1st Edition

Play Therapy and Expressive Arts in a Complex and Dynamic World Opportunities and Challenges Inside and Outside the Playroom

Edited By Isabella Cassina, Claudio Mochi, Karen Stagnitti Copyright 2023
    172 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    172 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers cutting-edge expertise and knowledge in new and developing play therapy, therapeutic play, and expressive arts for families and children in crisis and challenging situations.

    The book focuses on the use of play therapies in complex and dynamic situations such as pandemics, post-disaster conditions, crisis, migration, poverty, and deprivation. Evidence in the book is rooted in theory and contains examples of direct clinical experiences of play therapy approaches by the authors from across six continents, offering innovative methods to apply expressive arts modalities across different situations. It highlights the need to understand the context and needs of the children and families in their particular situations and provides examples of application of therapeutic principles and techniques in individual and group settings and within schools and communities.

    With reflections and guidance on how to support children in reaching their potential in a variety of difficult contexts, the book will be key reading for scholars and researchers in the fields of play therapy, expressive arts therapies, and creative psychotherapy, as well as professionals in these areas.

    List of contributors


    Isabella Cassina

    Chapter 1

    Applying the therapeutic power of play and expressive arts in contemporary crisis work: a process-oriented approach

    Isabella Cassina and Claudio Mochi

    Chapter 2

    Integrating creative arts modalities in the playroom and outside: live and remote interventions

    Steve Harvey

    Chapter 3

    Recovering lost play time: principles and intervention modalities to address the psychosocial wellbeing of asylum seekers and refugee children

    Isabella Cassina

    Chapter 4

    Tele-Play Therapy: principles of remote interventions using the therapeutic powers of play

    Kate L. Renshaw and Judi A. Parson

    Chapter 5

    Learn to Play Therapy in high risk countries: the example of Nigeria

    Claudio Mochi and Karen Stagnitti

    Chapter 6

    Nature-based Play Therapy interventions in the digital age

    Maggie Fearn

    Chapter 7

    Play and expressive arts to enhance professional development and personal growth in challenging contexts

    Claudio Mochi, Steve Harvey, and Isabella Cassina



    Isabella Cassina is Social Worker specialised in International Cooperation (IHEID Geneva) and Migration and Registered Therapeutic Play Specialist (APT Italy). She is International Speaker, Head of Project Management, and Trainer at the International Academy for Play Therapy (INA) in Switzerland.

    Claudio Mochi is Clinical Psychologist, Child and Adolescents Psychotherapist, and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor.

    Karen Stagnitti is Emeritus Professor at Deakin University, Australia, Occupational Therapist, and Play Therapist.

    1. “Play Therapy and Expressive Arts in a Complex and Dynamic World: Opportunities and Challenges Inside and Outside the Playroom” co-edited by Isabella Cassina, Claudio Mochi and Karen Stagnitti is an innovative and much needed book. It takes us into the realm of today’s complex world addressing crisis situations, Covid, tele-health and the need for being in nature. Readers are treated to the expertise of internationally renowned authors who offer in-depth practical and useful guidance for working with children and adults. This is a much-needed addition to the professional library of beginner and experienced clinicians alike.

    Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S
    Licensed Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor
    Founder and President Emeritus of the New York Association for Play Therapy
    Past Director of the Association for Play Therapy
    Ocala, Florida, US

    2. This exciting book by a distinguished group of contributors takes play therapy outside of its comfort zone to telehealth, crisis-disaster areas, high-risk countries, refugees and asylum seekers, while enlisting the healing power of nature. This excellent book is urgently needed!

    David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S, author, Clinical Psychologist