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About the Video:
In Play Therapy With a 6-Year-Old, Dr. Jane Annunziata demonstrates her approach to working with children. Play therapy is premised on the assumption that a child's problems come from unconscious conflicts and developmental deficits, both of which will be revealed in their play.
In this session, Dr. Annunziata works with a young boy named Matthew who has been sad and withdrawn. Through the process of play therapy, Matthew expresses more of his emotions, and the therapeutic alliance becomes stronger.
This video features a client portrayed by an actor on the basis of actual case material.
Running time: over 100 minutes; closed-captioned.
About the Approach:
Psychoanalytic play therapy is based on an assumption that children's problems stem from unconscious conflicts and developmental deficits that will reveal themselves in their play. Through their play, their verbalizations, and their relationship to the therapist, children can be helped to understand what is troubling them. A child's behavior (problematic or not) is taken to be an attempt at meaningful communication of underlying thoughts and feelings, and, through therapeutic understanding of the child's communications, resolution of problem behaviors can occur.
About the Therapist:
Jane Annunziata received her PsyD in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. For 5 years she was a member of the Children's Intensive Treatment Team at Woodburn Center for Community Mental Health in Annandale, Virginia. Dr. Annunziata has maintained a private practice specializing in child and family work in McLean, Virginia, for the last 10 years.
She coauthored A Child's First Book About Play Therapy, Solving Your Problems Together: Family Therapy for the Whole Family, Why Am I an Only Child?, and Help Is on the Way.
She has taught at the University of Bergen in Norway and at Mary Washington College and George Mason University in Virginia.