Geraldine is qualified to undertake the following assessments:
Non-directive Play Therapy assessment of children's attachment,
emotional and developmental needs
The therapeutic method of using non-directive Play Therapy as a
means of assessing the child's attachment needs, wishes and feelings
and the likely effects of any changes in the child's circumstances
on the child's psychological well being, is based on a child-centred
framework for working with children. Non-directive Play Therapy
sessions for assessment purposes, relies on the premise that, play
rather than verbal exchanges, are a prime means of communication
in children. The child's communications through play are understood
and evaluated in the context of the children's personality and developmental
history and in comparison with expected developmentally appropriate
child play communications.
Assessment of Adult Attachment Style
The Attachment Style Intervie
The Attachment Style Interview assesses characteristics of adults
in terms of the quality of their close relationships, social support
and security of attachment style. Its transparent method of questioning
and scoring assesses specific support contexts, the quality of close
relationships and general relating ability. This provides a categorisation
of the way in which the adult’s behaviour is guided by positive
or negative attitudes leading to secure or insecure relating style.
The resulting profile determines which Attachment style best characterises
the individual (e.g. Secure, Enmeshed, Fearful, Angry – dismissive
or Withdrawn), but also the extent to which a person is Markedly,
Moderately or Mildly Insecure. This is important given the evidence
that Mildly Insecure and Clearly Secure styles carry less risk of
mental health problems.
Assessing attachment style is particularly useful in adoption,
and fostering, kinship care and child care contexts and is increasingly
used to identify risk and resilience factors in carers committed
to parenting difficult to place children with challenging behaviours.
Awareness of adult attachment style can also inform clinical work
in relation to parenting risks, risks for depression and for domestic
violence. Attachment behaviour characterises human beings throughout
life. Patterns established in childhood tend to structure the quality
of later bonds in adolescent and adult relationships. Attachment
style influences a range of functioning – e.g. the ability
to access support, to make friends, make intimate relationships
and future parenting.
See also www.attachmentstyleinterview.com.
"It is a happy talent
to know how to play"
"It is in playing,
and perhaps only
in playing, that the child
- and the adult - is free to be creative" D.W.Winnicot
"In play therapy, children create their own tolerable doses of stress that builds resilience." Bruce D. Perryy