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4th Edition

Play Therapy
The Art of the Relationship

  • Available for pre-order on June 20, 2023. Item will ship after July 11, 2023
ISBN 9781032186955
July 11, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
400 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is the latest edition of Garry Landreth’s comprehensive text on creating therapeutic relationships with children through play.

This book details Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), an evidence-based model, which stresses the importance of understanding the child’s world. Professors who have taught a course based on the previous editions will be pleased to find the core message intact but updated with a comprehensive review of rigorous contemporary research demonstrating the strong evidence base for CCPT across cultural groups and presenting issues. Expanded to cover additional topics of interest, this new edition includes a model of the change process in CCPT and 13 new Rules of Thumb that help clarify the CCPT relationship, and discusses deeper issues in CCPT such as recognizing emotional blocks in play therapy, being culturally responsive, discovering meaning when there seems to be no meaning, and more.

This new edition offers essential help to play therapists who respond to sensitive issues at every stage of the therapeutic process.

Table of Contents

1. About Me, Garry Landreth  2. The Meaning of Play  3. History and Development of Play Therapy  4. A View of Children  5. Child-Centered Play Therapy  6. Being Culturally Responsive  7. The Play Therapist   8. Supervision and Play Therapy Training  9. Parent as Partners in Play Therapy  10. The Playroom and Materials  11. Beginning the Relationship: The Child’s Time  12. Characteristics of Facilitative Responses  13. Discovering Meaning When There Seems to be No Meaning  14. Therapeutic Limit Setting  15. Typical Problems in Play Therapy and What to Do If...  16. Issues in Play Therapy  17. Determining Therapeutic Process and Termination  18. Intensive and Short-Term Child-Centered Play Therapy  19. Research Evidence for CCPT

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Garry L. Landreth, EdD, LPC, RPT-S, is Regents Professor Emeritus, Department of Counseling and Higher Education, and Founder and Director Emeritus, Center for Play Therapy, University of North Texas.


"Substantially updated to include a wealth of new information, Garry draws on his vast experience and wisdom to expand on the healing power of the child-centered play therapy relationship. Fresh ideas and insights poignantly illustrated through personal stories and case examples both enlighten and touch the reader’s heart. A must-read for all play therapists to expand their depth of practice, and for anyone committed to a deeper understanding of children and what they need in order to heal and reach their full potential."

Sue C. Bratton, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, Professor Emerita and Director Emerita, Center for Play Therapy, University of North Texas.

"A subsequent edition that is a masterpiece! Previous editions of Play Therapy have been such classics that it is difficult to imagine an improvement would be possible. However, this 4th edition accomplishes it. There are so many impressive additions. This book is both familiar and new – something only Dr. Landreth could do. This is a foundational book in my classes and should be required for anyone looking to understand and practice play therapy."

Daniel S. Sweeney, PhD, LMFT, LPC, RPT-S, Professor, Clinical Director, and Director of the NW Center for Play Therapy Studies, George Fox University.

"Dr. Landreth has done it again! He has gifted the child therapy community with an insightful, meaningful, and practical framework for Child-Centered Play Therapy. Building on his last three editions, Dr. Landreth offers new perspectives and reflections on processes within play therapy. This new edition brings the dynamics of play therapy alive through multiple cases and session transcripts that illustrate Dr. Landreth’s teaching points. Every page led me to reflect upon the significance of play therapy in children’s lives."

Dee C. Ray, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC, Regents Professor, Co-Director of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas.