Playing the mind

Parsons, Marianne (2023) Playing the mind. [Film/Video]

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Play is important in analysis with patients of all ages – with adults we may be able to play with words, ideas and metaphor – but with children we play in more physical ways. In this Trust Scientific Meeting Marianne Parsons presents her paper ‘Playing the Mind'. The paper brings three very different child patients who were unable to play at first but became able to use play creatively to represent and work through their internal states of mind and make developmental progress. The paper emphasises the need for a setting in which play can unfold safely and spontaneously without intrusive interpretations. It addresses the importance of the analyst as a developmental object, and also as a partner who engages with the play in a fine-tuned way to suit the needs of each individual child

Item Type: Film/Video
Uncontrolled Keywords: Scientific Meeting
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Psychotherapy
Department/People: Visiting Lecturer

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