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Linking Parents to Play Therapy

A Practical Guide with Applications, Interventions, and Case Studies, 1st Edition

By Deborah Killough-McGuire, Donald E. McGuire


256 pages

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Linking Parents to Play Therapy is a practical guide containing essential information for play therapists. It includes coverage of legal and medical issues, pragmatic assignments for parents, guidelines for working with angry and resistant parents, a listing of state protective and advocacy agencies, and tips for working with managed care. Combining theoretical understanding with a variety of techniques, this book makes working with parents possible, practical, and productive.


"The absence of detailed information about how to work with parents has been a missing link in play therapy literature. This book fills in the gap and will make the play therapist's professional life with parents less stressful, more efficient, and more effective, the result of a sensitive, caring, and insightful parent-therapist relationship." -- Garry Landreth, Director, Center for Play Therapy, University of North Texas, Denton

"The book starts with initial contact with parents, discusses developmental issues and then identifies legal and ethical issues of therapy. Medical issues in therapy are explored, followed by parent profiles, working with angry parents, meetings between parents and therapists, and a good discussion of special issues." -- The Rev. Dr. Richard B. Gilbert, Resources Hotline

Table of Contents

Landreth, Foreword. Initial Contact with Parents. Developmental Issues. Legal and Ethical Issues of Therapy. Medical Issues of Therapy. Parent Profiles. Working with Angry, Resistant Parents. Parent and Therapist Meetings. General Homework Assignments for Parents. Special Issues. Incorporating Brief Therapy and Managed Care. Appendix A: Professional Disclosure Form. Appendix B: Play Therapy Parent Intake Session. Appendix C: Child Client Intake Form. Appendix D: Managed Care Format: Table 1. Appendix E: Protection and Advocacy Agencies. Appendix F: Parenting Manual. References.

About the Authors

Deborah Killough McGuire, M.Ed., is a licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, and registered play therapist-supervisor in private practice in Dallas, Texas.

Donald E. McGuire, Ph.D., is a licensed professional counselor also in private practice in Dallas, Texas.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General