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Announcing a CPD training course delivered by the University of Roehampton in conjunction with BAPT

The Biology of Play Therapy: At the Heart of Play
Bridging the gap between science and practice.

Natalie PrichardSpeaker: Natalie Prichard

Saturday 18th November 2017 10am-4pm (registration 9.30am)

This one-day short course will provide an accessible bite-size overview of several key principles that have emerged from recent neuroscientific research that all play therapists should know about.

An understanding of the biological mechanisms that underpin play therapy can aid your confidence as a play therapist and provide a more complete picture of what you do and why. As play therapist Theresa Kestly notes:

"I am finding that the wisdom offered by Porges and Panksepp consistently quiets my own left-hemisphere questioning about how to help and the anxiety that comes with that, so I am better able to be the receptive container and playmate each child needs" (Kestly, 2017, p.155).


  • An elementary overview of the brain and nervous system and the parts of the brain which are involved in play and the play therapy relationship;
  • An overview of neurobiological-informed theories and their application to play therapy;
  • An introduction to some of the play therapists applying these principles in writing, research & practice;
  • Case Examples. Presentation of 4 exploratory real-world case studies.

Natalie studied play therapy at the University of Roehampton and is currently in the final stages of completing her PhD. Her research has focused on several exploratory case studies incorporating heart rate variability measures into narrative story stem assessment and play therapy intervention. Natalie has worked across adult mental health, developmental paediatric, clinical and therapeutic school settings.

Date 18/11/2017
Time 10:00 - 16:00
Duration One Day
Price £149 externals
£90 BAPT members/Associates and external students
£45 University of Roehampton students
(includes coffee/tea refreshments but not lunch)
Venue Whitelands College, University of Roehampton
Holybourne Avenue, London, SW15 4JD
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Enquiries Rachael Furminger / 0208 392 3795

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Capoeira and Body Politics with Beatrice Allegranti

Capoeira Workshop

Capoeira and Body Politics

with Beatrice Allegranti

Date to be confirmed later this year

An opportunity for Capoeira practitioners and dancers; explore how gender, sexuality, age, ability and cultural background impact our physicality, our movement relationships and, our experiences of power.

Beatrice Allegranti will draw from her experience and research in Capoeria, Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Femanism and Neuroscience to facilitate a safe and reflective space to challenge our own and each other's embodied assumptions, biases and prejudices.

The workshop will include movement improvisation tasks, dynamic Capoeira exchange and live music. The aim is to support participants to find empowering self-expression and collaborative ways of meeting each other through movement

watch the recent TEDx talk about this work: http://www.tedxdorking.com/live-webcast/

Venue:University of Roehampton, Whitelands Studio

Cost: £95


Location and booking information

Date To be confirmed
Time 10:00 - 17:30
Duration One Day
Price £95.00
Payment Places are awarded on a first paid, first serve basis due to demand
Venue Whitelands Studio, University of Roehampton
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Address Whitelands College, University of Roehampton, Holybourne Avenue, London SW15 4JD