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The Gas-lit Child: Anxiety and Ambivalence

Item Code: GLC
Price:  $180.00

The Gas-lit Child: Anxiety and Ambivalence

Item Code: GLC
Price:  $180.00
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Workshop Description


3-hour, LIVE Workshop

Children develop their sense of identity through exploration and 'role-modelling' from others around them. When they feel their life choices are limited by the expectations of others, it can lead to uncertainty and anxiety. These expectations can be about education and sports, friends and social time, career choices and lifestyle, and very importantly, values and politics. 

Play and Arts therapies can help children and teenagers find 'their authentic self' and the courage to express their wishes and opinions. 

This workshop includes sculpting and role-play, and other activities in a journey of self-discovery to understand ourselves as well as our clients and pupils.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will have an opportunity to:

  1. Understand the basis of identity, growth and development
  2. Grasp the skills and resources for active exploration of identity
  3. Integrate a developmental framework which includes role play
  4. Practice the journey from dependency, co-dependency, independency
  5. Understand the power of adults to restrict choices

Date and Time

Live workshop will be run live on:

Wednesday 31st July 2024, 5pm - 8pm, AEST Sydney Time


Wednesday 23rd October 2024, 5pm - 8pm AEDT Sydney Time


Attending from interstate or internationally?

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Presenter - Professor Sue Jennings


Professor Sue Jennings PhD is an anthropologist, therapist, performer, and author. She is Senior Research Fellow, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

Distinguished Scholar, University of the Witwatersrand, Honorary Fellow of the University of Roehampton, and Professor of Play - awarded by the European Federation of Dramatherapy. She has been a pioneer of Dramatherapy and Play Therapy in the UK and overseas.

Professor Jennings' paradigm ‘embodiment-projection-role’ is integrated into education and therapy world-wide. Having worked as a clinician in psychiatry, forensic settings and special education, she has focussed her recent practice and research on early years development and developed ‘Neuro-Dramatic-Play’ as a basis for attachment and empathy.

She emphasises the importance of ‘play from conception’ for healthy emotional and social growth. Her doctoral fieldwork was with a tribal community in the Malaysian rain forest, which she believes underpins all her childhood theory and therapy. Sue is a prolific author with over fifty publications on theory and application to her name. She believes passionately in ‘playing for peace’ with a rule of ‘no guns in the playroom’.



Participant Preparation

Please have with you crayons, paper and a collection of small objects. 


Approved ACA Event for 5 points