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Art Based Therapies Applied to

Attachment and Identity in Children At


Risk
Railway Children is pleased to announce a seminar on Building Positive Attachment
and Identity in children at risk applying Arts Therapies (Play and Drama Therapy) in
association with World Centre for Creative Learning (WCCL) Foundation, Pune and
SNDT (Shreemati Nathibai Damodat Thackersey) University.

Where: Committee Room, Ground Floor, SNDT University (Churchgate), Opp


Sunderbai Hall

When: 20th January 2009, Tuesday. 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

The seminar will address issues such as:

• Unleashing the power of play and drama as therapies.

• Considering them as possible intensive interventions with children at ‘risk’ i.e.


children who are abused, neglected or abandoned.

• Exploring possibilities of how play and drama therapy will help children in re-
experiencing more positive attachment and increase in confidence to build
identity.

This seminar is an opportunity to hear the “insider’s view” from the pioneer of
Dramatherapy and Playtherapy, Dr. Sue Emmy Jennings.

The key speaker is Dr. Sue Emmy Jennings : Pioneer of Dramatherapy and
Playtherapy in UK and Europe. Known as ‘grandmother’ of Dramatherapy. Initiator of
dramatherapy as a postgraduate practice at University of Hertfordshire, University
College of Ripon and York, University of Surrey Roehampton, Tel Hai College Israel,
Herma Centre and the Centre for Theatre and Therapy Athens, among others. Author of
seminal texts on Creative Play, Drama, Social Theatre, and Dramatherapy. Consultant
to Department of Child Health, University of Exeter, Broadmoor Hospital. Patron of The
Prison Arts Foundation NI. Consultant to Margarita Project, Greece and a member of
Editorial Committee for The Arts in Psychotherapy, Dramatherapy and Playtherapy.

Registration: Rupees 50/- Kindly confirm attendance via e-mail to secure a seat.
Registration fee can be paid on the venue once attendance is confirmed via mail.
On the spot registrations will not be accepted.
E-mail: Jamuna@railwaychildren.org.uk
Phone: +91 22 40056445
Details about Seminar:
Drama and Play as Therapy
Dramatherapy is one of the creative arts therapies that is used with children and adults
through theatre, mime, movement and role play. It aims to reduce stress, improve self
esteem, enable the exploration of choices and reaffirm the roles and expectations of
both individuals and groups.

Play Therapy emphasizes the importance of the play principle in the healing of children
who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Play Therapy where the therapist
'follows the child' enables the externalization at a symbolic level of past trauma, present
conflict or future fears. Playful attachment between mother and infant ensures that
children mature with a strong sense of self, independence and resilience. Dramatherapy
and Play Therapy in particular are important interventions with children who have been
neglected, abandoned or abused. Children are then able to re-experience more positive
attachment, exploration of sensory play and increasing confidence in dramatic play to
build positive Attachment and Identity.

About the Organizers:

Railway Children (Mumbai) is an international non profit agency working for children
alone and at risk who live in or around the world's railway stations. The focus of
Railway Children’s work is to stop the abuse of children living on the streets and they
now work with over 40 partner organisations, with 117 projects worldwide across Africa,
Asia, South America and Europe. See: www.railwaychildren.org.uk

World Centre for Creative Learning (WCCL) Foundation, Pune is an Indian NGO
that has established ABT (arts based therapy) field projects, research and training of
ABT in India. Dr. Sue Jennings is an associate of WCCL Foundation. See:
www.wcclf.org

SNDT (Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey University): SNDT has become a


symbol of excellence in higher educational opportunities for women and has been
accredited by NAAC with a five star rating. The Post Graduate Department of
Psychology offers postgraduate programmes in several streams of psychology.