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Mary Ring parenting course in Cape Town

Parenting Course

The parenting course is designed for anyone who serves a child who has experienced a difficult beginning in life, who has been orphaned, and/or who is in a foster/adoptive situation. The information is relevant to anyone interacting with children who have experienced early medical trauma or abuse or endured inadequate care.


Developing a Connection that Can Last for a Lifetime: addresses some of the difficulties that foster and adoptive children may encounter as they try to relate to others.

Developing Self-Regulation: explores parenting styles and how to help children with at-risk backgrounds improve management of their behavior and reaction to their feelings.

Building Better Relationships: using Attachment-based Play to build a good connection between parent and child. Also helpful in helping all family members enjoy relationships with each other.

Connecting and Correcting: how to parent the foster/adoptive child who has experienced neglect, abuse, or trauma and overcome the shame-base.

Connecting through Playfulness and Using Boundaries with Consequences: the difference between integrative and emotion-driven parenting.

Creating a Meaningful Life Story Book for the Adopted Child: how to create a life storybook based on resource book by Joy Rees.

The material in the parenting course provides information to enable caregivers to better care for and help the children’s brain connections become better organized. The goal of the course is to help each child develop the regulation needed to mature and develop more healthily and relationally.


Mary Ring

MARY RING  (MAMFC, MARE, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S) is a Certified Theraplay Therapist, Trainer, and Supervisor. She is also a Certified EMDR Therapist. She received a B.S. in Special Ed. with Emotionally Disturbed Children from the University of Houston in 1973. She taught school for various ages and grade levels from 1976 to 1981 before earning her Masters in Marriage and Family Counselling. Mary worked as a marriage and family therapist with the Union Baptist Association for seven years. Since 1999, she has worked as a Marriage and Family counsellor for The Juliana Poor Memorial Counselling Center at Houston’s First Baptist Church. She is the clinical coordinator of the family team and guides eight therapists through the process of a structured family treatment program developed over the last ten years. Mary is trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and took training under Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross in Trust-Based Relational Intervention. Mary has led workshops for parents and therapists using Theraplay, Play Therapy, and Play Parenting materials in the United States and Latvia, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. She is in the certification program for Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. Most importantly, she and her husband Earl, married for forty-three years, have three children and six grandchildren.

Course date and time

Location: Life Church, 30 Main Rd, Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
Date: 8 – 9 July, 2022
Time: 9am – 4pm (arrive from 8:30am)
Price: 350 Rand per person
Childcare will be available at R100 per child/per day