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미국 TTI 트레이닝 어드바이저이신 산드라선생님과 CEO 게일 선생님께서 선샤인서클의 기원에 대한 안내, "선샤인서클과 집단치료놀이"의 차이에 대한 안내문을 보내셔서 공지하였습니다.


  ca3384b5927dbb737ff4b0dfc05df75e_1487049STATEMENT ABOUT GROUP Theraplay® AND Sunshine Circles ®



The Group Theraplay model was first published in 1989, Play With Them: Theraplay Groups in the Classroom, Phyllis Rubin and Jeanine Tregay. Notably, the original concept for Group Theraplay was specific to the school setting, and was later applied to other populations.


In 2005, we had our first meeting and coined the term Sunshine Circles to refer specifically to teacher delivered Group Theraplay, as opposed to leaders who are mental health clinicians. This term had been used for many years by Mary Alice DaCosse who worked closely with Phyllis Rubin to lead Sunshine Circles in schools and was a contributor to the Play With Them book. We started to develop a curriculum and manual specific to this concept.


In 2007 we registered Sunshine Circles® in the United States and began training. The original person commissioned to author the manual failed to complete it so we began again with a new author and the manual was published in 2011.


Sunshine Circles and Group Theraplay

Sunshine Circles and Theraplay Groups are virtually identical. The distinguishing features of Sunshine Circles are that they are specific to a school setting and the leaders are teachers. Therefore, the difference in the training curriculum is more a matter of using education-based terminology and focusing on the physical setting of the classroom than of content. Sunshine Circles therefore, falls under the intellectual property of our Theraplay registration South Korea, recently renewed and in force until 2025. Sunshine Circles is just another, “child friendly” name for Group Theraplay.


Sunshine Circles and Group Theraplay share the same basic concepts


·         The Rules:  No Hurts, Stick Together, Have Fun (the Adult is in charge)

·         Focus on modeling good social interaction rather than talking about it

·         Playful, fostering joyful delight in being together

·         Accepting and positive

·         Nurturing and noticing each child at each group time

·         Cooperative, not competitive

·         Experiential

·         Includes close proximity and touch


The games and activities are chosen to encourage optimal arousal and regulation while accomplishing the above. It is assumed that the activities and games will be modified to reflect cultural norms in different countries, e.g. the songs and games in our manual may be unfamiliar to children in other countries, so leaders are encouraged to substitute appropriate songs and games as long as they fit into the above framework.


Sunshine Circles in South Korea

We first did Group Theraplay/Sunshine Circles training in 2001 in South Korea. Many of the people who have come to Theraplay training and become certified in South Korea have a background as Kindergarten teachers, so it is natural that they would seek specialized training in Sunshine Circles in addition to general Theraplay. In 2013 we issued our first Certified Sunshine Circles Leader certificate to Seanjoo Park. However, until now we never formalized the Sunshine Circles practicum in South Korea because no one asked us to and we didn’t know there were people who wanted to be certified except Park. The new board and leadership of KAT is interested in formalizing training and certification in Sunshine Circles to match the protocol in the United States and other countries. We have shared with them the new two-day curriculum and certification protocol. Park is interested in becoming a Sunshine Circles trainer, and TTI will review her application and determine what steps she needs to take to earn the trainer certificate. Once she is certified, she will be able to lead open registration trainings sponsored by KAT, with a franchise fee to TTI. She may also lead trainings within and specific to her own workplace for her own co-workers.


We are not very familiar with current Sunshine Circles activities in South Korea and just learned about the Sunshine Circles committee. We would like to learn more about the current status of Sunshine Circles in South Korea and work with the KAT board to introduce our curriculum and certification protocol.







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