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Play Therapy and Expressive Arts in a Complex and Dynamic World: Opportunities and Challenges Inside and Outside the Playroom
Edited by Isabella Cassina, Claudio Mochi, and Karen Stagnitti
Routledge / Hardcover / Aug 2022
9781032169378 (ISBN-10: 1032169370)
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192 pages
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This book offers cutting-edge expertise and knowledge in new and developing play therapy, therapeutic play and expressive arts for families and children in crisis and challenging situations.

The book focuses on the use of play therapies in complex and dynamics situations such as pandemics, post-disaster conditions, crisis, migration, poverty and deprivation. Evidence in the book is rooted in theory and contains examples of direct clinical experiences of play therapy approaches by the authors from across six continents, offering innovative methods to apply expressive arts modalities across different situations. It highlights the need to understand the context and needs of the children and families in their particular situations and provides examples of application of therapeutic principles and techniques in individual and group settings and within schools and communities.

With reflections and guidance on how to support children in reaching their potential in a variety of difficult contexts, the book will be key reading for scholars and researchers in the fields of play therapy, expressive arts therapies and creative psychotherapy, as well as professionals in these areas.


1. “Play Therapy and Expressive Arts in a Complex and Dynamic World: Opportunities and Challenges Inside and Outside the Playroom” co-edited by Isabella Cassina, Claudio Mochi and Karen Stagnitti is an innovative and much needed book. It takes us into the realm of today’s complex world addressing crisis situations, Covid, tele-health and the need for being in nature. Readers are treated to the expertise of internationally renowned authors who offer in-depth practical and useful guidance for working with children and adults. This is a much-needed addition to the professional library of beginner and experienced clinicians alike.

Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S
Licensed Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor
Founder and President Emeritus of the New York Association for Play Therapy
Past Director of the Association for Play Therapy
Ocala, Florida, US

2. This exciting book by a distinguished group of contributors takes play therapy outside of its comfort zone to telehealth, crisis-disaster areas, high-risk countries, refugees and asylum seekers, while enlisting the healing power of nature. This excellent book is urgently needed!

David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S, author, Clinical Psychologist

Table of Contents


Isabella Cassina

Chapter 1

Applying the therapeutic power of play and expressive arts in contemporary crisis work: A process-oriented approach

Isabella Cassina and Claudio Mochi

Chapter 2

Integrating creative arts modalities in the playroom and outside: Live and remote interventions

Steve Harvey

Chapter 3

Recovering lost play time: Principles and intervention modalities to address psychosocial wellbeing of asylum seeker and refugee children

Isabella Cassina

Chapter 4

Tele-Play Therapy: Principles of remote interventions using the Therapeutic Powers of Play

Kate L. Renshaw and Judi A. Parson

Chapter 5

Learn to Play Therapy in high risk countries: The example of Nigeria

Claudio Mochi and Karen Stagnitti

Chapter 6

Nature-based Play Therapy interventions in the digital age

Maggie Fearn

Chapter 7

Play and expressive arts to enhance professional development and personal growth in challenging contexts

Claudio Mochi, Steve Harvey and Isabella Cassina

List of contributors

About the Editors:

Isabella Cassina is a Social Worker specialised in International Cooperation (IHEID Geneva) and Migration; Registered Therapeutic Play Specialist (APT Italy). She is international speaker, Head of Project Management and trainer at the International Academy for Play Therapy (INA) in Switzerland.

Claudio Mochi is Clinical Psychologist and Child and Adolescents Psychotherapist is a registered Play Therapist Supervisor.

Karen Stagnitti is Emeritus Professor at Deakin University, Australia, and an Occupational therapist and Play Therapist.

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