What is Relational Play?

Watch this 11:29 min video where Saliha talks about the relational play (the focus of her current scholarship):


PlayLab’s (Dr. Bava’s) Views of Performance & Play

The following articles illustrate the application of performance,  “play-oriented” perspective  & collaborative practices that are foundational to our lab. We apply relational play and performative practices across contexts (please connect if you work in these contexts or interested in relational play!)

  1. leadership in disaster response
  2. couples therapy
  3. clinical supervision
  4. research methodology
  5. research supervision

Locating Dr. Bava & Her Scholarly Activism

  1. Hyperlink Identity
  2. Locating Play


  • Bava, S. (2019). Responsive Supervision: Playing with Risk-Taking and Hyperlinked Identities. In L. L. Charlés & T. Nelson (eds). Family Therapy Supervision In Extraordinary Settings: Illustrations of Systemic Approaches in Everyday Clinical Work. New York, NY:
  • Bava, S. & Greene, M. (2019). Un-gendering Couple’s Collaboration. In D. Whitney et al (Eds). Thriving Women Thriving World. Chagrin Falls, OH: Taos Institute Publications.
  • Charles, L. & Bava, S. (in press). Systemic Family Therapy and Global Mental Health: Reflections on Professional Development and Training. In K. Wampler, M. Rastogi & R. Singh (Eds.). The Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy. New York: Wiley.
  • Bava, S. (in review). Play-Oriented Pedagogy in Family Therapy Training. [Journal article].
  • Bava, S. & McNamee, S. (in press). Imagining Relationally Crafted Justice: A Pluralist Stance. Contemporary Justice Review [Journal].
  • Bava, S. (2018). Hyperlinked Identity: A Generative Resource in a Divisive World. In M. McGoldrick & K. Hardy (Eds.), Re-visioning Family Therapy. Third Edition.
  • Bava, S. & Greene, M. (2018). The Relational Book for Parenting. NY: ThinkPlayPartners.
  • Bava, S. & Arora, K. (2018). An Unknown, Unnamable Journey: Family Therapists in Complex Conversations as Muslim and Sikh Immigrants. In D. Trimble (Ed.), Engaging with Spirituality in Family Therapy, AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy. NY: Springer.
  • Bava, S. (2018). Kaethe Wiengarten. In J. L . Lebow, A. L. Chambers, & D. Breunlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of couple and family therapy. New York: Springer.
  • Bava, S. Chaveste, R., & Molina, P. (2018). Collaborative-Dialogic Practices: A Socially Just Orientation. In C. Audet and D. Pare (Eds.), Social Justice and Counseling. NY: Routledge.
  • Bava, S. (2017). Creativity in Couple and Family Therapy. In J. L . Lebow, A. L. Chambers, & D. Breunlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of couple and family therapy. New York: Springer. Available at: https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_226-1
  • Bava, S (2016). Making of a Spiritual/Religious Hyperlinked Identity. In Duane R. Bidwell (ed.), Spirituality, Social Construction and Relational Processes. Chagrin Falls, Ohio: Taos Institute Publications.
  • Co-author, (2015). Exploring how Context Matters in Addressing the Impact of Armed Conflict. In B. Hamber & E. Gallagher (Eds.) Psychosocial Perspectives on Peacebuilding. NY: Springer.
  • Bava, S. (2014). Performative Practices, Performative Relationships—in and as Emergent Research. In Gail Simon and Alex Chard (eds.). Systemic Inquiry: Innovation in Reflexive Practice Research. UK: Everything is Connected Press.
  • Bava, S, Chaveste, R., McDonough, M., & Molina, P. (2013). Is Collaborative Practice Politically and Socially Sensitive? International Journal of Collaborative Practices. Available at: http://collaborative-practices.com/archived/volume-3-archives/faq/
  • Bava, S. & Saul, J. (2012). Implementing Collective Approaches in Mass Trauma and Loss in Western Contexts. In M. Gow, and M. J. Celinski. (eds.). Mass Trauma: Impact and Recovery Issues. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Bava, S. & Levin, S. (2012). Collaborative Therapy: Performing Reflective and Dialogic Relationships. In A. Lock and T. Strong (eds.). Discursive Perspectives in Therapeutic Practice. Oxford University Press.
  • Bava, S., Coffey, E., Weingarten, K., & Becker, C. (2010). Lessons in Collaboration, Four Years Post-Katrina. Family Process, 49(4), 543-558.
  • Bava, S. & Levin, S. (2007). Collaborative disaster response: Setting-up mental health services in a Mega-shelter. AFTA Monograph Series: Systemic Responses to Disaster: Stories of the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Bava, S. (2005). Community resiliency: Behavioral health and wellness process. The Nexus, 1 (8): 1-2.
  • Bava, S. (2005). Performance Methodology: Constructing Discourses and Discursive Practices in Family Therapy Research. In D. Sprenkle & F. Piercy (Eds.), Research Methods in Family Therapy (2nd). Guilford Press.
  • Bava, S. (Ed.). (2003). The Show Must Go On: Families Growing Through Divorce. Training Guide for Facilitators. (Available from Houston Galveston Institute, 3316 Vernon, Houston, TX 77006).
  • Bava, S. (2001). Transforming Performances: An Intern-researcher’s Hypertextual Journey in a Postmodern Community. (http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-01062002-234843/). Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg,
  • Bava, S., Burchard, C., Ichihashi, K., Irani, A., & Zunker, C. (2002). Conversing and Constructing Spirituality in a Postmodern Training Context. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 13 (3/4).
  • Bava, S., Levin, S., & Tinaz, D. (2002). A Polyvocal Response to Trauma in a Postmodern Learning Community. Journal of Systematic Therapies, 21(2): 104-113.
  • Bava, S., & Tramonte, L. (2006). After Katrina: Creating and enhancing resiliency. Lakeline (MS Psychology Our Lady of the Lake University Houston Newsletter), Spring.
  • Gehart, D.,Tarragona, M., & Bava, S. (2007). A Collaborative Approach to Research and Inquiry. In H. Anderson & D. Gehart (Eds.), Collaborative therapy: Conversations and relationships that make a difference. Brunner-Routledge.
  • Levin, S., & Bava, S. (2003). Not Your Usual Conversation About Ethics. CA: Masterwork.
  • Saul, J. & Bava, S. (2009) Implementing Collective Approaches to Massive Trauma/Loss in Western Contexts: Implications for Recovery, Peacebuilding and Development. Sponsored by INCORE. Available at http://www.incore.ulst.ac.uk/pdfs/IDRCsaul.pdf