This book is an introduction to gestalt play therapy a technique which combines the principles of gestalt theory with play techniques, so that children are able to use play to address their needs and problems.
Research has shown that this approach can be applied successfully in children with different types of emotional problems in order to improve their self-support and self-esteem.
The Handbook of Gestalt Play Therapy provides the reader with an explanation of gestalt theory, a practical explanation of the gestalt play therapy model and also a wide range of play techniques that can be applied during each phase of the therapy process. It also features case studies throughout which illustrate how the techniques work in practice. --- from the publisher
Foreword by Hannie Schoeman. Preface. Part One. Introduction to Gestalt Play Therapy. 1. Theoretical Perspective of Gestalt Play Therapy. Part Two. Gestalt Play Therapy in Practice. 2. Building a Therapeutic Relationship, Assessment and Treatment Planning. 3. Contact-making and Building Self-support in Children. 4. Emotional Expression. 5. Self-nurturing, Addressing the Inappropriate Process and Termination. Part Three. Gestalt Play Therapy with Grieving, Traumatized and HIV/AIDS Children. 6. Gestalt Play Therapy with Grieving and Traumatized Children. Sandra Ferreira and Marinél Read. 7. Gestalt Play Therapy with HIV/AIDS Children in Middle Childhood Years. Rinda Blom and Sayeeda Dhansay. Part Four. Appendices. Appendix 1: Summary of Aspects that Should be Addressed during Each Stage of the Gestalt Play Therapeutic Process. Appendix 2: Horizontal and Vertical Development of Geastalt Play Therapy. Appendix 3: Assessment and Treatment Planning of Children from a Gestalt Theoretical Perspective. Appendix 4: Checklist for Things that the Child Lost when the Divorce Happened. About the Author. Subject Index. Author Index.