This is an easy-to-use reference to the most effective play therapy techniques and their substantiated results. Play therapy is not an approach based on guess, trial and error, or whims of the therapist at the moment. It is a well-thought-out, philosophically conceived, developmentally based, and research-supported method of helping children cope with and overcome the problems they experience in the process of living their lives. Concise digests of play therapy procedures explore the most difficult, as well as the most common problems encountered by play therapists. These digests cover play therapy approaches based on a variety of theoretical positions for dealing with a broad range of specific problems. Because they often do not have access to substantiated results, play therapists sometimes doubt themselves and the effectiveness of their work. This book, an invaluable resource, puts an end to such questioning.
"A gold mine of useful information."—Terry Kottman
"In this volume play therapy articles and dissertations published over the past fifty years are digested for ease of reference."—Charles E. Schaefer, From the first edition, 1996
* Abuse & Neglect
* Aggression and Acting-Out
* Attachment Difficulties
* Burn Victims
* Chronic Illness
* Deaf and Physically Challenged Children
* Dissociation and Schizophrenia
* Emotionally Disturbed Children
* Enuresis and Encopresis Problems
* Fear and Anxiety
* Learning-Disabled Children
* Mentally Challenged (Handicapped)
* Reading Difficulties
* Selective Mutism
* Self-Concept and Self-Esteem
* Social Adjustment Problems
* Speech Difficulties
* Withdrawn Children
About the Editors
Garry L. Landreth, Ed.D., is regents professor in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education and founder of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas.
Daniel S. Sweeney, Ph.D. is professor and director of the Northwest Center for Play Therapy Studies at George Fox University.
Linda E. Homeyer, Ph.D., is professor and program coordinator in the Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University-San Marcos.
Dee C. Ray, Ph.D., is associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education and director of the Child and Family Resource Clinic at the University of North Texas.
Geraldine J. Glover, Ph.D., is associate professor in the Department of Counseling at New Mexico Highlands University-Las Vegas.