1st Edition

Digital Play Therapy
A Clinician’s Guide to Comfort and Competence

ISBN 9780367001926
Published July 16, 2020 by Routledge
210 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

USD $39.95

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Book Description

Digital Play Therapy focuses on the responsible integration of technology into play therapy.

With a respect for the many different modalities and approaches under the play therapy umbrella, this book incorporates therapist fundamentals, play therapy tenets, and practical information for the responsible integration of digital tools into play therapy treatment. Written in a relatable manner, this book provides both the foundation and practical information for confident use of digital tools and brings play therapy, and therapy in general, forward into the 21st century.

Digital Play Therapy provides a solid grounding both for clinicians who are brand new to the incorporation of digital tools as well as to those who have already begun to witness the powerful therapeutic dynamic of digital play therapy.

Table of Contents

Foreword Heidi Kaduson Author's Note: Minecraft Matters Acknowledgements 1. Introduction: To Begin 2. What is Digital Play Therapy? 3. The 4 Cs of a Therapist: Competency, Culture, Comfort, and Capability 4. Speaking the Client’s Language, Prescriptive Play Therapy, and the Therapeutic Powers of Play 5. Modalities 6. Understanding Research 7. Technopanic  8. Hardware 9. Software 10. Video Games and  Genres 11. Digital Citizenship 12. Digital Play Therapy Interventions 13. Jen, Jack, and Tyler: Detailed Case Examples 14. Conclusion Index

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Jessica Stone, PhD, RPT-S, is a licensed clinical psychologist, registered play therapist-supervisor, author, innovator, and speaker specializing in the therapeutic use of digital tools in therapy.


"I LOVE this book! Jessica Stone combines the personal and professional to open a door for play therapists to consider the possibility of becoming digital play therapists. Whether you like it or not, technology is here to stay, and we need to keep up with our clients. It's essential to meet clients where they are by speaking their language and having ‘toys’ that interest them in your play room. Digital Play Therapy provides a plethora of practical tools for stepping into the here and now with play therapy clients."Terry Kottman, PhD, RPT-S, LMHC, founder and director of Encouragement Zone and founder and director of the League of Extraordinary Adlerian Play Therapists, USA

"Digital Play Therapy presents the most current and thorough exploration into the use of technology and the digital medium in play therapy. This innovative book shows the reader the variance of technology application in the playroom, addresses key questions and concerns, and highlights the most current research related to technology. The completeness in addressing every aspect of what digital play therapy encompasses and proposes is impressive! This book is not simply a guide or an explanation of a play approach; it showcases possibilities and allows the play therapist to find their individual place of comfort and purpose regarding technology in the playroom. Anyone interested in gaining an honest and clear presentation about technology and its implications for play therapy will want to read this book." Robert Jason Grant, EdD, LPC, RPT-S, ACAS, author, speaker, and creator of AutPlay® Therapy, USA

"Digital Play Therapy is a must read for clinicians who want to understand the use of digital technology in psychotherapy. It is a well thought through text with a focus on the therapeutic powers of play and play modalities!" — Charles Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S, professor emeritus of clinical psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA