Focuses on attachment and child development. The author consolidates the 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 case for early years adoption of arts and play therapies.
“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.
' 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.