1st Edition

Play Therapy Today Contemporary Practice with Individuals, Groups and Carers

Edited By Eileen Prendiville, Justine Howard Copyright 2014
    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    Play Therapy Today brings together the work of renowned practitioners and academics currently working and researching in therapeutic play and play therapy, and presents a range of ground-breaking methods for practising with groups, individuals, and parents and carers.

    Providing an overview of new or revitalised topics in play therapy, each chapter presents the relevant theoretical underpinnings and principles of practice, a guide to implementing the method and case study vignettes of the approach in practice. The three sections include chapters on:

    • the Therapeutic Touchstone model and the development of the therapeutic relationship, an overview of the use of individual play therapy techniques with children in a hospital setting, and an overview of Yasenik and Gardner’s Play Therapy Dimensions Model with an in-depth exploration of the dimension of consciousness from both a theoretical and practical, play-based orientation.
    • Jennings’ Embodiment-Project-Role model and its implementation in group work, the practical use of puppets in educational and therapeutic settings, the therapeutic value of working with groups in the outdoors, and the use of play in groups for children with a variety of sensory, intellectual and physical disabilities.
    • Stagnitti’s adaptation of the ‘Learn to Play’ programme for parent/carer use, Group Theraplay with peer groups and parent/child dyads and how a neurosequential approach supports case conceptualization and play therapy practice with families.

    The book provides practitioners with up-to-date, effective and practical techniques that they can put into immediate use in their clinical work with children and their families. It is an important resource for trainee, newly qualified and seasoned play therapists, play therapy supervisors and trainers. It will also be of interest to social workers, teachers, psychologists, child psychotherapists and other health professionals.

    Foreword  Dr Athena Drewes  Introduction  Justine Howard  Section 1: Using Play Therapeutically with Individual Clients  1. The Therapeutic Touchstone  Eileen Prendiville  2. The Consciousness Dimension in Play Therapy: Sharpening the Play Therapist’s Focus and Skills  Lorri Yasenik and Ken Gardner  3. Using Play Therapeutically with Children in a Hospital Setting  Lisa Morgan and Justine Howard  4. Therapeutic Play as an Intervention for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence  Trish Gettins  Section 2: Using Play Therapeutically with Groups  5. Applying an Embodiment-Projection-Role Framework in Groupwork with Children  Sue Jennings  6. The Use of Puppets in Therapeutic and Educational Settings  Siobhán Prendiville  7. Working Therapeutically with Groups in the Outdoors: A Natural Space for Healing  Maggie Fearn  8. Group Play Therapy for Children with Multiple Disabilities  Eimir Mcgrath  Section 3: Using Play Therapeutically with Parents and Carers  9. The Parent Learn To Play Program: Building Relationships Through Play  Karen Stagnitti  10. Group Theraplay®  Evangeline Munns  11. How Neuroscience Can Inform Play Therapy Practice with Parents and Carers  Theresa Fraser


    Eileen Prendiville is a Course Director at the Children’s Therapy Centre in Co Westmeath, Ireland. Eileen has worked with children for over thirty-five years and now specialises in the field of play therapy training. She was a founder member of the Children at Risk in Ireland Foundation and was their National Clinical Director until 2004. She is the current Chairperson of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy.

    Justine Howard is an Associate Professor and Postgraduate Programme Manager at the Centre for Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing at Swansea University, UK. She is a Chartered Psychologist and specialist in Developmental and Therapeutic Play.

    ‘A comprehensive presentation of current practices in the field of Play Therapy. Highly recommended!’ – Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D., RPT-S, Cofounder & Director Emeritus, the Association for Play Therapy.

    ‘What a wonderful new addition to our field! Each chapter is authored by an experienced clinician and expert in the topic and it clearly shows. It is refreshing to read clearly articulated approaches with case examples. The result is the ability to easily put the information into action. In fact, I used two of the techniques right away with current clients. Another chapter assisted me in viewing a client in a new way, assisting to facilitate more effective treatment. What a delight. I believe this book will be found valuable by both the new and seasoned play therapist.’ – Linda E. Homeyer, PhD, RPTS, Professor, Texas State University, USA.