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Engaging Young People in Therapy the Violet Oaklander Way. Free 'Taster' event.

  • 17 Myrtle Road London, England, W3 6DX United Kingdom (map)

 Participants are invited to try the ‘House, Tree, Person’- a drawing exercise adapted by eminent child psychotherapist Dr. Violet Oaklander. With some similarities to Winnicott’s ’Squiggle’ this exercise acts as an ‘icebreaker’ helping children over the threshold into therapy whilst modelling respectful, relational ways of engaging them in a dialogue. Later we will also explore some easy, improvisatory ways of making music together using ‘ instant access’ percussion instruments for fun and wellbeing . This approach offers a useful group work tool with application to many settings ; it can be adapted for 1:1 working also. The ideas originate from Lifemusic - a contemporary form of Community Music devised by Jungian music therapist / composer Dr Rod Paton. Experimental 'musicking' helps develop flexible response and attuned listening whilst building‘ communitas’. No skill or experience of either drawing or music making is assumed or required to participate. Materials and instruments are provided; you may bring an acoustic instrument if you wish. Free admission ; donations for refreshments welcomed.