1st Edition

Play Therapy Treatment Planning with Children and Families A Guide for Mental Health Professionals

Edited By Lynn Louise Wonders, Mary L. Affee Copyright 2024
    280 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Play Therapy Treatment Planning with Children and Families is a comprehensive guide that provides an integrative and prescriptive approach to creating customized treatment plans. It’s an excellent textbook for graduate programs in social work, counseling, and family therapy and an invaluable guide for practicing clinicians in all settings.

    After exploring and explaining the many modalities for treating children and adolescents, this book provides sample treatment plans using a variety of case vignettes. Chapters also take readers through a road map for case conceptualization, meeting with caregivers, problem identification, goal development, diagnosis determination, determination of interventions and termination, and much more.


    Athena A. Drewes

    Part One: Foundations of Treatment Planning  

    1. Purposeful and Effective Treatment Planning for Children and Families 

    Lynn Louise Wonders

    2. Understanding the Context of Human Development in Treatment Planning 

    Cary McAdams Hamilton

    3. Cultural Implications to Treatment Planning for Children and Families 

    Rebeca Chow

    4. Approaches for Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning  

    Lynn Louise Wonders

    Part Two: Treatment Planning from a Variety of Theoretical Orientations, Models, and Approaches 

    5. An Adlerian Play Therapy Approach to Treatment Planning 

    Susan Kerley and Erica Wassernaar

    6. Treatment Planning for Animal Assisted Play Therapy™ 

    Risë VanFleet

    7. An AutPlay® Approach to Therapy Planning 

    Robert Jason Grant

    8. A Child-Centered Play Therapy Approach to Treatment Planning 

    Rosie Newman

    9. Treatment Planning from a Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy Perspective 

    Sueann Kenney-Noziska

    10. A Digital Play Therapy™ Approach to Treatment Planning 

    Rachel A. Altvater

    11. Using a Family Systems Approach to Assessment and Treatment 

    Eliana Gil and Timothy Baima

    12. A Filial Therapy Approach to Treatment Planning 

    Risë VanFleet

    13. A Developmental Approach to Treatment Planning for Infants with FirstPlay® Therapy 

    Janet A. Courtney

    14. A Gestalt Approach to Treatment Planning 

    Felicia Carroll

    15. A Jungian Approach to Treatment Planning 

    Eric J. Green and Kim Powell Street

    16. Kalffian Sandplay in Assessment and Treatment Planning 

    Rosalind L. Heiko

    17. A Psychodynamic Approach to Treatment Planning 

    Geoff Goodman

    18. A Neurobiological Relational Approach to Therapy Planning 

    Rita Grayson

    19. A Synergetic Play Therapy® Approach to Treatment Planning 

    Lisa Dion and Judith Norman

    20. Treatment Planning in TraumaPlay™: Story Keeping for the Family System  

    Paris Goodyear-Brown

    Part Three: Special Populations and Considerations with Treatment Planning  

    21. Therapy Planning for Sexually Abused Children and Adolescents 

    Sueann Kenney-Noziska

    22. Therapy Planning with EMDR® and Play Therapy 

    Ann Beckley-Foreset and Rhonda Johnson

    23. Psychotherapy Treatment Planning with Children in Crisis 

    Claudio Mochi and Isabella Cassina

    24. A Neurodiversity Affirming Approach to Therapy Planning 

    Robert Jason Grant

    25. Treatment Planning with Children During High-Conflict Divorce 

    Lynn Louise Wonders

    26. Treatment Planning with LGBTQ+ (SOGIE) Youth and Families 

    Kurt W. Oster

    27. Race-Based Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning with Black Children and Families 

    April Duncan

    28. Mindfulness in Treatment Planning 

    Lynn Louise Wonders

    29. Families, Children, and Technology in Treatment Planning 

    Mary L. Affee, Lynn Louise Wonders, Courteney Matteson, and Julia Krebs

    30. Treatment Planning in Clinical Supervision

    Eleah Hyatt


    Lynn Louise Wonders is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), certified professional counselor (CPCS), and registered play therapist-supervisor (RPT-S). She has provided clinical supervision, consultation, and training since 2010. 

    Mary L. Affee is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), a registered play therapist-supervisor (RPT-S), and holds a doctorate in education. She is the founder and clinical director of Horizon Integrated Wellness Group, a private practice in North Carolina. 

    "This book on treatment planning stands out for its holistic approach. The co-editors selected some of the best scholars and practitioners in the play therapy field. I love the emphasis on the wide array of contributing factors and wider systems.”

    David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, author and board-certified clinical psychologist


    Play Therapy Treatment Planning with Children and Families delivers just what the title describes and much more. The editors provide a thoughtful rationale for the importance of treatment planning, one that extends the plan to be a dynamic process, encompassing relevant contextual factors in the child’s life. The editors have assembled seasoned practitioners to offer guidance and practical applications for treatment planning, ensuring that the book is useful across various presenting issues and theoretical orientations. The book will help practitioners craft holistic and high-quality plans to support the well-being of children and families!”

    Anne Stewart, PhD, professor, Department of Graduate Psychology, James Madison University


    “This is a book play therapists will keep handy for many years.”

    Richard Gaskill, EdD, LPC, RPT-S