In the past twenty-five years, the practice of play therapy has increased exponentially in America and throughout the world. This handbook brings together an international group of scholars and therapists to address a wide variety of topics relevant to the rapidly expanding field of play therapy. The primary goal of the handbook is to provide play therapists with practical information they can put into immediate use in their clinical work with children and adolescents. Thus the focus is on advances in assessment, theory, research, and practice that have universal appeal, rather than on adaptations of play therapy to specific cultures. Play therapists and students from diverse cultures, professional disciplines, and theoretical orientations will find this book to be a comprehensive resource for keeping abreast of innovations in the field.
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"...the very good chapters are remarkable, and most play therapists are likely to find something new and useful in this book's assortment."—PsycCRITIQUES—Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books
"While play therapy has become increasingly popular, therapists often are not aware of what their peers in other countries are doing. To reduce professional isolation and provide a resource on innovations in the field, Schaefer presents 15 chapters on play therapy models, assessment, research, applications, and activities."—Book News
* Family Play Therapy
* Narrative Play Therapy: A Collaborative Approach
* Theraplay for Children with Self-Regulation Problems
* Embodiment-Projection-Role: A Developmental Model for the Play Therapy Method
* Barriers, Bridges, Breakthroughs: Play-Work with Autistic Spectrum Children
* The Use of Play and Narrative Story Stems in Assessing the Mental Health Needs of Foster Children
* Transcending into Fantastic Reality: Story Making with Adolescents in Crisis
* Assessment of Sibling Relationships Using Play, Art, and Stories
* The Erica Method of Sand Tray Assessment
* Children Talk About Play Therapy
* Building an Empirical Foundation for the Use of Pretend Play in Therapy
* "Little Monsters"? Play Therapy for Children with Sexually Problematic Behaviors
* Creative Interventions to Engage Resistant Children in Therapy
* Play Therapy for the Disruptive Behavior Disorders
* The National Story and the Child's Drama in Play Therapy in Isreal
List of Contributors
Schlomo Ariel, Ann Cattanach, Susan Bundy-Myrow, Sue Jennings, Shoshana Levin, Sheila Hudd, Mooli Lahad, Kate Kirk, Jytte Mielcke, Jo Carroll, Sandra Russ, David LeVay, Liana Lowenstein, David Hudak, Galila Oren
About the Editors
Charles E. Schaefer, a nationally renowned child psychologist, is professor emeritus of psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. He is co-founder and director emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy and has written or edited more than forty books on parenting, child psychology, and play therapy, including The Therapeutic Use of Child's Play, Family Play Therapy, andShort-Term Play Therapy for Children. Dr. Schaefer maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Akiko J. Ohnogi, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Tokyo, Japan. She lectures on the topics of play therapy, child psychotherapy, parenting, multiculturalism, and child development at hospitals, residential treatment centers, universities, and schools throughout Japan. She is a school counselor at the Nishimachi International School in Tokyo, Japan.
Judy McCormick, ME.d., is a registered play therapist-supervisor who is currently working as a play therapist for the Mid-Western Health Board in Limerick, Ireland. She is involved in the supervision and training of play therapists and others interested in play therapy. She is the former secretary of Play Therapy Ireland. Presently, she is involved in research using play therapy in an early intervention program and using Filial Therapy with an Irish population.