CPD Event title: Play, creativity and digital culture with Karen Cross (Lecture)
Brief Description Of Event: This lecture will be delivered via Zoom. What is the connection between childhood play and aspects of creativity in later life, and how does the capacity to play enable a greater sense of feeling creative in the world? What insights can psychoanalysis bring to understanding play and creativity, and how can these be applied at individual, group and institutional levels of the uses of technology in the digital age? How can psychoanalytic insights bring greater understanding to people’s ordinary and everyday uses of digital technologies, including social media? How is it possible to think of the uses of such technologies in terms of play?
Learning Objectives: By attending this lecture you can gain:
An understanding of various approaches to theorising play and creativity within the psychoanalytic field. Further insight into the emergence of child-centred approaches with a special focus on the work of Melanie Klein and Donald Woods Winnicott. An introduction of how play in infancy builds a sense of creativity and ability to live a creative life, as well as the various impacts that this has upon cultural life. An understanding of how insights relating to play can be applied more broadly to the use of media particularly in digital and online contexts, including aspects of visual social media.
Course Structure: Outline
The session will be delivered as an interactive lecture with plenty of time given for reflection on contemporary culture, personal life and practice. It will begin with a brief introduction to the various contributions to understanding play and creativity that have been made by key psychoanalytic thinkers. Lots of contemporary examples of media use, ranging across the more personal to larger institutional cases will be used to generate relatable discussion.
Finally, the session will provide space for reflection on some of the less formal ways in which encounters with play and its absences present themselves within everyday life, and potentially also come to light in the clinical context.
Date of event: Jun 25, 2022
Duration of Event: days
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Name of trainer: Dr Karen Cross
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Cost of Course: £25
Cost for NCH members: £
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