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Counseling Families: Play-Based Treatment
Eric J. Green, Jennifer Baggerly, and Amie C. Myrick (Eds) | Foreword by Louise F. Guerney
Rowman & Littlefield / Softcover / 2015-10-01 / 1442244151
Play, Play Therapy / Couple & Family Studies
price: $55.00 (may be subject to change)
228 pages
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Counseling Families: Play-Based Treatment offers an engaging and practical integration of expressive arts and play therapy within family counseling. Building upon the most current research in family counseling, this volume presents new and humanistic approaches of family play therapy, including family-based cognitive behavioral therapy, family theraplay, and filial therapy. Application of these methods is explored with children and families affected by autism, divorce, and trauma. Essential coverage of the ethics of family play therapy as well as the therapist’s own self-care is also included in this comprehensive and valuable resource. Counseling Families: Play-Based Treatment provides clinicians and family counselors with an integrative and effective model of family counseling that will help children and families understand and develop their mental health needs.


The Editors have created a helpful publication of theory and research driven play-based interventions for family counselors. The potential benefits for each therapeutic approach is discussed. Also provided, are the detailed case examples with treatment planning and a discussion on mindfulness and the prevention of clinical burnout. This publication has much to offer play therapists, family counselors, and clinical supervisors with supervisees working with family dynamics.
— Association for Play Therapy Newsletter

Green, Myrick and Baggerly have edited the most comprehensive book on the integration of family counseling and play therapy to appear to date. This is an area of major importance to all play therapists who need to understand their own family of origin and to incorporate the family system when working with children. Highly recommended.
— John Allan, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, Canada

What is not to like? Esteemed editors, brilliant and creative contributors, and a clear need that this book meets well combine to make this a winner! Written as a guide to Masters Level Practitioners to integrate family and play approaches in counseling, it will be highly useful in graduate counseling courses as well to practitioners.
— David A. Crenshaw, PhD, clinical director of the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, coeditor with Anne Stewart of Play Therapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice, and coeditor with Cathy Malchiodi of Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems

As the cover illustrates, Green, Baggerly and Myrick have created a heartfelt volume to inform and guide students and practitioners through family counseling’s current landscape. The sections of the book provide an excellent framework for surveying contemporary approaches to play in family counseling, examine meaningful play-based family assessment strategies, and explore clinical issues families are navigating, such as autism, blended families and sexual abuse. The authors discuss ethical considerations in supervision, including the vital issue of recognizing limits to the scope of practice in conducting play-based family counseling. They cover important models of supervision and emphasize flexibility and creativity in the supervisory process. Lastly, the authors devote time to promoting the importance of reflection and self-care for practitioners, applying archetypes to investigate and chronicle our professional development. The inclusive scope of Counseling Families makes it an excellent choice for beginning and seasoned practitioners to learn contemporary, integrative approaches to joining the power of play with family counseling.
— Anne Stewart, James Madison University


Chapter 1: Family Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Janine Shelby
Chapter 2: Family Theraplay
Evangeline Munns and Catherine Munns
Chapter 3: Incorporating Parents into Young Children’s Psychotherapy: Filial Therapy
Glade Topham and Risë Van Fleet
Chapter 4: Psyche and System: Jungian Family Play Counseling
Mary Anne Paré
Chapter 5: Adlerian Family Play Therapy
Kristin Meany Whalen and Terry Kottman
Chapter 6: Play-Based Psychometric Assessment and Treatment Planning with Families
Christine Koehler, Brittany Wilson, and Jennifer Baggerly
Chapter 7: Family Play Therapy with Children Affected by Autism
Robert Jason Grant
Chapter 8: Play Therapy with Children in Divorced or Blended Families
Jennifer Baggerly and Eric Green
Chapter 9: Integrative Family Play Counseling with Children Affected by Trauma
Sueann Kenny-Nozisca
Chapter 10: Supervision of Play Therapists Conducting Family Therapy
Linda Homeyer and Marshall Lyles
Chapter 11: Tempered in the Fire: Self-Care and Mindfulness in Preventing Clinical Burnout
Rosalind Heiko


Amie C. Myrick, Robert Jason Grant, Eric Green, Louise Guerney, Rosalind Heiko, Linda E. Homeyer, Sueann Kenny-Nozisca, Christine Koehler, Terry Kottman, Marshall Lyles, Kristin K. Meany-Walen, Catherine Munns, Evangeline Munns, Mary Anne Paré, Glade Topham, Janine Shelby, Risë VanFleet, Ph.D., RPT-S, Brittany Wilson

About the Editors:

Eric J. Green, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S, is associate professor of school counseling in the College of Education at Purdue University.

Jennifer N. Baggerly is professor of counseling at the University of North Texas-Dallas.

Amie C. Myrick, LCPC, is a licensed clinical professional counselor.

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