The Lost Art of Play

Delivered by

Graham Music

Biography

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1 hr | 2 hr | 3 hr | 4 hr | 6 hr

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This training can be adapted for parents, and further bespoke elements can be added on request.

Content Summary: 

This training will look at whether children’s lives are increasingly over-filled and pressured. Adult expectations, fears and aspirations as well as the lure of technology such as gaming, has meant that old fashioned unstructured play opportunities are disappearing and with them the opportunity for children to develop a range of capacities, personal and interpersonal skills and creativity which would stand them in good stead for future life-challenges.

The training / talk will take a playful approach, using video clips and developmental theory alongside an understanding of the therapeutic process to show how the capacity to play is the bedrock of so many important life-skills and in itself builds other capacities.

Themes touched on will include the neurobiology of play, its link with empathy, what stress does to playfulness, what capacities are developed by play as well as what needs to be in place for a child or adult to make use of play opportunities, whether individually or inter-personally.

We will think about how play and being playful and creative could be seen as being at the heart of being human, and that its potential demise is a threat to this.

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Training delivered by

Graham Music

Graham Music is Consultant Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Centre and adult psychotherapist in private practice. His publications include Respark: Igniting Hope & Joy after Trauma & Depression (2022), Nurturing Children: From Trauma to Hope using neurobiology, psychoanalysis and attachment (2019), Nurturing Natures: (2016, 2010), Affect and Emotion (2001), and The Good Life (2014). He has a passion for exploring the interface between developmental findings and clinical work. A former Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock, he has managed and developed many services working with the aftermath of child maltreatment,. He works clinically with forensic cases at The Portman Clinic, and teaches, lectures and supervises in Britain and abroad.