Welcome to our new Online Training Programme!

We are delighted that our NDP Training Programme in now available online. All modules include online teaching and resources, as well as one-to-one tutorials and assessed work. Please read through the following information and, if this course is for you, please complete the Enrolment Form.

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The great thing about this course is that it's accessible, affordable and available now!

The course outline is set out below. There are two pathways available in this training programme - a Practitioner Diploma in Neuro-Dramatic-Play and an Advanced Diploma in Neuro-Dramatic-Play. Please see the course outline below for detail.

You may start the course when you wish and proceed through it at your own pace.
There are no deadlines: you set the timetable.

We are currently running a special introductory offer: £150 per module, or £550 for all four modules when paid in advance.


Brief Course Outline

MODULE 1: foundation course

Includes the overall theory of Neuro-Dramatic-Play (NDP), messy play and stories.
 

MODULE 2: Attachment, Heartbeats and Rhythm (NDP 2):

Understanding heart-to-heart connections, rhythmic play and stories.
 

MODULE 3:    Embodiment-Projection-Role (EPR)

Developmental paradigm of play and drama that encourages confidence-building, empathy and interactive playfulness.
 

MODULE 4: Theatre of Resilience (ToR)

Rituals of security and containment, performance skills and confidence, miniature theatres and dramatised storytelling.


MODULE 1: FOUNDATION COURSE

Online Elements: The first part of the Module consists of the online elements which you must watch and listen to. These are:

- Introductory Video

- Tutorial Seminar Presentation

- Interview with Dr Sue Jennings

- What is Messy Play?

- The Magic Leaf

- Play and Stories in Kazakhstan

- The Story of Little Goat

Once you have completed these online elements you will book your One-to-one Tutorial with Dr Sue (by Skype, or telephone if you cannot access Skype). You will then move onto the Assessed part of the Module.

Assessment:
1. Create a Sensory Bag to use with children.
The bag itself should be sensory (a mixed-fabric Indian bag with mirrors is ideal), and the contents should consist of various toys and materials to encourage sensory play (for example finger paints, bell-shaker, bubbles). The bag and contents should be photographed, together with a few notes on how/why the contents will be used, and submitted for assessment with your report.

2. Conduct 3-4 sessions of Sensory and Messy Play with an individual or small group of children under the age of 6 years, utilising the sensory bag and other sensory materials. They can be children of friends, neighbours or from a local nursery, (not your own children). Write this up as a report, illustrated with photographs (with parental permission; if this is not given, photograph hands only, from the back) and the work. Reflect on the work and include references if appropriate. Evaluate the work yourself and gain feedback from the participating children.

Submit a short report by email. This should include photographs of the Sensory Bag and your Sensory Play report.

Essential Reading:
Healthy Attachments and Neuro-Dramatic-Play, Sue Jennings (2010)
[You can purchase this here in our online shop]

Suggested Reading / Watching:
NDP Part One: A Play-Book for Adults of Theory and Practice, Sue Jennings (2013).
All you Need is Love: the art of Mindful parenting, Shelja Sen (2015) Harper Collins
Fighting the Dragon: Finding the Self, Caroline Essame. (2016). Createcatt
Introduction to Developmental Play Therapy,  Sue Jennings (1999). Jessica Kingsley

The Moving Child: Supporting Early Development Through Movement. An Educational Documentary (film) by Hana Kamea Kemble (available from Amazon)

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MODULE 2: ATTACHMENTS, HEARTBEATS AND RHYTHM

Online Elements: The first part of the Module consists of the online elements which you must watch and listen to. These are:

- Introductory Video

- Tutorial Seminar Presentation

- The Invisible Child

- Reflections on Invisibility

- Drumming

- Clapping & Singing South African Rain Song

- Circadian Rhythm

Once you have completed these online elements you will book your One-to-one Tutorial with Dr Sue (by Skype, or telephone if you cannot access Skype). You will then move onto the Assessed part of the Module.

Assessment:
1. Create an Attachment Box for use with children and teenagers. Some of the contents may overlap with the sensory bag; include attachment toys, puppets and objects to encourage exploration of dependent relationships and nurture. The box and contents should be photographed, and submitted for assessment, together with a few notes on how the box can be used.

2. Spend time with a mother and newborn baby, noting early interactions and discussing 'play and newborns'. Write a page of notes about 'newborn play'.

Submit a short report by email. This should include photographs of the Attachment Box and notes on its use, and your notes on newborn play.

For the Advanced Diploma: Conduct 10 sessions of NDP or Rhythmic Play with children or teenagers. Focus on attachment play and rhythm. Write your findings from these sessions up as a report, illustrated with photographs (with parental permission; if this is not given, photograph hands only, from the back) and the work. Reflect on the work and include references if appropriate. Evaluate the work yourself and gain feedback from the participating children.

 

 
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MODULE 3: EMBODIMENT-PROJECTION-ROLE (EPR)

Online Elements: The first part of the Module consists of the online elements which you must watch and listen to. These are:

- Introductory Video

- Tutorial Seminar Presentation

- Discussion with Dr Sue Jennings and Dr Joanna Janaaste

- Mandala Method

- Malinka and the Fairies

- Applied Puppetry

- Oseo and the Giant

Once you have completed these online elements you will book your One-to-one Tutorial with Dr Sue (by Skype, or telephone if you cannot access Skype). You will then move onto the Assessed part of the Module.

Assessment:
1. Create a Story Bag with objects, small figures, and storybooks. The box and contents should be photographed, and submitted for assessment, together with a few notes on how the box can be used.

2. Find an opportunity to tell new stories to a group of children, and make notes on their responses.

Submit a short report by email. This should include photographs of the Story Bag and notes on its use, and your notes on the story-telling session.

For the Advanced Diploma: Conduct 15 sessions using EPR with teenagers or young adults using your Story Box. Write your findings from these sessions up as a report, illustrated with photographs (with parental permission; if this is not given, photograph hands only, from the back) and the work. Reflect on the work and include references if appropriate. Evaluate the work yourself and gain feedback from the participating children.

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MODULE 4: THEATRE OF RESILIENCE (TOR)

Online Elements: The first part of the Module consists of the online elements which you must watch and listen to. These are:

- Introductory Video

- Tutorial Seminar Presentation

- Performance Skills and Confidence

- Rituals and Rites

- A Midsummer Night's Dream

- Story and Performance

Once you have completed these online elements you will book your One-to-one Tutorial with Dr Sue (by Skype, or telephone if you cannot access Skype). You will then move onto the Assessed part of the Module.

Assessment:
1. Create either:
a) a Story Theatre from a shoe box or similar; the lid could be the stage, for example, and the audience could be cut out people, stuck on one surface; create some small scenery/props and people to re-enact scenes from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and other stories.

b) a big Monster Puppet that can be used in Monster Play sessions with young children.

2. Watch a DVD, or better still, go to a performance of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Make some notes, (2 pages) on ideas from the play that would promote greater understanding of relationships, families and symbols.

Write up a short report including photographs and notes about either your Story Theatre or Monster Puppet, and your Midsummer Night's Dream notes. 

For the Advanced Diploma: Conduct 15 sessions of NDP/EPR with adults or older people, including people with dementia. Include sensory, rhythmic and dramatic play, as well as stories, text work and your Story Theatre.  Write a report on the sessions together with photographs, and submit with MND notes and photos of Story Theatre and how you will use it. The total report should be 12-15 pages and is again submitted by email.

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ADVANCED DIPLOMA
FINAL ASSESSMENT

When all four modules have been completed, please submit a final essay which is a reflection on your personal and professional journey through the course. You will find your journal very useful as a source. You should also include any insights and new understanding that you have gained from the course. Word length maximum 3000 words and should include examples of your own drawings and sketches.