Friday, March 28, 6–9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, March 29 & 30, 9am–6pm
For many decades, neuroscientists have wrestled with what play actually is and why it may be important. Part of the difficulty is that the essence of play is joyful activity for no useful reason – making it hard to measure and quantify, although we may intuitively sense its importance and miss it terribly when it isn’t available. J.L. Moreno M.D., founder of Psychodrama, evolved his ideas about human development as well as his experiential methods from observing children at play in Vienna in the early 1900’s. In the last two decades, two scientists, Stephen Porges and Jaak Panksepp, have begun to give us some answers about how play unfolds in our embodied brains, and why it is so essential for our early development and throughout our lives.
We will playfully explore the work of Porges, Panksepp and Moreno for background, then engage in a number of activities to explore our own relationship with play. This circuitry is shaped early in life by the way our natural playfulness is received, and then further developed in school and in our relationship with society at large. Because today’s culture is not very receptive to the concept of ‘useless’ play, our attitudes are influenced just by existing in this environment. This group may well become a play sanctuary for recovering and expressing this natural form of interconnection.
Bonnie Badenoch, Ph.D., LMFT, author of Being a Brainwise Therapist and The Brain-Savvy Therapist’s Workbook is an in-the-trenches therapist and teacher whose focus is integrating the discoveries of neuroscience into the art of therapy. She helps trauma survivors and those with significant attachment wounds reshape their neural landscape to reclaim meaning and resilience.
Kate Cook, M.A., LPCC, TEP is a nationally board-certified trainer and practitioner of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. She is the director of the INSAM Certificate Program. Kate has integrated her experience and studies in neurobiology into her teaching and work. She maintains a private practice and is a consultant and educator.