Dr. Sue Jennings – ‘Putting it all back together – a limbic model of construction play’

In the limbic model of construction play there is the opportunity to ‘put everything back together’ both in the lives of children and young people, and in the surroundings which may feel hostile. The limbic area of the brain is where we experience nurture, feelings and the building of relationships.
It may feel that the world has fallen apart and lacks coherence after trauma and this can be experienced through generations as well as developmentally in people’s lives.

Many children, teenagers and adults will avoid ‘messy play’ in its many varieties, including food avoidance of certain textures. Children who avoid messy play do so for a reason. It could be one of the following:

  • Family related
  • Trauma related
  • Culturally related
  • Developmentally related

In this one-day course we shall explore the underlying theory of mess avoidance and its possible early roots in early adverse experience. Too much mess and chaos can be very scary; lack of order can be overwhelming to the child who feels their world has crumbled; sticky substances could have scary associations.

We shall learn new skills that will help establish security and stability post trauma and there will be opportunities to share case material.

The Trainer

Dr Sue Jennings is Professor of Play (European Dramatherapy Federation), Visiting Professor University of Derby, President Romanian Association of Play Therapy and Dramatherapy. Pioneer of Neuro-Dramatic-Play, a unique paradigm in play development. Sue is a prolific author having published over 40 titles, including her doctoral research on child-rearing with the Temiar tribe of Malaysia. Sue is in the moving to retirement stage of her career (having planned to retire fully in 2017 she has slowed down this process) so few opportunities to train with her are now available.

Suitable for:

This course is recommended for play therapists, child psychotherapists, creative arts therapists, psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, occupational therapists, teachers, child-care workers, family support staff, project workers, social workers, foster carers, day-care and early education staff, and others working with children and families. This course also offers an ideal extended introduction for those considering training as Developmental and Therapeutic Play workers, Play Therapists or Child Psychotherapists.

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