Play Therapy A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2016-02-22
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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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 summarizes 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.

Author Biography

David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S, is Clinical Director of the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie, New York. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of its Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology, he is Past President of the Hudson Valley Psychological Association, which honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award, and of the New York Association for Play Therapy. He served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Play Therapy; taught graduate play therapy courses at Johns Hopkins University; and has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and books on child therapy, child abuse and trauma, and resilience in children. Dr. Crenshaw is a frequent presenter at statewide and national conferences on play therapy.  

Anne L. Stewart, PhD, RPT-S, is Professor of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University, where she teaches, supervises, and conducts play therapy each week. She has written and presented internationally about crisis intervention, attachment, supervision, military families, improvisation, and resilience. She is Founder and President of the Virginia Association for Play Therapy, Chair of the National Foundation for Play Therapy, and an editorial board member of the International Journal of Play Therapy. Dr. Stewart is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Play Therapy and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Stuart Brown
I. Play Therapy Theory 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. The 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. 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       
15. Play Therapy with “Children of Fury”: Treating the Myriad Forms of Betrayal, David A. Crenshaw
16. Play Therapy with the Spectrum of Bullying Behavior, Steven Baron
17. Child-Centered Play Therapy and School-Based Problems, Angela I. Sheely-Moore & Peggy L. Ceballos
18. Trauma Narratives with Children in Foster Care: Individual and Group Play Therapy, David A. Crenshaw & Kathleen S. Tillman
19. Play Therapy with Children Experiencing Homelessness, Deborah C. Sturm & Christopher Hill
20. Play Therapy with Children of Divorce: A Prescriptive Approach, Sueann Kenney-Noziska & Liana Lowenstein
21. Play Therapy for Children Experiencing Grief and Traumatic Loss: What Matters Most, William Steele
22. Jungian Analytical Play Therapy with a Sexually Abused Child, J. P. Lilly
23. Child Maltreatment: Safety-Based Clinical Strategies for Play Therapists, Janine Shelby & Lauren E. Maltby
24. Reunifying Families after Critical Separations: An Integrated Play Therapy Approach to Building and Strengthening Family Ties, Eliana Gil
25. Play-Based Disaster and Crisis Intervention: Roles of Play Therapists in Promoting Recovery, Anne L. Stewart, Lennis G. Echterling, & Claudio Mochi
26. Play Therapy with Military-Connected Children and Families, Jessica Anne Umhoefer, Mary Anne Peabody, & Anne L. Stewart
27. Play Therapy with Children on the Autism Spectrum, Kevin B. Hull
28. Play Therapy with Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Heidi Gerard Kaduson
29. Filial Therapy for Children with Anxiety Disorders, Louise F. Guerney
30. Play Therapy with Adolescents, Brijin Johnson Gardner
31. Play Therapy Interventions for Adults, Diane Frey
III. Research and Practice Guidelines in Play Therapy            
32. Research in Play Therapy: Empirical Support for Practice, Dee C. Ray
33. Reflective Practice in Play Therapy and Supervision, John W. Seymour & David A. Crenshaw
34. Cultural Issues in Play Therapy, Phyllis Post & Kathleen S. Tillman
35. Ethics in Play Therapy, Jeffrey S. Ashby & Kathleen McKinney Clark
36. Exploring the Neuroscience of Healing Play at Every Age, Bonnie Badenoch & Theresa Kestly

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