1st Edition

The Guide to Play Therapy Documentation and Parent Consultation

    256 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Guide to Play Therapy Documentation and Parent Consultation guides play therapists through the case-documentation process, from the initial inquiry for services through intake session, diagnosis, treatment planning, session notes, and termination summary. There’s a special focus on writing session notes, one of the areas in which play therapists most often request additional training. Chapters also identify play themes, explore clinical theories and case conceptualization, and guide play therapists from the playroom to the paperwork. The authors include several examples of case notes and treatment plans completed from a variety of theoretical perspectives, and vignettes and case studies illustrate ways to connect with caregivers, strategies for working with challenging caregivers, addressing difficult topics at different ages and stages of parenting (how to talk about sex, screen time, co-parenting, etc.), and much more. The book also includes a thorough discussion of ways to structure parent consultations to facilitate the therapeutic process. Expansive appendices provide many case examples and tips to explain and demonstrate documentation, and the authors provide form templates in the text and on the book’s website.

    About the Authors  Part One: Documentation and Parent Consultation  1. Introduction  2. Inquiry Through Intake Summary  3. Initial Parent Consultation  4. Diagnosis and Treatment Plan 5. Treatment Phase: Session Notes  6. Ongoing Parent Consultations 7. Termination  Part Two: Looking Further  8. Parents Who Challenge Us  9. Difficult Parenting Issues  10. A Deeper Look at Play  11. Finding a Theory  12. Professional Growth Considerations  Appendices  Index


    Linda E. Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, after 30 years as play therapist, sandtray therapist, author, and professor at Texas State University, is semi-retired. She continues to write, provide professional consultations, and play in the clay in Texas.

    Mary Morrison Bennett, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, has 20 years of experience in play therapy, is a former associate professor at Texas State University, and is now in private practice in Texas, where she continues to speak and write on play therapy.

    "What Homeyer and Bennett have learned and lived out as practicing play therapists and university professors appears on the pages of this practical, detailed, essential, stress-relieving resource. They have anticipated everything a play therapist needs to know and do and provide a template for every form and document needed, from informed consent to termination summary. Completed forms provide examples to follow. This is a HOW TO book, unique in the field of play therapy, that will help play therapists become more efficient and effective. Don’t miss the chapter on ‘Parents Who Challenge Us’ for new insights about what to do."

    Garry Landreth, EdD, LPC, RPT-S, Regents Professor at the University of North Texas, founder of the Center for Play Therapy

    "Using their years of experience as play therapists and as scholars, the authors have written the most comprehensive play therapy text in the field! Homeyer and Bennett provide guidance on everything from liability insurance, theory, case notes, and treatment planning with examples and templates ready to put directly into practice. Readers will be equipped with crucial guidance for working with parents, including addressing topics such as divorced parents, trauma, difficult conversations, and neurobiology. This is a must-have resource for the play therapist in training as they begin their career as well as for the experienced play therapist and supervisor."

    Kristi Perryman, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas

    "This book is the definitive guide for play therapists in and out of the playroom. The authors freely share the deep knowledge that they have accumulated through their extensive experience as clinicians, educators, and supervisors. If I were to pick sand tray miniatures to represent this book, they would be a bridge that connects play therapists with a real-life experience and a treasure box that contains so many hidden and valuable materials."

    Yumiko Ogawa, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, RPT-S, Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at the New Jersey City University