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Rhythms of Relating in Children's Therapies

Rhythms of Relating in Children's Therapies

Stuart Daniel | Colwyn Trevarthen | Nigel Osborne | Carolyn Fresquez | Stephen Malloch | Dan Hughes | Cochavit Elefant | Stephen Porges | Peter Levine | Dennis McCarthy | Katy Dymoke | Dee Ray | Tim Webb | Stine Lindahl Jacobsen | Hugh Nankivell | Sarah Butler | Penny McFarlane | Foteini Athanasiadou | Vicky Karkou | Helena Rodrigues | Paulo Rodrigues | Ana Almeida | Judi Parson | Jane Edwards | Chantal Polzin | Ulrike Lüdtke | Josephat Semkiwa | Bodo Frank


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This multidisciplinary book shows how to foster meaningful relationships between therapists and vulnerable children, through exploring the concept of communicative musicality and creating rhythms of connection.

It includes broad and in-depth contributions from leading therapists from diverse backgrounds - including Peter A. Levine, Daniel Hughes, Stephen Porges, Dennis McCarthy and many more. Contributors reflect on their own experiences, providing insights from the fields of music therapy, trauma, dance and movement therapy, psychobiology, dramatherapy, counselling, play therapy, and education. Contemporary theory is woven in with case stories to highlight the emotional realities of working with highly vulnerable children, and to present proven examples of how therapists can improve the quality of connectedness. Full of original and innovative ideas for working with attachment issues, trauma, communication difficulties, autism, learning disabilities, aggression and anxiety, this is inspiring reading for professionals who work with vulnerable children in creative therapies.

Royalty proceeds from the book will be donated to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), UK.

I was entranced by the premise of this book - that rhythmic experiences are powerful means of connecting with and relating to others without words - and enthralled by the wide range of therapeutic contexts where such an approach is clearly so potent.
Dorothy Miell, Professor of Social Psychology, University of Edinburgh, Co-Author of Musical Communication
Rhythm is at the core of all relationships; it is also the basis for effective therapeutic attunement. This valuable contribution articulately explains the importance of rhythm in work with children and generously provides practical and "attuned" strategies for helping professionals to immediately apply in treatment.
Cathy Malchiodi, Director, Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, Author of The Art Therapy Sourcebook
Trevarthen's generous and inclusive history of communicative musicality provides a powerful segue into this riveting collection. Trust and attunement are prominent threads in these stories, which transcend the notion of an expert who attempts to fix a needy child. Instead they teach us how children can actively participate in their own growth when met with creativity and emotional sensitivity.
Katrina McFerran, Professor and Head of Music Therapy, The University of Melbourne, Australia, Author of Music, Music Therapy and Adolescents
This is an important book. It addresses a subject which has long been neglected. It offers the means towards devising more effective ways of dealing with the effect of trauma. Although the book is concerned with the therapeutic significance of rhythm and the notion of "communicative musicality" in children it has major implications for adult therapy. It is an engaging "read" - scholarly, well-written, and even enjoyable.
Russell Meares, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Sydney University, Author of The Poet’s Voice in the Making of Mind
Starting with the communicative musicality of mum and baby's loving embodied dance these international innovative contributors from the arts, research and trauma invite us on a journey into the essential and transformative power of the rhythms of human connection. From harnessing dragons to evolving into butterflies be delighted and inspired.
Suzi Tortora, Author of The Dancing Dialogue: Using the Communicative Power of Movement with Young Children
Having no idea what to expect, this book was a surprising delight. Like therapy itself, it is a journey, it is filled with opportunities to reflect and grow. Its very title says it all, as "rhythms" and "relating" are the most core and healing qualities of psychotherapy. The relevant and engaging Rhythms of Relating in Children's Therapies should be in the library of all child therapists. Highly recommended!
Daniel Sweeney, Professor of Counseling, Director of Northwest Center for Play Therapy Studies, Director of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at George Fox University [Portland, OR], Co-author of, Group Play Therapy: A Dynamic Approach
This wonderful and utterly unique book is a treasure trove of fascinating and scholarly examples showing how conceptualising time, rhythm, collaboration and play in new ways can help vulnerable children. The authors present accessible, clear and concise chapters that highlight how the rhythms of relating are a fundamental feature of human existence. A "must read" for anybody interested in therapies for children.
Raymond MacDonald, Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation, University of Edinburgh, Co-Founder of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, Co-Editor of The Handbook of Musical Identities
Contributors from around the world have come together to make this book a huge inspiration on the rare and essential subject of shared life rhythms in children's psychotherapy. A sense of fun radiates from the text and offers the reader both insights and joyful now-moments.
Susan Hart, Psychologist, Editor of Inclusion, Play and Empathy
This fascinating volume is rich with varied perspectives and descriptions about working with children. The premise of rhythm as the music of communication is presented compellingly in early chapters, grounded in science and a brief history of infant-adult interaction research. Expert illustrations from a wide range of specialists, including creative arts therapists, make this comprehensive collection a valuable and engaging resource for both professionals and the public
Robyn Flaum Cruz, Professor, Lesley University [Cambridge, MA], Past-President, American Dance Therapy Association, Co-Editor, Dance/Movement Therapists in Action
This is an extraordinary book that gives innovative insight, understanding and practical intervention on the importance of rhythm in therapy. Written by diverse and cross cultural therapists, artistes and clinicians, it invites us into the internal world of a child's musicality, rhythmic reciprocity and communication. Simply, it inspires wonder!
Sue Jennings, Professor of Play, European Dramatherapy Federation, Author of Healthy Attachments and Neuro-Dramatic Play
Each chapter in this international collection brings a unique perspective with depthful insights and rich wisdom. Written in clear, engaging and embodied language by dedicated and passionate educators, therapists and artists, Rhythms of Relating in Children's Therapies will profoundly inspire anyone who works or lives with children.
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Founder and educational director of the School for Body-Mind Centering®, Author of Sensing, Feeling and Action

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
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__DdeLink__502_1493770065 174
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__DdeLink__1272_670391082 312
__DdeLink__542_283342287 338
Stuart Daniel and Colwyn Trevarthen 9
Rhythm from the Beginning 9
Introduction 9
Colwyn Trevarthen 28
Caring for Intimate, Musical Vitality from Birth 28
Health and Happiness Grow in Play 28
Nigel Osborne 14
Love, Rhythm and Chronobiology 14
Rhythms of Relating in Children’s Therapies 45
‘I’m Right Here, Little One’ 46
A New Mother’s Reflections on Dance Movement Psychotherapy 46
Carolyn Fresquez 46
Establishing a Therapy of Musicality 63
The Embodied Narratives of Myself with Others 63
Stephen Malloch 63
Finding Our Way to Reciprocity 82
Working with Children Who Find It Difficult to Trust 82
Daniel Hughes 82
From Cocoon to Butterfly 100
Music Therapy with an Adopted Girl 100
Cochavit Elefant 100
Play and the Dynamics of Treating Pediatric Medical Trauma 113
Insights from Polyvagal Theory 113
Stephen Porges and Stuart Daniel 113
Somatic Experiencing® 125
A Body Oriented Approach to the Treatment of Traumatized Infants and Children 125
Peter A. Levine 125
Finding Togetherness 141
Musicality in Play Therapy with Children with Severe Communication Difficulties 141
Stuart Daniel 141
Harnessing the Dragon 161
Using an Image of Unbridled Life Force in Play Therapy 161
Dennis McCarthy 161
The Lost and Found 172
Helping Children through Trauma Using Neurocellular Developmental Movement Methods 172
Katy Dymoke 172
Relating When Relating is Hard 188
Working with Aggressive Children in Child Centered Play Therapy 188
Dee C. Ray 188
The Rhythms of an Oily Cart Show 207
Theatre for Young People with Complex Learning Disabilities 207
Tim Webb 207
A Meaningful Journey 223
Including Parents in Interactive Music Therapy with Emotionally Neglected Children 223
Stine Lindahl Jacobsen 223
Noise, Time and Listening 238
Enabling Children to Express Themselves through Music 238
Hugh Nankivell and Sarah Butler 238
A Voyage into the Seascape 259
Dramatherapy in Schools 259
Penny McFarlane 259
Establishing Relationships with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders through Dance Movement Psychotherapy 272
A Case Study Using Artistic Enquiry 272
Foteini Athanasiadou and Vicky Karkou 272
Collective Musicality 293
Stories of Healing from Companhia de Música Teatral and Other Musical Projects 293
Helena Rodrigues and Paulo Maria Rodrigues 293
Moving Freely to Music 310
Child-Centred Research Practice in Early Years 310
Ana Almeida 310
Seeing the Play in Music Therapy and Hearing the Music in Play Therapy for Children Receiving Medical Treatment 321
Jane Edwards and Judi Parson 321
And Then I Belonged 338
Relational Communication Therapy in a Remote Tanzanian Orphanage 338
Chantal Polzin, Ulrike Lüdtke, Josephat Semkiwa and Bodo Frank 338
Contributors 358
Index 364
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