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Playful Dyads Introduction

What is "Playful Dyads"?

  • A Forum

    A forum for therapists of all traditions and academic training to engage in participative research and learning.

    In the long term, we hope to be a forum for psychotherapists, academics, educators, sociologists, economists, and others to engage in research and learning together; and gain a more effective and actionable understanding of the human condition.

  • A Place to Gather

    Our events bring our members together with panels of innovators in therapeutic practice.

    Brief presentations set the stage for conversations of discovery and exploration of clinical practice. The panels will go deeper into clinical engagement and client work.

  • A Symbol

    for the collaborative potential of three dyads when each achieves playfulness:

    The client-therapist dyad

    The dyad of the two right hemispheres in right brain psychotherapy

    The dyad of right and left hemispheres in the client and in the therapist respectively

 Framework: A Concert of Paradigms & Situations.

 The Transitional Zone is a Somato-Psychological Theater.

Our Founding Members

Six members of the various Schore study groups have been meeting weekly for over a year focusing on further integration of all we received from Allan into our current clinical work. “The Tribe” of 6 is now poised to offer to the wider community of psychotherapists of all stripes effective practices for a more connected therapy. We offer you the opportunity of joining us in further  explorations together.

Linda Chapman, MA, ATR-BC

Author of Neurobiolgically Informed Trauma Therapy with Children and Adolescents, Linda has over 40 years of clinical experience with those who have experienced child abuse, violence and medical trauma as well as learning and behavior problems.

Linda participated in a study group with Dr. Allan Schore for over 12 years, and has been in the forefront of applying Allan's teachings to clinical practice. Linda was affiliated with University of California San Francisco for 30 years where she held clinical faculty and research positions.

Madeleine De Little, Ph.D

Dr. Madeleine De Little has been a student for twelve years of ‘Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy’. She is currently the research chair of the Satir Institute of the Pacific in Canada and a faculty member of the Banmen Satir China Management Centre.

Her studies of the latest developments in neuroscience and transformational change have led her to develop a unique model of sand tray therapy and write a book, Where Words Can’t Reach - Neuroscience and the Satir Model in the Sand Tray.

Ann Cameron, Ph.D.

Developmental Psychologist

Ann Cameron conducts research focussing on attachment relationships between children and youth and their parents; specifically examining associations between physiological and psychological stress responses, coping, gender, and attachment.

She also studies resilience in cultural context, and communication and integrity cross-culturally.

Ann's Website


Integrating approaches toward more effective clinical treatment has interested me for decades, at first when administering a tuberculosis clinic and as team leader in a hospital treatment of psychoses.

For the past four decades I have dedicated myself to psychotherapy, pursuing more effective treatment while integrating the most promising approaches into my clinical practice, now culminating in interpersonal neurobiology weaving together play, art, soma and more.

Alok Srivastava, Ph.D.

Dr. Alok Srivastava works in Philosophy, History and Sociology of Science and in Science, Technology Society Studies. His program of research is called Material-Semiotic and Material-Discursive Studies. He is bringing the non-visual or ‘contactual’ sense experiences into linguistic and discursive studies of communities of practice such as chemistry, biology, somatics and psychology. (Alok's Website)

Alok is trained in Rosen Method Bodywork and Movement - a modality of Somatic Therapy - and for the last ten years has also participated in Allan Schore’s study groups in Berkeley and Seattle.

Stuart Kenney

Online Community Services Partner

Stuart Kenney is the owner of Gradient Designs, a company who's goal is to Create Space for What Matters through mindful integration of technology into our human lives.

With over 12 years producing virtual events and creating digital collaboration experiences, Stuart is proud to have been a part of bringing Playful Dyads to life and is excited to continue support the learning and development of this new community.

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