Nurture and Play – mentalizing based parent-child interaction intervention

Course dates

November 26th – 27th 2020, 2 days

March 4th – 5th 2021, 2 days

Daily sessions from 12.00 – 18.00 CET. Obs. please note that the time is announced in Central European Time. Do check what the time would be in your time zone! (E.g., In Finland we are 1 hour ahead of CET).


The course will be held through Zoom Video conference online.

Event price

Event price including course materials:

650,00 Eur (Including VAT)

Nurture an Play – mentalizing based parent-child interaction intervention


Nurture and Play – parent-child intervention is a short-term intervention based on Theraplay-therapy (www, and mentalizing theory.  Through active, playful interaction sessions utilizing embodied mentalizing, e.g., reciprocal activities focusing on synchronicity and mirroring, and explicit mentalizing through reflective videofeedback  with the parents the aims are:

  • To help parents to set limits and provide an appropriately ordered environment and encourage the child’s agency through developmentally attuned play
  • To engage the child in interaction while being attuned to the child’s state and capability of repairing
  • To meet the child’s needs for attention, soothing and care
  • To facilitate the child’s ability to respond to the caregivers’ efforts
  • To increase parental understanding of the child’s needs and feelings

Nurture and Play can be delivered to one parent-child dyad, family setting (Nurture and Play- Family) or in a group, starting already in pregnancy (Nurture and Play- Group). It is designed as an easily delivered preventive intervention applicable to be used in various settings (home visits, clinical settings). It  can be combined with other ways of working with parents and children, or as a mini-intervention in itself.  In Nurture and  Play there are ca. 6 meetings (NP-F), or 4 (pregnancy)+ 8  (parent-infant) meetings (NP-Group).  The age group is between 0-3.


The learning objectives of the 4 day (Central European Time 12-18) training are:

  • Theoretical basis of intervention (attachment framework, emotional availability theory, mentalizing theory)
  • Empirical basis of Nurture and Play -intervention (results from RCT study with depressed pregnant mothers; Salo et al., 2020; Salo & Poutiainen, 2015)
  • Knowledge of how to conduct pre-Assessment phase: Nurture and Play -interview
  • Knowledge of how to conduct Nurture and Play in practice: play sessions and reflective videofeedback

Who should attend?

This 4-day online training (6 hours per day)  will prepare the participants to be able to conduct intervention in their clinical settings. The tarining is organized via zoom. In between parts 1 and 2, we encourage participants to start their NaP work, as the second part of the training is supervisory advanced training. Registration by 30.10.2020

This training is designed for

  • experienced clinicians (eg psychologists, psychiatrists, family therapists, psychotherapists, pedagogs) who wish to learn how to conduct playful, active way of working with parents and children and/or with pregnant mothers in a group setting

Online Course details, Price and Payment:

  • The course will be held through Zoom video conference service with participants being invited into the meeting via their e-mails.
  • You can register for the course by filling out the form below by October 30th 2020.
  • The course price is 650,00 e (including VAT).

Course dates:

November 26th – 27th 2020 (2 days)

March 4th – 5th 2021 (2 days)

Daily sessions from 12.00 to 18.00 CET


Saara Salo, PhD, licenced clinical psychologist and psychotherapist (Family/Couples, EFT) therapy, Parent-Infant Psychotherapy)
Theraplay-Trainer/Supervisor, MBT-F (Mentalizing Based Treatment for Families) Trainer

Hanna Lampi, OT, licenced family therapist


Psykologi Saara Salo / Psykologitoimisto Salo

Business ID: FI27785936
Temppelikatu 11 A 17
00100 Helsinki, Finland
Tel: +358 50 571 7699


Training: Nurture ans Play – mentalizing based parent-child onteraction intervention
Time: November 26th – 27th 2020 / March 4th – 5th 2021. Daily sessions from 12.00 to 18.00 CET
Price/person VAT
650,00 eur Included

    Trainee information

    Psykologitoimisto Salo collects the information of those who register for various training events in the electronic register with a separate consent for invoicing and communication. Upon a separate request, information about himself or herself shall be provided by the person in the education register. The invoicer of training events receives the invoicing information of the trainee (official auditing firm hired by the Psykolofitoimisto Salo)


    General Terms and Conditions

    • All registrations to courses and trainings are final
    • The participation fee will be invoiced before the start of the event. We use Paypal as your primary payment method unless otherwise stated in the transaction details
    • Course materials are sent to the email address entered to registration form
    • The start and end times of the course are stated in the training brochure or at the training-specific webpage. If there are any changes, they will be notified directly to the trainee.

    If you have any questions about the courses, please dont hesitate to contact us for further information!