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Multicultural Play Therapy
Making the Most of Cultural Opportunities with Children

ISBN 9781032038537
Published May 6, 2022 by Routledge
348 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Multicultural Play Therapy fills a wide gap in the play therapy literature. Each chapter helps expand play therapists’ cultural awareness, humility, and competence so they can work more effectively with children of diverse cultures, races, and belief systems.

The unique perspectives presented here provide play therapists and advanced students with concrete information on how to broach issues of culture in play therapy sessions, parent consultations, and in the play therapy field at large. The book includes chapters on multiple populations and addresses the myriad cultural background issues that emerge in play therapy, and the contributors include authors from multiple races, ethnicities, cultural worldviews, and orientations.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Multicultural Orientation in Play Therapy

1. Cultural Humility and the Play Therapist

Dee C. Ray, Yumiko Ogawa, Yi-Ju Cheng

2. Cultural Opportunities and Comfort in Play Therapy

Yumiko Ogawa, Yi-Ju Cheng, Dee C. Ray

3. Integrating Social Justice Advocacy in Play Therapy

Peggy Ceballos, Tamara Iliff

Part II: Cultural Opportunities in Play Therapy Across Populations

4. Cultural Opportunities with LGBTQIA Populations

Kimberly Jayne, Cody T. L. Wehmeier

5. Cultural Opportunities with Religious Populations

Hayley L. Stulmaker, Katherine E. Purswell

6. Cultural Opportunities with Children with Disabilities

Karrie L. Swan, April A. Schottelkorb

7. Cultural Opportunities with Indigenous Populations

Geri Glover

8. Cultural Opportunities with African American Populations

LaKaavia Taylor, Krystal Turner

9.Cultural Opportunities with Latinx Populations

Mónica Rodríguez Delgado, Elizabeth Aguilar

10. Cultural Opportunities with Asian Populations

Yi-Ju Cheng, Regine Chung, Yumiko Ogawa

11. Cultural Opportunities with Middle Eastern Populations

Ahou Vaziri Line

12. Becoming a Culturally-Inclusive White Play Therapist

Kristie Opiola, Alyssa Swan

13. Play Therapy with Children in Poverty

Sarah Tucker

Part III: Special Topics in Multicultural Play Therapy

14. Culturally Inclusive Play Therapy Supervision

Natalya A. Lindo

15. The Multicultural Playroom

Dee C. Ray, Regine K. Chung, Krystal K. Turner, Elizabeth V. Aguilar

16.Research Across Diverse Races/Ethnicities in Play Therapy

Yung-Wei Dennis Lin, Terence Yee

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Dee C. Ray, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S, certified CCPT-T/S, and CPRT-T/S is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Elaine Millikan Mathes Professor in Early Childhood Education in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at the University of North Texas, where she is also the director of the Center for Play Therapy.

Yumiko Ogawa PhD, LPC, ACS, RPT-S, BC-TMH, certified CCPT-S, and CPRT-S, is Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at New Jersey City University. She provides play therapy trainings in the U.S. and throughout Asia and is one of the founders of the Play Therapy in Asia Summit.

Yi-Ju Cheng, PhD, LPC, NCC, RPT, certified CCPT-S, and CPRT-S, is an assistant professor at Rider University. Her clinical and research interests center on play therapy and diversity in counseling. She is a trainer for the international certification program for Child-Centered Play Therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy.


"Multicultural Play Therapy is the first book in the field of play therapy and child therapy to address multiculturalism from a child-centered philosophy. The deeply personal openness of these courageous authors is remarkable and draws the reader into self-examination of unexplored cultural issues. This process is unique. Teaching points come alive in the liberal use of case examples taken from the authors’ play therapy and supervision sessions."

Garry Landreth, EdD, Regents’ professor emeritus in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at the University of North Texas

"This much-needed work emphasizes a thoughtful, culturally empathic approach to being with children in play therapy. There are no easy answers when working with children and families from a place of cultural humility, and Multicultural Play Therapy embraces that reality. Clinicians will feel seen and understood in reading this book, and in doing so will more effectively be with the children and families they serve."

Kim Vander Dussen, PsyD, RPT-S, professor of clinical psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Anaheim campus

"Multicultural Play Therapy is a valuable resource that helps play therapists effectively integrate cultural considerations into their clinical work. The book is full of the latest research, helpful clinical examples, and the authors’ compassionate voices. If you work with kids, you need this book!"

Joshua N. Hook, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of North Texas