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Advanced Play Therapy: Essential Conditions, Knowledge, and Skills for Child Practice



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This is the 1st edition with a publication date of 2/17/2011.

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The purpose of this text is to present a resource to students and practitioners of play therapy that addresses topics beyond the training level. Current play therapy resources offer details on how to conduct play therapy, but are limited in addressing the challenges that develop when therapists conduct play therapy with real-life clients. It provides advanced knowledge on the three main areas of play, child development, and play therapy and integrate them to help the play therapist gain a holistic understanding of how play therapy works. The author also presents original operational functions for play therapy tasks that she has developed and refined during her years of experience to provide play therapists with step-by-step methods to use in their own practices. While the main theoretical focus is on Child-Centered Play Therapy, other approaches are briefly considered and offered as comparisons. Special topics covered include aggression in and out of the playroom, group play therapy, play therapy in schools and community settings, and research in play therapy. An accompanying CD includes a Child-Centered Play Therapy Treatment Manual and materials for use in supervision, self-reporting, and other tools the advanced play therapy student would find of use.

Author Biography

Dee C. Ray, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S, is Associate Professor in the Counseling Program and Director of the Child and Family Resource Clinic at the University of North Texas.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
About the Authorp. xix
History, Rationale, and Purpose of Playp. 1
A Primer on Child Developmentp. 17
A Philosophy of Working with Children: The Child-Centered Wayp. 43
The Person, Knowledge, and Skills of the Play Therapistp. 63
Basics of Play Therapyp. 79
Limit Settingp. 91
Themes in Play Therapyp. 105
Progress and Terminationp. 117
Parent Consultationp. 141
Aggression In and Out of the Playroomp. 167
Group Play Therapyp. 183
Play Therapy in the Schoolsp. 203
Play Therapy in Community Agencies and Private Practicep. 227
Supervision of Play Therapyp. 243
Evidentiary Research in Child-Centered Play Therapyp. 257
Appendix: Child-Centered Play Therapy Treatment Manualp. 293
Indexp. 317
CD Contentsp. 325
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