Child-Centered Play Therapy : A Practical Guide to Developing Therapeutic Relationships with Children

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-07-20
  • Publisher: Wiley

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The practice of play therapy has experienced a remarkable period of growth since the 1980s. Yet, currently there is no reference available covering the widely researched and implemented work of Louise Guerney, a founding figure in child-centered play therapy. Complete with a foreword from Dr. Guerney, this approachable, skills-based text is filled with case studies, learning activities and objectives, and classroom exercises. With extensive coverage of play therapy application, such as setting goals and treatment planning, this book is a welcome resource for school psychologists, play therapists, and students.

Author Biography

Nancy H. Cochran, MA, CAS, LMHC, has over twenty years of experience serving children, youth, and families in school and agency settings as a child-centered play therapist and school psychologist, She is certified as a Child-Centered Play Therapy Supervisor by the National Institute for Relationship Enhancement and teaches child-centered play therapy at the University of Tennessee. William J. Nordling, PhD, LP, RPT-S, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington. Virginia, where he teaches and supervises child-centered play therapy. He was the 2010 President of the Association for Play Therapy. Jeffl. Cochran, PhD, NCC, LMHC, is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee where he teaches, researches, and supervises child-centered play therapy, and serves as Coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling Program.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introduction: The Child-Centered Approach, Student and Practitioner Approaches to Learning, and Our Approach to Teachingp. 1
CCPT in Context: Key Concepts From Child Development and Principles of Human Changep. 23
The Ideal Therapist Qualities: Deep Empathy, Unconditional Positive Regard, and Genuinenessp. 49
The Eight Principles in Child-Centered Play Therapyp. 71
Preparing Your Setting for Providing Child-Centered Play Therapyp. 89
The Two Core Therapist Skills: Tracking and Empathic Respondingp. 107
Creating an Optimum Environment for Therapy Through Structuring and Limit Settingp. 131
Responding to Questions, Requests for Help, and Commandsp. 167
Role-Play: The Therapeutic Value of Taking Part in Dramatic or Pretend Play During Child-Centered Play Therapy Sessionsp. 195
Recognizing Stages: Understanding the Therapy Process and Evaluating Children's Internal Progressp. 225
Helping Parents, Teachers, and Principals Understand and Support the Child's Work in Play Therapyp. 255
Goals, Treatment Planning, Reporting, and Evaluating Progressp. 293
Filial Therapy: Involving Parents and Caregivers in Child-Centered Play Sessions with Their Childrenp. 315
Helping Children Capitalize on Gains Made in CCPTp. 335
Reaching Diverse Clients with the Child-Centered Approachp. 347
Legal and Ethical Issues From a Child-Centered Perspectivep. 367
Your Ongoing Developmentp. 383
Skills Support Resourcesp. 395
Special Reference List for Chapter Opening Quotesp. 409
Referencesp. 413
Name Indexp. 423
Subject Indexp. 427
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