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The Importance of Play and Playfulness in Working with Traumatised Children and Adolescents

Mr Peter F Blake

In this presentation, Peter Blake discusses the importance of understanding the emotional significance of the origins of play, and how this understanding is useful in the emotional assessment and therapeutic interactions with traumatized children and adolescents.  Building on the work of Winnicott, there will be a discussion as to why being able to play and being in a state of playfulness is necessary in maintaining a personal sense of self.

What a clinician needs to look for in determining whether a child's play is beneficial or harmful to their mental health. Examples of how play can be used in therapy are given.

Recorded at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
March 2009, New South Wales, Australia.
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Mr Peter F Blake

Peter Blake is a clinical psychologist and a Tavistock trained child psychotherapist. He has worked in community health centres and in private practice over the last 35 years. He was the President of the Child Psychoanalytic Foundation, a charity organisation,  founded to promote psychoanalytic thinking about children and families to the professional and non-professional community. He is currently Chairperson of the Institute of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. His book, "Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy" has been published in 2008 and is the only book on this subject in Australia.

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