2nd Edition

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

By Jessica Stone Copyright 2022
    268 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    268 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The newly updated Digital Play Therapy focuses on the responsible integration of technology into play therapy during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

    With 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. All chapters have been updated, and new chapters discuss strategies for using teletherapy effectively during and beyond the pandemic.

    This revised edition provides a solid grounding both for clinicians who are brand new to the incorporation of digital tools as well as for those who have already begun to witness digital play therapy’s power.


    1. Introduction: To Begin 2. What is Digital Play Therapy? 3. The 5 Cs of a Digital Play Therapist: Competency, Culture, Comfort, Congruence, and Capability 4. Speaking the Client’s Language, Prescriptive Play Therapy, and the Therapeutic Powers of Play 5. Modalities 6. Telemental Health Play Therapy 7. Understanding Research 8. Technopanic 9. Hardware 10. Software 11. Video Game Genres 12. Digital Citizenship and the Importance of Co-Play 13. Digital Play Therapy Interventions 2 14. Jen, Jack, and Tyler: Detailed Case Examples- General Digital Play Therapy 15. Michael, Michelle, and Jadon: Detailed Case Examples – Telemental Health Digital Play Therapy 16. Conclusion


    Jessica Stone, PhD, RPT-S, is a licensed clinical psychologist, CEO of Virtual Sandtray®©, LLC, author, innovator, and speaker specializing in the therapeutic use of digital tools in therapy.

    "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

    "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. No matter what your theoretical orientation is, it's essential to meet clients where they are by speaking their language and having ‘toys’ that interest them in your play room that capture their imaginations. Digital Play Therapy provides a plethora of practical tools for stepping into the here and now with play therapy clients. As an added bonus, because of today's therapeutic considerations, Dr. Stone has interwoven invaluable telemental health suggestions throughout the chapters."Terry Kottman, PhD, RPT-S, LMHC, founder and director of the League of Extraordinary Adlerian Play Therapists, USA

    "This is an honest and clear presentation of technology’s implications for play therapy. Dr. Stone’s innovative book shows the reader the varying way technology can be incorporated in the playroom, including new case examples using popular games such as Roblox and Animal Crossing. The new edition also explores the process of providing telemental health therapy. The completeness in addressing every aspect of what digital play therapy encompasses and proposes is impressive! If you have ever thought about how to use technology therapeutically in any capacity or how technology-based play can be successful in play sessions, this is your guide." — Robert Jason Grant, EdD, LPC, RPT-S, ACAS, author, speaker, and creator of AutPlay® Therapy, USA