1st Edition

Play Therapy and Telemental Health Foundations, Populations, and Interventions

Edited By Jessica Stone Copyright 2022
    260 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Play Therapy and Telemental Health gives clinicians the tools they need to bring their therapy sessions online.

    Chapters present the fundamentals of play therapy and telemental health therapy and introduce play therapists to a variety of special populations and interventions specific to telemental health. Expert contributors discuss using a wide variety of telehealth interventions— including Virtual Sandtray®©, nature play, and EMDR —with children affected by autism, trauma, and more. Readers will learn how the fundamentals of play therapy can be expanded to provide effective treatment in web-based sessions.

    This is a vital guide for any clinician working in play therapy in the 21st century.


    John W. Seymour


    Jessica Stone


    Jessica Stone

    Section 1: Foundations

    1. Theoretical Roots and Branches of the Evolving Field of Play Therapy

    Lynn Louise Wonders

    2. Purposeful Application of Theory to Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning

    Lynn Louise Wonders

    3. Telemental Health Play Therapy

    Jessica Stone

    4. Cultural Humility in the Telehealth Playroom

    Carmen Jimenez-Pride

    Section 2: Special Populations

    5. TraumaPlay and Telehealth: Innovations Through the Screen

    Paris Goodyear-Brown and Kate Worley

    6. The Power of Attachment in Telemental Health

    Clair Mellenthin

    7. Virtual EMDR and Telemental Health Play Therapy

    Jackie Flynn

    8. AutPlay® Therapy and Telehealth: Strategies for Children with Autism

    Robert Jason Grant

    9. Telemental Play Therapy in Schools

    Sonia Murray

    10. Neurodiverse Older Teens and Young Adults in Teleplay

    Kevin B. Hull

    Section 3: Special Interventions

    11. Using the Virtual Sandtray®© App: A Boy’s Journey to Healing

    Heidi Gerard Kaduson

    12. Foundations of Virtual Playrooms

    Rachel A. Altvater

    13. Expressive Therapies in Teleplay

    Leslie Baker

    14. Nature Play Therapy and Telehealth: How Green Time and Screen Time Play Well Together

    Jamie Lynn Langley

    15. The Universe of You: Using Remote VR to Improve Psychoeducation Through Spatial Presence, Attention Allocation, and Interaction

    Ryan Kelly


    Jessica Stone


    Jessica Stone, PhD, RPT-S, is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-creator of the Virtual Sandtray®©. She is also an author, innovator, and speaker specializing in the therapeutic use of digital tools in therapy.

    "An auspicious and timely publication, Play Therapy and Telemental Health provides a critical and much needed resource. Dr. Stone has assembled an impressive panel of play therapy and telehealth professionals, who provide practical material, backed up with appropriate theory. This cutting-edge book belongs on the shelves of both practitioners and academics." —Daniel Sweeney, PhD, professor of clinical mental health counseling and clinical director of the NW Center for Play Therapy Studies at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon, USA

    "Relevant for this time of crisis and beyond, this book compiles evidence-informed foundations and interventions that answer the questions we have all been asking about play therapy in the time of telehealth practice. The question is not whether to read this important book but how soon." —Susan M. Carter, PhD, RPT-S, clinical director at the Center for Change and Growth, PLC, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

    "Just as the play therapist adjusts to the minute needs of the child in the playroom, so too do they adapt and respond to major public health and safety measures in response to COVID-19. However, when one door closes, another entrance opens, and this text opens the virtual platform and digital doors into a new and exciting play-therapy world. The scope of this text links relevant theory to practice and provides pertinent discourse to critically reflect and connect to clients in a variety of contexts through telemental health. A valuable resource for those who are, or wish to be, digitally savvy play therapists." —Judi A. Parson, PhD, RPT-S, discipline lead, course director, and senior lecturer in play therapy at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia