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Short-Term Play Therapy for Children, Third Edition
Kaduson, Heidi Gerard and Charles E. Schaefer (Eds)
The Guilford Press / Softcover / 2016-06-01 / 1462527841
Play, Play Therapy
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Illustrated with rich case examples, this widely used practitioner resource and text presents a range of play approaches that facilitate healing in a shorter time frame. Leading play therapists from diverse theoretical orientations show how to tailor brief interventions to each child's needs. Individual, family, and group treatment models are described and clinical guidelines are provided. Chapters demonstrate ways to rapidly build alliances with children, adolescents, and their caregivers; plan treatment for frequently encountered clinical problems; and get the most out of play materials and techniques.

New to This Edition

• Incorporates the latest research and clinical developments.
• Chapters on additional approaches: Theraplay, combined art and play therapy, Gestalt play therapy, animal-assisted play therapy, child-parent relationship therapy, Floortime, and more.
• Chapters on additional clinical problems: grief, sexual behavior problems, and autism spectrum disorder.


"This book has expanded the knowledge base on short-term play therapy. The third edition addresses additional topics of growing interest to clinicians, such as animal-assisted play therapy. This volume is stimulating reading for all professionals working with children, adolescents, and families, as well as students and faculty in child therapy."

-Louise F. Guerney, PhD, Department of Human Development and Family Studies (Emerita), Penn State University

"This book makes an indisputable case for considering short-term interventions with children and their families. It presents a range of different approaches and theoretical perspectives, including several that have been rather neglected in the play therapy literature. Chapters describe ways to work with a variety of populations who could benefit from play therapy. This would be an outstanding textbook for an advanced play therapy class."

-Terry Kottman, PhD, Director, The Encouragement Zone, Cedar Falls, Iowa

"I love this book and plan to use it in my class. The third edition is an essential contribution to the literature for play therapists in both clinical mental health and school settings. It includes a broad array of theoretical models to work with many childhood disorders. A 'must have' for play therapists and their students."

-Phyllis Post, PhD, Department of Counseling, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

"A comprehensive and dynamic resource for working with young people facing critical challenges in today's world. Short-term approaches are particularly salient for professionals in schools or agencies that prioritize time-limited interventions. Written from a place of experience and sensitivity to the nuances of doing play therapy, this book offers insightful, practical examples within a strong literature-based context. It is ideal for a stand-alone course in counseling young people, for an advanced skills course, or as a 'go-to' resource for professionals."

-Laurie A. Carlson, PhD, Counseling and Career Development Program, Colorado State University


I. Individual Play Therapy
1. Release Play Therapy for Children with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Heidi Gerard Kaduson
2. Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy for Children with Anxiety and Phobias, Meena Dasari & Susan M. Knell
3. Theraplay: The Use of Structured Play Therapy to Enhance Attachment in Children, Evangeline Munns
4. Short-Term Play Therapy for Children with Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Scott Riviere
5. Short-Term Trauma Resolution by Combining Art and Play Therapy for Children, Terry Pifalo & Sarah Hamil
6. Short-Term Gestalt Play Therapy for Grieving Children, Violet Oaklander
7. Solution-Focused Sandtray Therapy for Children, Elizabeth R. Taylor
8. Short-Term Animal-Assisted Play Therapy for Children, Risë VanFleet & Tracie Faa-Thompson
9. Short-Term Play Therapy for Children with Sexual Behavior Problems, Paris Goodyear-Brown & Amy Frew

II. Family Play Therapy
10. Child-Parent Relationship Therapy to Reduce Problem Behaviors in Children, Kimberly M. Jayne & Garry L. Landreth
11. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Oppositional/Defiant Behaviors, Susan G. Timmer, Anthony J. Urquiza, & Sharon Rea Zone
12. The DIR®/Floortime™ Model of Parent Training for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Esther B. Hess
13. Short-Term Play Therapy for Adoptive Families: Overcoming Trauma, Facilitating Adjustment, and Strengthening Attachment with Filial Therapy, Risë VanFleet

III. Group Play Therapy
14. Directive Group Play Therapy for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Norma Leben
15. Integrated Play Groups® for Children on the Autism Spectrum, Pamela Wolfberg

About the Editors:

Heidi Gerard Kaduson, PhD, RPT-S, specializes in evaluation and intervention services for children with a variety of behavioral, emotional, and learning problems. She is past president of the Association for Play Therapy and Director of the Play Therapy Training Institute, Inc., in Monroe Township, New Jersey. She has lectured internationally on play therapy, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and learning disabilities. Dr. Kaduson's coedited books with Charles E. Schaefer include 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, 101 More Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, and Contemporary Play Therapy. She maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S, is Professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is cofounder and director emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy, which recognized him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to his coedited volumes with Heidi Gerard Kaduson, Dr. Schaefer's more than 60 books include The Therapeutic Powers of Play,Foundations of Play Therapy, Play Therapy with Adolescents, and Separation Anxiety in Children and Adolescents. He maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy in Hackensack, New Jersey.

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