Friday, 18 August 2017

NEURO-DRAMATIC-PLAY - exciting new courses from September 2017!

  • Are you working with children or teenagers on the autistic spectrum?
  • Does your work involve children who are 'out of rhythm'?
  • Maybe the children you work with are struggling with spatial awareness?
  • Are there issues with sensory processing?

22-23 September (Friday 1-7, Saturday 10-5) in central Weston Super Mare

Rhythms of Life: from heartbeats to habits, from routines to rituals

This 2 day course illustrates the importance of rhythm in attachment and introduces rhythmic play for babies and early years.  It also shows the importance of rhythm when working with children on the autistic spectrum.  Kelly Hunter who has undertaken long-term research with children and teenagers on the autistic spectrum is teaching on this course, together with Dr Sue Jennings who has developed NDP application with children with learning needs as well as development delay.

Children who have experienced trauma or neglect are often 'out of rhythm' which creates anxiety and fear.  They may be 'shut down' or physically hyper-energetic and unable to hear possible ways to calm and focus.

This course looks at the theory and practice and provides take-away skills to apply in the work setting.
£165 including course notes and light refreshments
£150 early bird before 1 September

The course can be credited towards a Diploma in Neuro-Dramatic-Play.

To book or inquire please email

For more information about NDP please go to:

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

NDP in Romania and more!

Neuro-Dramatic-Play is firmly becoming established in Romania both in Bucharest and Brasov.  Therapists and teachers see it as an important add-on to their professional expertise.  

This next week-end is an advanced Training Course for people who have completed the Diploma followed by a special three day course on 'Dreams and Nightmares'. This is a new NDP course which connects early experiences of fear with later nightmares and strong loving attachments with a greater awareness of positive dreams.  Everything is connected!

The Annual Play Therapy and Dramatherapy Summer School in Brasov includes an intensive Ritual Theatre component as well as Autobiographical Theatre, and a review of the three years of training for the graduates.

Summer 2018 (dates to be announced) we will have another Neuro-Dramatic-Play Intensive.  Last year participants came from UK, New Zealand, Turkey and beyond!  The course combines the NDP Diploma with practice with local children, teenagers and adults as well as families and mothers and babies.  Next year we will report as we work so that participants can complete their Diploma at the end of the course.

Watch this space!

Warm wishes

Dr Sue


Monday, 29 May 2017

'NDP in the Jungle': A new course initiative

A exciting new development in Neuro-Dramatic-Play ( 
took place in the Malaysian rain forest 20 April - 4 May 2017.  Participants were able to complete their NDP study combined with placement and submit their reports, all within the allotted time.

We spent time in Kuala Lumpur on initial studies, a group of 10 people including myself and Andy Hickson as facilitators.  Participants came from Canada, Malaysia and the UK, with backgrounds in play therapy, dramatherapy, counselling and theatre-in-education, three men (including baby Anthony) and 7 women.  

We went by minibus to Cameron Highlands for an overnight stay before going into the jungle outskirts for several nights and then deep jungle.  We returned to KL for the final study, report and debrief.

It was a very exciting time and we all experienced the benefits of working 'hands on' with families, children and teenagers.  It was a privilege to live with the Temiars who welcomed us so generously.  We learned how to build and sail a bamboo raft, cook their food and make decorations and headdresses.  We participated in their singing and dance, healing trance and stories.

We observed their play and were able to conduct our own play sessions with different age groups.

Friendships were forged and ideas spun of possible future initiatives.  We may well take another group into the forest but not until 2019.

More photos in the next episode!

Dr Sue Jennings