Developing the basic principles of her model of playtherapy, Sue Jennings has written a stimulating book that will provide inspiration for those new to the discipline, whilst providing a fresh and exciting approach for established practitioners. In Introduction to Developmental Playtherapy, Jennings argues that creative play is essential for children's health. Drawing on examples from her own professional experience, she discusses how play can help resolve issues by allowing possible solutions to be explored safely, thus encouraging flexibility of response. She explores the cultural background and theory of using play as a therapeutic tool with children and how play can communicate to the therapist what the child needs to tell. Innovative and accessible, her book breaks fertile new ground for playtherapy.
Sue Jennings' career in professional theatre and dramatherapy spans over 40 years. She has written and edited over a dozen books, including Introduction to Dramatherapy and Playtherapy with Children: A Practitioner's Guide. Currently, she holds Visiting Professorships at the University of Ulster, Tel Hai College and New York University, and is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Surrey Roehampton.
Foreword, Mooli Lahad. Introduction. 1. Towards a new philosophy of play. 2. Some developmental theories. 3. The playtherapy method. 4. Dramatic play as a basis for living. 5. Practical playtherapy: Embodiment. 6. Practical playtherapy: Projection. 7. The playtherapy method: Role and dramatic play. 8. Playtherapy applications. 9. Playtherapy in practice. Appendix 1: Playtherapy resources. Appendix 2: Developmental checklist. Bibliography. Index.