Perspectives from child development, trauma theory, psychotherapy and neurobiology.
Date(s) 6th March 2020
Start time 6:30 pm
End time 9:00 pm
Region London
Cost £30 / £35
Email [email protected]


About this training

This talk – ‘The Lost Art of Play’ – 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 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.

This evening talk from acclaimed psychotherapist and speaker Graham Music is the first of our series of Sunflower Soirees. Join us for a glass of wine and nibbles from 6.30pm, followed by this two-hour talk from Graham between 7pm and 9pm.

Venue address

The Common Room
Omnibus Theatre
1 Clapham Common Northside

The Omnibus Theatre is a fantastic arts venue based in Clapham Old Town, close to Clapham Common tube and has its own newly renovated bar & social space where you’re welcome to stay on after the talk for drinks, socialising and networking.

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