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Trauma-focused Integrated Play Therapy (TF-IPT)

A 12-Session Play-Based Treatment Curriculum

Dates: 29th – 31st Oct 2021

Time: 8am to 4pm


Phone: 031 201 0307 (Durban Office)


3 DAYS – R4000


Trauma focused Integrated Play Therapy (TF-IPT) is a model Well- suited to young children ages 5 to 17. The material is designed to elicit more full engagement in treatment and to remain sensitive to children’s natural hesitation and loyalty conflicts and confusions when discussing interpersonal traumas that involve family members or other trusted Individuals (adults or older children).

Format of the Three-Phase Model

Phase 1:

Establishment of Safety

Five sessions

Phase 2:

Processing Traumatic Material

Five sessions

Phase 3:

Social Reconnection

Two Sessions (with time extension)

Structure and Repetition

Working with young children and adolescents has special challenges and rewards. It is critical to ensure that clinical approaches are culturally and developmentally-appropriate, engaging, time-sensitive, and repetitive. In addition, tasks that engage the whole child and Include intellectual, emotional, physical, and expressive activities have greater potential to elicit more ample client participation. The following activities greatly enhance the potential for successful treatment:

  • Structured format and time-limited “lessons”;
  • Parallel psycho-education to children and their parents;
  • Repetition and review for children;
  • Practice in and out of clinical setting;
  • Structured session transition using Affective Scaling and Mindfulness Breathing;
  • Engagement of parents/caretakers with at-home reviews.


Research Design

This curriculum was developed as part of a multi-site study (Fairfax, VA and Phoenix, AZ Child help outpatient treatment centres) comparing the following treatments using Randomized Controlled Trial design:

A. Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT)

B. Trauma Focused Integrated Play Therapy (TF-IPT)

Assessment   Measures

Assessments administered at intake and discharge (repeated measures) using the following scales:

A. Child self-report:

  • Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children, ages 8-16 (TSCC, Briere)
  • Emotional Expression Scale for Children, ages 6-18 (ESSC, Penza-Clyve & Zeman)
  • Child Post-Traumatic Cognitions Inventory, ages 6-18 (CPTCI, Meiser-Stedman, et. al.)

B. Parent report of child’s behaviour:

  • Child Behaviour Checklist, ages 5-18 (CBCL, Achenbach)
  • Child Sexual Behaviour Inventory, ages 5-12 (CSBI, Friedrich)
  • Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children, ages 5-7 (TSCYC, Briere)


References :

Achenbach, T M & Rescorla, LA. (2001). Manual for the ASEBA School-Age Forms and Profiles. Burlington VT :  University of Vermont. Research Center for Children , Youth and Families.

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