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1st Edition

Play Therapy for Severe Psychological Trauma

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ISBN 9781593854225
Published December 7, 2006 by Guilford Press
41 Pages

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Book Description

In this instructive video program, well-known play and family therapist Eliana Gil elucidates the nature of trauma, how to recognize it clinically, and how to manage its powerful effects on children's development with the use of specific art and play techniques. The video includes a reenacted clinical interview and footage from an actual play therapy session, as well as many moving examples of children's work. With empathy and wisdom, Dr. Gil discusses such important topics as what dissociation looks like in children's paintings and drawings and how to intervene effectively in posttraumatic play.



Eliana Gil, PhD, is founding partner of the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education, a private group practice in Fairfax, Virginia. She is also Director of Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy. Dr. Gil has worked in the field of child abuse prevention and treatment since 1973. A licensed marriage, family, and child counselor; an approved marriage and family therapy supervisor; a registered art therapist; and a registered play therapy supervisor, she is a former President of the Association for Play Therapy, which honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of The Healing Power of Play, Helping Abused and Traumatized Children, and Play in Family Therapy, Second Edition, among many other publications. Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Dr. Gil is bilingual and bicultural.


"Helping students and novice practitioners see clearly the various aspects of the craft, Dr. Gil models an accepting stance that in itself may represent a new experience for these children. [This video] opens up many possibilities for therapists who are working with children not yet ready to verbalize traumatic events or the feelings associated with them."--William N. Friedrich, PhD, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical School