Lewer became our first Australia certified trainer, with Alison Saxton soon after in early 2018.

Since 2017 Compass Seminars Australia has enabled Theraplay training to be offered widely throughout Australia. Since then, Level 1 trainings have been delivered in each state and Sunshine Circles training have been attended widely by early childhood educators. 

Theraplay Australia 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, Switzerland, and Benelux), Hong Kong, Japan, Norway, South Korea and Chile.  For more information about Theraplay service mark guidelines click here.

About The Theraplay Institute

The Theraplay® Institute is the headquarters of Theraplay, a psychotherapy
practiced worldwide to help children and families with attachment disorders, developmental delays, and
behavioral struggles. The mission of The Theraplay Institute is to facilitate child and family emotional
well-being by promoting the Theraplay modality and principles while maintaining global standards for
the practice of Theraplay through professional certification and development, engagement, and
education in Theraplay.

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