Healthy Attachments and Neuro-dramatic-play

Healthy Attachments and Neuro-dramatic-play


By (author) Sue Jennings, Foreword by Dennis McCarthy, Illustrated by Chloe Gerhardt


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  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 20mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 15 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1849050147
  • ISBN 13: 9781849050142
  • Illustrations note: 52 line drawings & ten black illustrations
  • Sales rank: 196,546

Product description

"Neuro-Dramatic-Play and Healthy Attachments" breaks new ground in the areas of attachment and child development. Based on sound experience and observation, Sue Jennings consolidates current theories of attachment and therapeutic intervention; expands the often narrow view of what is understood by attachment; challenges the psychoanalytic ideas of child development and attachment and makes a strong case for early years adoption of arts and play therapies. The author has developed the new concept of neuro-dramatic-play that emerges in the second half of pregnancy and the first few months after birth. She explains how an understanding of this mother-child interaction, that is essentially 'dramatic' in nature, is crucial for developing a healthy brain, strong attachments and future resilience. This accessible text will interest all therapists and practitioners who work with children, including child psychotherapists, social workers, paediatric nurses, paediatricians, child psychiatrists and students of play therapy and all arts therapies.

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Author information

Sue Jennings' career in professional theatre and dramatherapy spans over 40 years. She is currently Consultant to the Department of Child Health at the University of Exeter, Advisor to The Irish Play Therapy Association, Honorary Member of the Dramatherapy Association of the Czech Republic, President of the Romanian Association of Play and Dramatherapy and Honorary Advisor to the World Centre for Creative Learning Foundation on their 'Arts become Therapy' training programme in India. In 2002 she was awarded the Gertrud Schattner Plaque for excellence in Practice and Education in Drama Therapy. Sue has published over 30 books, including Art Therapy and Dramatherapy: Masks of the Soul, with Ase Minde; Dramatherapy with Families, Groups and Individuals: Waiting in the Wings; Introduction to Developmental Playtherapy: Playing and Health and Introduction to Dramatherapy: Theatre and Healing - Ariadne's Ball of Thread, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Table of contents

Dedication. Acknowledgements. Foreword by Dennis McCarthy. Introduction.; 1. Neuro-Dramatic-Play: Definition and Theories.; 2. NDP and Attachment.; 3. NDP and Play and Play Therapy.; 4. NDP During Pregnancy and Birth.; 5. NDP and The First Six Months.; 6. NDP and Resilience.; 7. NDP and Children with Attachment Needs.; 8. NDP in Fostering and Adoption: Looked After Children.; 9. NDP with Teenagers and Young Adults.; 10. NDP and Children on the Autistic Spectrum.; 11. NDP and Children with Learning Difficulties.; 12. NDP for Therapists and Teachers - The Wider Context.; Appendices 1 - Part One.; Appendices 2 - Part Two. References. Afterword by Mooli Lahad. Index.