Play Therapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice

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David A Crenshaw, Anne L Stewart, Stuart Brown

  • Play Therapy
  • Play Therapy
    This authoritative work brings together leading play therapists to describe state-of-the-art clinical approaches and applications.

556 pages
2016
ISBN: 9781462526444

This authoritative work brings together leading play therapists to describe state-of-the-art clinical approaches and applications. The book explains major theoretical frameworks and summarises the contemporary play therapy research base, including compelling findings from neuroscience. Contributors present effective strategies for treating children struggling with such problems as trauma, maltreatment, attachment difficulties, bullying, rage, grief, and autism spectrum disorder. Practice principles are brought to life in vivid case illustrations throughout the volume. Special topics include treatment of military families and play therapy interventions for adolescents and adults.

This book will be useful to play, art, and other creative arts therapists; clinical psychologists, child psychiatrists, social workers, counsellors, and family therapists.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Stuart Brown

I. Play Therapy Theories and Approaches

  1. Child-Centered Play Therapy, Dee C. Ray & Garry L. Landreth
  2. Object Relations and Attachment-Based Play Therapy, Sarah C. Patton & Helen E. Benedict
  3. Adlerian Play Therapy, Terry Kottman & Jeffrey S. Ashby
  4. Jungian Analytical Play Therapy, J. P. Lilly
  5. Psychodynamic Play Therapy, John B. Mordock
  6. Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy, Angela M. Cavett
  7. Integrative Approach to Play Therapy, Eliana Gil, Elizabeth Konrath, Jennifer Shaw, Myriam Goldin, & Heather McTaggart Bryan
  8. Attachment Security as a Framework in Play Therapy, William Whelan & Anne L. Stewart
  9. Child-Parent Relationship Therapy: A 10-Session Filial Therapy Model, Sue C. Bratton, Kristie Opiola, & Eric Dafoe
  10. Theraplay: Repairing Relationships, Helping Families Heal, Phyllis B. Booth & Marlo L.-R. Winstead
  11. Sandtray and Storytelling in Play Therapy, Theresa Kestly
  12. StoryPlay: A Narrative Play Therapy Approach, Joyce C. Mills
  13. Family Play Therapy: Practical Techniques, Greg Czyszczon, Scott Riviere, Dianne Lowman, & Anne L. Stewart
  14. Animal-Assisted Play Therapy, Risë VanFleet & Tracie Faa-Thompson

II. Clinical Applications of Play Therapy

  1. Play Therapy with “Children of Fury”: Treating the Myriad Forms of Betrayal, David A. Crenshaw
  2. Play Therapy with the Spectrum of Bullying Behavior, Steven Baron
  3. Child-Centered Play Therapy and School-Based Problems, Angela I. Sheely-Moore & Peggy L. Ceballos
  4. Trauma Narratives with Children in Foster Care: Individual and Group Play Therapy, David A. Crenshaw & Kathleen S. Tillman
  5. Play Therapy with Children Experiencing Homelessness, Deborah C. Sturm & Christopher Hill
  6. Play Therapy with Children of Divorce: A Prescriptive Approach, Sueann Kenney-Noziska & Liana Lowenstein
  7. Play Therapy for Children Experiencing Grief and Traumatic Loss: What Matters Most, William Steele
  8. Jungian Analytical Play Therapy with a Sexually Abused Child, J. P. Lilly
  9. Child Maltreatment: Safety-Based Clinical Strategies for Play Therapists, Janine Shelby & Lauren E. Maltby
  10. Reunifying Families after Critical Separations: An Integrated Play Therapy Approach to Building and Strengthening Family Ties, Eliana Gil
  11. Play-Based Disaster and Crisis Intervention: Roles of Play Therapists in Promoting Recovery, Anne L. Stewart, Lennis G. Echterling, & Claudio Mochi
  12. Play Therapy with Military-Connected Children and Families, Jessica Anne Umhoefer, Mary Anne Peabody, & Anne L. Stewart
  13. Play Therapy with Children on the Autism Spectrum, Kevin B. Hull
  14. Play Therapy with Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Heidi Gerard Kaduson
  15. Filial Therapy for Children with Anxiety Disorders, Louise F. Guerney
  16. Play Therapy with Adolescents, Brijin Johnson Gardner
  17. Play Therapy Interventions for Adults, Diane Frey

III. Research and Practice Guidelines in Play Therapy

  1. Research in Play Therapy: Empirical Support for Practice, Dee C. Ray
  2. Reflective Practice in Play Therapy and Supervision, John W. Seymour & David A. Crenshaw
  3. Cultural Issues in Play Therapy, Phyllis Post & Kathleen S. Tillman
  4. Ethics in Play Therapy, Jeffrey S. Ashby & Kathleen McKinney Clark
  5. Exploring the Neuroscience of Healing Play at Every Age, Bonnie Badenoch & Theresa Kestly

"Crenshaw and Stewart have created the seminal anthology of play therapy. Covering theory and approaches, clinical applications, practice guidelines, and research, this volume is the ultimate resource for students, as well as experienced practitioners. Taken in its entirety, the book goes further than any other work I know of in defining the breadth and scope of play therapy and its contribution to growth, development, education, and healing in children. I offer my sincere thanks to the editors for providing this indispensable resource!"
- Richard L. Gaskill, EdD, LCP, RPT-S, Sumner Mental Health Center, Wellington, Kansas

"Everything you always wanted to know about play therapy can be found in this comprehensive 36-chapter volume. The wide scope makes the book ideal for graduate play therapy training programs and for clinicians who work with children in a variety of settings. The chapter authors present not only their theoretical bases but also rich clinical case examples that demonstrate the unique power of play therapy. This impressive book will prove invaluable for educating professionals for years to come."
- Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, LICSW, RPT-S, University Distinguished Professor of Social Work Emerita, Fordham University

" This book offers a unique, much-needed contribution to the field. Crenshaw and Stewart have brought together an outstanding group of contributors. The impressive breadth and depth of coverage ranges from theoretical underpinnings, to clinical applications across a wide range of client problems, to research and ethical bases for practice. I recommend the book heartily as a text for graduate training programs, and for the library of any professional who wishes to engage in the informed practice of play therapy."
- Ronald E. Reeve, PhD, NCSP, Director, Curry Program in Clinical and School Psychology, University of Virginia