Dr Sue Jennings

When I was studying art therapy I came across a book by writer and dramatherapist Dr Sue Jennings and art therapist Ase Minde called Art Therapy and Drama Therapy: Masks of the Soul. I was inspired and impressed by the book which gave me many ideas for use in my own practice with teens, and also furthered my interest in embodied movement for trauma release which I bring in to my eco-therapy work outside in nature. Over the last couple of years I have been lucky enough to have training with Dr Sue as part of a creative supervision training that I undertook with CTC and also more recently an online workshop/training where Dr Sue described the importance of different kinds of play to support healthy child development and strategies to introduce creative activities to young people who have been deprived of early healthy family support, love and attachment.

During the workshop which was a mixture of lecture, discussion and creative activities, although online, we mature therapist participants played and learnt together with Dr Sue’s skilled delivery. I feel incredibly lucky as Dr Sue Jennings who is in her 70’s is planning to retire and move to India (only stopped by Covid 19). I am hoping that she will now continue to work online where ever she is!

Below is a link to an article about her from a BACP journal.

https://www.bacp.co.uk/bacp-journals/bacp-children-young-people-and-families-journal/september-2015/trauma-the-body-the-play-and-the-drama/

Published by Art Therapy in Ballydehob, West Cork. Marika O'Sullivan

I am an art therapist based in Ballydehob West Cork. My background is in art and design, but I have also worked therapeutically with people for over 20 years. I also have many years experience of creative group facilitation and working in schools with art and design projects. I am currently Art Therapist in ARC,cancer support in West Cork and on the Cosceim panel working with young people in Direct Provision. Other experience includes working with adults of all ages, children and more specifically with adolescents and families who are having difficulties while at this transitional stage. Art Therapy allows creative solutions to difficult situation, the process builds resilience and improved coping skills, bringing joy and the potential to thrive creativity back into one's life.

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