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Cultural Issues in Play Therapy
Gil, Eliana, PhD, RPT-S, ATR and Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S (Eds)
Guilford Publications / Softcover / 2006-08-01 / 1593853807
Play, Play Therapy / Transcultural / Multicultural Issues
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Helping therapists hone their skills for working with diverse children and families, this unique volume looks at play therapy through a multicultural lens. Experienced practitioners examine how cultural factors may influence the ways children express themselves through play, the feelings they associate with different activities, and the responses of children and parents to particular interventions. Filled with evocative clinical material, chapters highlight specific issues to consider when working with African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian American children. The book also provides suggestions for setting up a therapeutic playroom that is engaging and welcoming to all. --- from the publisher

Critical Acclaim:

"An important and timely resource for all therapists who work with young children, regardless of disciplinary background or theoretical orientation."-Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, Department of Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University

"Packed with useful information....The book admirably succeeds in translating knowledge about different cultures into clear and sensitive practice principles."
-Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, BCD, RPT-S, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

"The highly knowledgeable authors encourage therapists to learn as much as possible about the populations they serve in order to provide effective help for those who may be struggling with acculturation, language skills, prejudice, and other issues....This is a landmark book for therapists and for students entering the field, and should be on hand at every play therapy training site."
-Lois Carey, LCSW, BCD, RPT-S, private practice, Upper Grandview, New York

"The book is well researched and includes interesting and rich case examples. In addition, practical information about culturally sensitive toys and where to get them will be a huge benefit to play therapists."-David A. Crenshaw, PhD, RPT-S, private practice, Rhinebeck, New York


I. Background and General Considerations
1. From Sensitivity to Competence in Working across Cultures, Eliana Gil
2. Play in Selected Cultures: Diversity and Universality, Athena A. Drewes
3. Suggestions and Research on Multicultural Play Therapy, Athena A. Drewes
4. The Impact of Culture on Art Therapy with Children, Cathy A. Malchiodi

II. Play Therapy with Major Cultural Groups
5. Play Therapy in the African American “Village,” Sonia Hinds
6. Therapeutic Play with Hispanic Clients,
Silvina Hopkins, Virginia Huici,
and Diana Bermudez
7. Musings on Working with Native American Children in Play Therapy, Geri Glover
8. Play Therapy with Asian Children,
Shu-Chen Kao
Appendix. Multicultural Play Therapy Resources, Athena A. Drewes


Diana Bermudez, MA, Department of Counseling/Human and Organizational Studies, George Washington University, Washington, DC

Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S, The Astor Home for Children, Poughkeepsie, NY

Eliana Gil, PhD, RPT-S, ATR, Multicultural Clinical Center and the Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy, Springfield, VA

Geri Glover, PhD, LPCC, NCC, RPT-S, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services, Alamo Navajo Health Clinic, Magdalena, NM

Sonia Hinds, RN, MSN-CS-P, Chesapeake Play Therapy Institute, Chesapeake Beach, MD

Silvina Hopkins, MA, LPC, Abused Children's Treatment Services, Inova Kellar Center, Fairfax, VA

Virginia Huici, MA, LPC, Abused Children's Treatment Services, Inova Kellar Center, Fairfax, VA

Shu-Chen Kao, PhD, Department of Guidance and Counseling, National Chunghua University of Education, Chunghua, Taiwan

Cathy A. Malchiodi, MA, ATR, LPCC, LPAT, National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

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