The power of play, so central to psychoanalytic theory and practice, is conjoined to the social psychological or socio-politically coloured concept of power, giving rise to many fruitful discussions of how these concepts manifest themselves in clinical work with children, groups and adults. The inspiration for this book was the 3-section EFPP conference in Copenhagen in May 2007 with the main theme "Play and Power". At the conference and in the book, this theme is presented both inside and outside the therapeutic space. It is amply illustrated in clinical cases from individual psychotherapies with children and adults and from group analysis. Most of the examples are with hateful or resigned children and adults who have been exposed to extremely damaging or unhelpful environments, and who demonstrate convincingly some of the devastating consequences that abuse of power in the real world may have. Play and power are also explored in the broader context of the community, however.

chapter One|20 pages

Transformation through play: Living with the traumas of the past

ByMonica Lanyado

chapter Two|20 pages

Has play the power to change group and patients in group analysis?

ByPeter Ramsing

chapter Three|16 pages

The power of hate in therapy

ByMette Kjær Barfort

chapter Four|26 pages

Survival and helplessness in empty space 1

ByLiselotte Grünbaum

chapter Five|20 pages

The power to play with movement, vibrations and rhythms when language emerges

ByChantal Lheureux-Davidse

chapter Six|14 pages

The return of the absent father

ByJacob Segal

chapter Seven|16 pages

Power and play: A tale of denigration and idealisation

ByGerhard Wilke