Conference Theme: Necessity of Play
Date: March 20, 2021
Platforms: Zoom and CANVAS
This year’s TASP conference focuses on providing for play during times of crisis and stress including homelessness, abject poverty, natural disasters, border crossing/trafficking, imprisonment, refugee/mass migration, pandemic, terrorism, and war. Drawing on Sutton-Smith’s (2017) conceptual framework on play as emotional survival, conference themes are broadly organized around play as a coping mechanism in the face of external adversities and as a way to foster resilience and hope. Thus, play is the experience of creative purpose and inner necessity for emotional survival.