This book is unique in exploring the process of conducting short-term intensive group play therapy and the subsequent results. It focuses on play therapy with special populations of aggressive acting-out children, autistic children, chronically ill children, traumatized children, selective mute children, disassociative identity disorder adults with child alters, and the elderly.
The book addresses such vital issues as:
* How play therapy helps children
* Confidentiality in working with children
* How to work with parents
* What the play therapist needs to know about medications for children
The difficult dimension of diagnosis is clarified through specific descriptions of how the play therapist can use play behaviors to diagnose physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional maladjustment in children.
Table of Contents
Part I: Special Considerations for the Role of the Play Therapist. Landreth, Facilitative Dimensions of Play in the Therapy Process. Harris, Landreth, Essential Personality Characteristics of Effective Play Therapists. Glover, Cultural Considerations in Play Therapy. Kao, Landreth, Play Therapy with Chinese Children: Needed Modifications. Sweeney, Tatum, What the Play Therapist Needs to Know about Medications. Sweeney, Legal and Ethical Issues in Play Therapy. Crane, The Parent's Part in the Play Therapy Process. Part II: Clinical Innovations in Play as a Diagnostic Tool. White, Draper, Jones, Play Therapy Behaviors of Physically Abused Children. Ater, Play Therapy Behaviors of Sexually Abused Children. Homeyer, Identifying Sexually Abused Children in Play Therapy. Perry, Landreth, Diagnostic Assessment of Children's Play Therapy Behavior. Part III: Innovative Procedures in Play Therapy. Landreth, Sweeney, Child-Centered Group Play Therapy. Tyndall-Lind, Landreth, Intensive Short-Term Group Play Therapy. Johnson, Short-Term Play Therapy. Part IV: Play Therapy with Special Populations. Johnson, Clark, Play Therapy with Aggressive Acting-Out Children. Mittledorf, Hendricks, Landreth, Play Therapy with Autistic Children. Jones, Play Therapy for Children with Chronic Illness. Webb, Play Therapy with Traumatized Children: A Crisis Response. Post, Play Therapy with Selective Mute Children. Klein, Landreth, Play Therapy with Dissociative Identity Disorder Clients with Child Alters. Haynes, Play Therapy with the Elderly. Niel, Landreth, Have Toys-Will Travel: A Traveling Play Therapist in the School Setting.
"Throughout the book, case examples with dialogue are given to bring the innovations to life. Supporting research and recommendations based on the author's practical experience give the book added credibility. Although this book is best suited for individuals witha solid understanding of play therapy theory and procedures, I would highly recomment it for both play therapist in training and the experience play therapist. Readers will be refreshed and equipped withplay therapy innovations for the 21st century." -- Jennifer Baggerly, PH.D., LMHC
"This timely book fills in the holes in so much of our basic play therapy training; those topics which cannot be addressed due to time limits, but which are so essential to effective play therapy practice."
—Emily Oe, author of Kaleidoscope of Play Therapy Stories