Seiler Consultancy Ltd
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Creative Tools in Health & Social Care

Miniature Animals

by Nadine Seiler
published in March 2012
Set includes 24 animal figurines in a soft cotton bag and a 75-page full colour guide.


Aimed at psychologists, social workers and psychotherapists, this tool offers a creative way of conducting assessment, counselling and therapy sessions with children and adults. Its approach helps clients to express themselves and gain new experiences through physical play and imagination whilst making use of a range of senses including hearing, movement, touch and sight. The miniature animals are ideal to help children and adults:

  • Express and label their feelings;
  • Explore and clarify conflicting feelings and emotions;
  • Explore family relationships and social networks;
  • Recognise strengths and concerns within those networks;
  • Explore wishes and feelings in a non-threatening, playful & dynamic way;
  • Experiment with new behaviours.

The booklet provides many examples and scenarios to show the range of applications and gives ideas for its day-to-day use. The cotton sack containing the animals is lightweight and fits into every handbag.

Professional reviews

'The text of the booklet is very readable (…) I think the tool will be very useful for social workers.'
Dr Sue Chantrell, Executive Team Member of the International Attachment Network

'Nadine Seiler has provided a powerful resource to enable the telling of clients’ inside stories through the distance of working through projected play (…) Seiler’s method is playful and fun for the child involved while providing both an assessment tool and a means of making a healthy, psyche-sensitive therapeutic intervention. The accompanying book offers clear and simple instructions (…) This is a very useful resource for therapists, social workers and health care professionals.'
Mary Smail, Director of the Sesame Institute for Drama and Movement Therapy

'I am impressed with the tool […]. The tool will be very beneficial to the social care field and will provide professionals with other dimensions of working, apart from just the use of policy and text book styles. The detail in the booklet is precise, descriptive and easy to follow. The use of photography is impressive (...).'
Samantha Babb, Qualified Independent Social Worker and Drama and Film Writer

‘As a social work practitioner within the Children and Families field I found the concept very innovative but equally simple and easy to follow. The accompanying booklet is extremely helpful, well structured and straightforward to use. I particularly liked the ‘Creative Activities’ section which offers examples of using the animals in order to explore various circumstances within a child’s life. This really is an exciting innovative and versatile toolkit which has a rightful place within the social sector.’
Catherine Jackson, Senior Social Worker at a Local Authority in Wales

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