Water for Two: Dyadic Intervention using Water Play Therapy

Course Synopsis

“Water for Two” is a unique intervention course designed to support and enhance the parent-child relationship.

This program was created by two experienced therapists- Yael Livne and Hagit Kirshner-Shalom; both have partnered to build this integrative modality of dyadic work using Water Play Therapy.

Water Play is known for its impact on therapeutic processes; it will be the primary therapeutic tool in this course.
The value of Water Play and how to use it in a dyadic setting will be learned throughout this course (parent-child-therapist). 
Participants will be able to use Dyadic Water Play for assessing the dyad relationship, as well as using it proactively to empower them and assist in overcoming their difficulties.

The learning will include theory and practice to have first-hand experience.

About the Course

This course integrates different methods, knowledge, and practices that together establish an innovative working model for parent-child connection.

The mutual Water Play will be utilized as a catalyst for attachment processes, building trust and communication, aiming to strengthen the dyadic bond.
The course will share a new way to observe, understand, and support the dyad, using water as a multifaceted tool.

Course Objectives

  • Water Play theory and techniques will be presented.
  • Dyadic treatment theory and techniques will be presented.
  • Three working techniques of Dyad Water Play will be presented and practiced.
  • Parent-Child activities and practical tools will be shared, including telehealth modification.
  • The learning will be interactive with clips, exercises, and demos to bring the learning to life.
  • By the end of the course, participants will be able to use Dyad Water-Play as an assessment tool and as enabling tool with their relevant clients.

Course Modules 

  1. Intro: an overview of attachment theory, advantages and principles of expressive therapy, dyadic work, and water play.
  2. Fundamental and advanced needs of children and typical challenges in the parent-child relationship. 
  3. Advantages and challenges of working in dyadic and triangle modality.
  4. Water Play foundations and principles (using colors, play objects, and storytelling).
  5. Dyadic Water Play framework and the three working concepts. 
  6. Practical tools and techniques: activities, demos, and case sharing.
  • A course booklet will be shared with the participants.

Who is This Course For 

  • Psychologists 
  • Psychotherapists
  • Play and Creative Arts Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors  
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech Therapists 
  • Any professional who works with children and parents and wishes to expand his or her toolkit.


Where?Six live sessions, each of two hours (Zoom)
When?28th Jan, 2nd Feb, 9th Feb, 16th Feb, 23rd Feb, 25th Feb, 2023
Cost?375£ for PTUK/PTI member
RegistrationPress here

Need extra support?
2 months post course support is offered.
Individual and group supervision for graduates will be available.

Contact me for more details: or Contact.

About the Presenters:

Psychologist (M.A), Accredited Play Therapist,
Theraplay practitioner (L1),
Circle of Security Facilitator,
Filial Coach (P),
Clinical Supervisor (P)

Hagit Kirshner-Shalom is a Psychologist and Accredited Play Therapist with vast experience supporting children and families. Hagit offers individual and parent-child (dyad) intervention; in addition to group therapy, as well as workshops for parents and professionals. Hagit works in a private intervention center and is also a lecturer in “Oranim College” (at the Post Graduate studies of Play Therapy) in Israel. Previously, she worked in an early intervention center and international schools in Singapore.
Play Therapy is Hagit’s main passion. She attained multiple certifications in the therapeutic field, aiming to help parents and children heal and overcome their challenges.

Expressive Art Therapist (M.A)

Yael Livneh is an Expressive Art therapist living in Israel. Yael is practicing psychodrama and inter-modality approaches for over 20 years. Yael owns a private clinic and specialised in supporting children with emotional difficulties. Yael developed the “Water Play Therapy” (WPT), an innovative water-based technique. She published her book “Rising on Water” in 2015. Yael presents her method around the world to medical and educational staff in hospitals and universities; she trained teams in Africa and Asia through international organizations. Yael is an academic team member of “Oranim College” and supervises therapists.
Yael’s website


Parenting Infants

About the Webinar

Raising infants in this era involves a lot of questions and insecurity. This course is designed for first-time parents who wish to understand more about the child’s psychological needs, and how to enhance secure attachment.

A parent who is emotionally available and responsive to an infant’s needs allow the child to develop a sense of security. The infant knows that the caregiver is dependable, which creates a secure base for the child to then explore the world.

The workshop includes practical strategies how to nurture attachment during the first year of the infant’s life, and how to cultivate it for healthy relationship and growth.


  • Attachment in a nutshell
  • Bowlby‘s internal working model
  • What do babies need?
  • Good enough parenting
  • How to establish and nurture security – practical strategies

Who is This Course For 

  • Parents and caregivers
  • Nurses
  • Speech Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Any professional who works with children and parents and wishes to expand his or her toolkit.