John Bowlby


Attachment-based Play:

from Mess to Monsters


Workshop: 10:00 - 16:00 

Saturday, 29th June 2019 

Workshop Leader: Dr Sue Jennings

Power Point Presentation and Practical Workshop

This day will explore how attachment develops from conception and is strengthened by pregnancy and childbirth.  Parents-to-be have imagined, playful conversations with their unborn child which continue after birth.  Interactive attachment-play involving sensory, messy and rhythmic exploration strengthens positive attachment, empathy and resilience.  This process is defined as Neuro-Dramatic-Play (Jennings 2011) which forms a basis for healthy attachments.

In this workshop we will show how sensory and messy play and human heart beats are essential for developmental attachment-based play and leads to form and order from seeming chaos!  The archetypal  monster is then created and embodied, this empowering the increasingly independent infant. 

NDP is applicable at all ages and stages and examples will be given or work with adults and elderly people.  NDP also addresses loss of Attachments and life transitions beyond teenager hood.

The workshop encourages 'take-away skills' for therapists of all backgrounds as well as teachers and parents.

Professor Sue Jennings PhD has pioneered Dramatherapy and Neuro-Dramatic-Play world wide and written some 50 odd books of theory and practice.  Seeing playfulness as a key to attachment formation she has trained hundreds of health care workers, teachers and parents in 'hands-on' workshops in UK, Romania, Malaysia, India and Greece.  Her doctoral fieldwork took place in the Malaysian rain forest with a tribal community, with whom she still maintains contact.  The tribe have been the inspiration for her understanding of attachment-based play and continue to underpin her thinking as a therapeutic anthropologist.  There is more information on:

 Please note there wil be 45min lunch break and 2 short 15min coffee breaks. 

IAN and AGIP/AppT £50  ; Non-members  £80


Contact Monika by email on: or by phone n 07940 060 700 for bookings and information.

Venue: I Fairbridge Road, London N19 3 EW

Registration will be necessary as places are limited.



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