||The Thinking Heart, The Loving Mind - The application of psychodrama in therapeutic reunification work with maltreated and neglected infants and their parents
||Journal 28 December 2019
||babies, child protection, infant, J.L. Moreno, Moreno, parents, Psychodrama, therapeutic reunification
||In this article, Patricia O’Rourke describes the way in which she applies psychodrama in her therapeutic reunification work with parents and babies in the child protection system in Australia. The paper was developed from a keynote address delivered to the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association (AANZPA) Conference in Brisbane in January 2019.
|O'Rourke, Patricia; Warne, Heather
||Psychodrama and Infant Mental Health: An Essay and a Conversation
||Journal 24 December 2015
||Infant Mental Health, Psychodrama
||The context for the work is an Infant Therapeutic Reunification Service. It is a joint health and child protection initiative in South Australia that works with 0-3 year-old infants who have been abused or neglected and their parent/s. Abusive parents come to the Service with minimal relational capacity and often actively work against being in relationship as their whole experience of relationship has been frightening. The focus of the work is learning to be in relationship. The client in the story has generously given permission for the work to be published and presented. Patricia O'Rourke: The reason for putting this piece of writing about this work into the psychodrama world is its eloquence. This work, and how we do it, is a synthesis or integration of psychodrama and infant mental health principles that enlarges both areas.
||Integrating Infant Mental Health and Psychodrama Perspectives
||Journal 15 December 2006
||child development, Infant Mental Health, spontaneity, warm-up
||Discusses Moreno's theories of child development, spontaneity and warm-up and the work of major infant mental health theorists. It draws a parallel between these theories and describes how these two bodies of work can strengthen therapeutic practice.