4th Edition

Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents in Crisis

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ISBN 9781462531271
Published February 22, 2017 by Guilford Press
440 Pages

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Book Description

This widely used practitioner resource and course text, now significantly revised, is considered the most comprehensive guide to working with children who have experienced major losses, family upheavals, violence in the school or community, and other traumatic events. Leading experts present a range of play and creative arts therapy techniques in chapters organized around in-depth case examples. Informed by the latest knowledge on crisis intervention and trauma, the fourth edition encompasses work with adolescents as well as younger children. Each chapter concludes with instructive questions for study or reflection.

New to This Edition
*Expanded age range: now includes expressive therapy approaches for adolescents.
*More attention to traumatic stress reactions and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); several chapters address complex trauma.
*Extensively revised with the latest theory, practices, and research; many new authors.
*Additional topics: parental substance abuse, group work with adolescents, chronic medical conditions, animal-assisted play therapy and courtroom testimony, and more.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Lenore C. Terr, MD

I. Overview and Theoretical Foundations
1. Family and Community Contexts of Children and Adolescents Facing Crisis or Trauma, Nancy Boyd Webb
2. Differential Diagnosis in the Assessment of Children and Adolescents after Crises and Traumatic Events, Kathleen Nader
3. Play Therapy to Help Symptomatic Children and Adolescents after Crisis and Trauma, Nancy Boyd Webb & Jennifer Baggerly
II. Crises and Trauma in the Family
4. Children and Teens with Substance-Abusing Parents, Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner & Robin Donath
5. Child–Parent Psychotherapy after Child Exposure to Parental Violence, Maxine L. Weinreb & Betsy McAlister Groves
6. Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Child Sexual Abuse and Exposure to Domestic Violence, Felicia R. Neubauer, Esther Deblinger, & Karin Sieger
7. Multiple Losses, Crises, and Trauma for Children in Foster Care or Residential Treatment, Athena A. Drewes
8. Disruptions and Dissolution in Foster Care and Adoption: Play and Filial Therapy to Repair Attachment Relationships, Anne L. Stewart & William F. Whelan
9. The Traumatic Aftermath of Parental Abandonment, Separation, and Divorce: Play and Family Therapy to Deal with Ongoing Crises, Pamela Dyson
10. After a Parent's Death: Group, Family, and Individual Therapy to Help Children and Adolescents, Donna L. Schuurman & Jana DeCristofaro
11. The Crisis of Parental Deployment in Military Service, Joseph R. Herzog, R. Blaine Everson, & Jennifer Taylor
12. Fostering Change When Safety is Fleeting: Expressive Therapy Groups for Adolescents with Complex Trauma, Craig Haen
III. School-Based Crisis Intervention
13. Bullying: Interpersonal Trauma among Children and Adolescents, Susan M. Swearer, Heather Schwartz, & Allen Garcia
14. Violence and Traumatic Events in Schools: Crisis Interventions with Students, Parents, and Teachers, Joshua Miller
15. Children and Adolescents with Chronic Medical Conditions: Individual and Group Helping in the School, M. Carlean Gilbert & Rana Hong
IV. Crises in the Community and World
16. The Mass Traumas of Natural Disasters: Interventions with Children, Adolescents and Families, Jennifer Baggerly & Eric J.Green
17. Court Testimony: Animal-Assisted Trauma-Informed Play Therapy to Help Traumatized Child and Adolescent Witnesses, David A. Crenshaw & Lori Stella
18. Crisis Intervention Therapy with Children, Adolescents, and Family Members After Shootings in the Community, Nancy Boyd Webb & Valerie L. Dripchak
19. Multiple Traumas of Undocumented Immigrants—Crisis Reenactment Play Therapy, Rowena Fong & Ilze Earner
V. Support for Therapists
20. Professional Self-care and the Prevention of Secondary Trauma Among Play Therapists Working with Traumatized Youth, Tina Maschi

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Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, LICSW, RPT-S, is a leading authority on play therapy with children who have experienced loss and traumatic bereavement. She is University Distinguished Professor Emerita of Social Work in the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University, where she held an endowed Chair in Child Welfare Studies and founded the Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Child and Adolescent Therapy. Dr. Webb taught clinical practice at Fordham for 30 years. She has published numerous books on child therapy, trauma, and bereavement, including Helping Bereaved Children, Third Edition; Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents in Crisis, Fourth Edition; and Social Work Practice with Children, Fourth Edition. Dr. Webb is an active supervisor, consultant, and trainer who presents frequently at conferences in the United States and internationally. She is a recipient of honors including the Day-Garrett Award from the Smith College School for Social Work, the Clinical Practice Award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and the designation of Distinguished Scholar by the National Academies of Practice in Social Work.


"As crisis and trauma increasingly intrude into the lives of children and teens, Webb and her talented team of front-line clinicians once again help us to understand these kids' needs and the value of intervention using a wide range of play and expressive media. The volume captures the ever-evolving nature of trauma, its effects on our most vulnerable populations, and, most important, how clinicians across disciplines can be of help."--Lawrence C. Rubin, PhD, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S, Department of Social Sciences and Counseling, Biscayne College, St. Thomas University

"This book does an eloquent job of combining both the child and adolescent foci of the trauma experience into a digestible text and guide for practitioners. It offers a variety of effective therapeutic interventions in a format suitable for new and seasoned clinicians alike. This is a useful text for a class focusing on child or youth trauma in social work, psychology, or counseling."--Julie Anne Laser-Maira, PhD, MSW, LCSW, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver

"Rarely is such an informative book so delightful to read. Clinicians at any level of professional development will appreciate the scope and depth of this updated, timely, trauma-focused book. Readers will finish this volume with an enormous advantage in understanding not only how crises affect youth, but also how to work effectively to promote adaptive coping, positive change, and growth."--Janine Shelby, PhD, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

"I teach first-year medical students in a course entitled Doctoring 1, which addresses how to create a clinical alliance under a variety of patient circumstances and conditions. Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents in Crisis, Fourth Edition, is one of the reference tools that I use to familiarize my students with the challenge of assisting vulnerable children and teenagers who may have chaotic life circumstances. This resource helps the students build empathy and understanding, and fine-tune their approach to these patients."--Esther Hess, PhD, Executive Director, Center for the Developing Mind, Los Angeles; Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine
-Offers resources on a significant range of crisis events….This book offers useful therapeutic intervention ideas that may be used by nearly any clinician for play therapy work with individuals, groups, or families….Offers effective ideas, resources, and specific interventions for integrating play into therapeutic work with children.--Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 5/31/2017ƒƒ_x000D_This book is highly recommended for any counselor who works with children, not just those who specialize in crisis intervention. It gives detailed information on therapy interventions and provides many resources for further exploration. (on the third edition)--Family Journal, 3/16/2015ƒƒ_x000D_This is an extraordinary addition to the clinical literature. The scope, breadth, and depth of the book speak volumes about the clinical expertise of the author, who is an undisputed expert in the field of play therapy....*****!(on the third edition)--Doody's Review Service, 3/16/2015