I have twenty seven years’ experience in children and families’ community and social work, first in the voluntary sector as a group worker for women and children, from 1993 as a qualified social worker in the statutory sector, and since 2007 as a senior lecturer in social work. Enduring influences from my previous undergraduate studies include the substance monism of Spinoza’s Ethics and the complementary dialectical historical materialist methods of Vygotsky and Luria’s school of Psychology.
After moving into a specialist permanency service in 2003, I was one of the first practitioners within the UK to undertake training in Theraplay® and the Marschak Interaction Method (TTI, USA). A focus on social relationships, as opposed to an atomistic individualistic approach, strongly resonated with my own Vygotskyian perspective adopted as a Social Science undergraduate back in the 1980s. Similarly, the very notion that the capacity for self-control develops during ontogenesis through adult-child relationships, and on the internalisation of social relationships more generally, is a recurring theme within the English translations of Vygotsky’s collected works which have since become available.
Having recently updated my Theraplay training, I am currently keen to develop partnerships with agencies where I could provide Theraplay Informed Practice. I currently lead a Therapeutic Caregiving and Transitions Study Group which meets three times a year and am interested in pursuing evaluation of Theraplay Informed Practice for doctoral studies.