101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques

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This book is an amazing resource for play therapy techniques. The contributors come from a diverse group including child-centered, cognitive-behavioral, gestalt, Jungian, Psychodynamic, and prescriptive play therapy.

Covers fantasy, storytelling, expressive arts, game play, puppet play, play toys & objects, group play techniques, etc

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Editorial Reviews

M. Kay Hannah
This is an essential resource for all play therapists (beginning through advanced) looking to enhance their repertoire of creative interventions. Mental health professionals from all theoretical orientations will find creative techniques to use with and/or adapt to their child, adolescent, and family clients in a wide variety of settings. Combined with 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques and 101 More Favorite Play Techniques clinicians now have more than three hundred user-friendly, innovative techniques to meet the challenges of young clients.
Rise VanFleet
With Volume III of 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, Drs. Kaduson and Schaefer have compiled another impressive array of play therapy techniques created and shared by an international group of contributors. This book is packed with practical guidance for child clinicians, including clear rationales, step-by-step instructions, and tips for use of each technique with different problems. The techniques are straightforward, inexpensive, and attuned to children's needs. Playing therapeutically with children is the best and most developmentally appropriate way to help them cope with life's trials and to promote their healthy, happy adjustment, and this book can help us all do it better.
Louise Guerney
Whether their purpose is diagnosis or increasing the socialization of groups of children with virtually any problem, play therapists—irrespective of orientation—will find useful methods in this most comprehensive collection of creative techniques. All are presented in a clear, concise way and classified into sections so therapists can easily select and apply them.
R. VanFleet
101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques is just what child and mental health practitioners are looking for—a wealth of ideas to use with children and families. This wonderfully practical book presents play therapy techniques that are quickly read, easily understood, and readily implemented in a variety of settings.

This book will appeal to clinicians, educators, and child caregivers from all orientations. Perhaps its biggest contribution goes beyond its covers in stimulating readers' own creativity in developing and adapting play therapy techniques to meet the challenges of their important work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765707994
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 7/9/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 452
  • Sales rank: 899,466
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Heidi Gerard Kaduson, PhD, RPT-S, specializes in evaluation and intervention services for children with a variety of behavioral, emotional, and learning problems. She is past president of the Association for Play Therapy and co-director of the Play Therapy Training Institute. Kaduson has co-edited many books and maintains a private practice in Monroe Township, New Jersey. Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S, is professor emeritus of psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, New Jersey. Schaefer is cofounder and director emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. Among Schaefer's sixty-five books are the outstanding Handbook of Play Therapy and The Therapeutic Use of Child's Play, both of which have become classics in the field. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice for children and their families in Hackensack, New Jersey.
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Table of Contents

Preface xv

Contributors xvii

Section 1 Expressive Arts 1

1 The Family Collage Jerri Simms Shepard 3

2 Drawing It Out Peggy Woehrlen 7

3 Problem-solving Techniques: Hand-ling the Decision-making Process Judith D. Bertoia 14

4 Problem-solving Techniques: The Storyboard Judith D. Bertoia 19

5 The Pain Sculpture Brenda L. Bierdeman 26

6 In Memory of or A Torch of Love: A Hand-Processing Technique Betty Bedard-Bidwell 29

7 The Family Art Project Judith A. DeTrude 34

8 Sand Painting Denise K. Filley 38

9 Sensory/Kinetic Hand Family Drawing Denise K. Filley 42

10 All Tangled Up Paris Goodyear-Brown 46

11 Scavenger Hunt of Relaxation Tools (SHORT) Teresa A. Glatthorn 49

12 Invisible Feelings Sueann Kenney-Noziska 53

13 The Use of Metaphor for Careful Preparation in the Play Therapy Process: Unloading a Garbage Bin of Feelings Nancy Riedel Bowers 56

14 The Cargo Train Jacqueline Johnson 61

15 Water and Oil-Do They Mix? Diana Malca 66

16 Group Drawing Jean Stirling Albaum 69

17 The Solution Drawing David Hudak 72

18 Saying Good-bye: Breaking the Links in a Chain Brenda Lawrence 77

19 My Storybook Inés Schroeder 80

20 The Feelings Chart Maryanne Bongiovani 84

21 Teddy Bear Feelings Mary Determan 88

22 Make a Family "Drawing" Heidi Gerard Kaduson 93

23 My Brain Jennifer Fortier 96

24 Tune It In, Tune It Out Celia Linden 102

25 Working with Play Images of Fearful Children Bertha Mook 106

26 Stories in the Sand Erika L. Surkin 111

27 High-Tech Therapeutic Storybook Erika L. Surkin 115

28 Anger Wall Karen M. Sribney 118

29 The Jungle (or City) Adventure Lawrence C. Rubin 122

30 Combining Art and Sandtray Therapies with Sexually Abused Children Carla J. Reyes 125

31 The Feeling Wall Activity Sharon Picard 129

32 Shapes and Directions Sharon Picard 133

33 Feeling Sculptures Ruth Ouzts Cash 136

34 It's My Party Jodi Ann Mullen 140

35 The Lotion Game: A Theraplay Technique Margery Lewy Rieff 143

36 Drawing in Three Dimensions: Transcending Time Nancy F. Cincotta 145

37 Family Interaction Diagram Kathleen Truax 149

38 The Book of Feelings Neresa B. Minatrea Susan H. James 152

Section 2 Puppets 157

39 Silent Puppet Sylvia Fisher 159

40 Using a Puppet Show and Photography Together: A Healing Technique Vivian Gentz 162

41 Parent as Guest Actor or Actress Jennifer Baggerly 166

42 Problem-solving Play Therapy Susan M. Swearer 171

Section 3 Storytelling 175

43 The Talking Stick Totem: A Family Play Therapy Technique for Teaching Listening, Witnessing, and Speaking Your Truth Deborah Armstrong Hickey 177

44 The Stretching Story Jeffrey S. Ashby Shane Blasko Linda Pak Bruner Jim Martin 181

45 Working with a Child's Dream Melissa V. Bush 184

46 Sharing Beauty to Enliven the Spirit Vivian Gentz 187

47 Where Am I? The Effects of Immigration on Children Diana P. Malca 191

48 The Door to a Special Place Tracy C. Leinbaugh 195

49 The Dramatic Retelling of Stories in Play Therapy Shelley A. Jackson 199

50 Mutual Storytelling, Adlerian Style Terry Kottman 203

Section 4 Group 209

51 "I'm Sick of . . . " Eggs Paris Goodyear-Brown 211

52 Jenga Tower Challenge Heidi Gerard Kaduson 214

53 Feelings Charades Cynthia Reynolds 217

54 "The Guessing Game" Bob H. Milich 220

55 The Toilet Paper Game Norma Y. Leben 224

56 The Picnic in Space Game Norma Y. Leben 227

57 The Mood Board Janice Jung 233

58 The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow Karen L. Hutchison 237

59 My Special Space Mary T. Foret 242

Section 5 Toys 245

60 Bubbles, Feathers, and Breathing Teresa A. Glatthorn 247

61 Let Me See Your Strong Muscles: An Engaging, Interactive Play Technique Sandra L. Lindaman 251

62 Interaction Balls Kyla Chambers 257

63 Play Cabinet Nancy Kuntz 263

64 Rubber Darts Sylvia Fisher 267

65 Sand-and-Water Play or Sensopathic Play Joop Hellendoorn 270

66 Heartlines and Lifelines: Narrative Reconstruction to Aid Dollhouse Play Suzanne Getz Gregg 277

67 Shaving Cream Corinne H. Greenberg 282

68 Talking Cards Peter Mortola 286

69 The Fluster-ometer Lawrence C. Rubin 290

70 Let's Play Ball Mary Lou Sherry 294

71 Creating a New Story with the Sandtray Daniel S. Sweeney 298

72 The Magic Wand Virginia B. Allen 303

73 Emotional Tone Game Heidi Gerard Kaduson 306

74 Bubbles and Boundaries Teresa M. Christensen 309

75 The Message Balloon Cindy A. Stear 314

Section 6 Games 317

76 The Number Facts Game Heidi G. Kaduson 319

77 The Pickle in the Middle Technique Michelle Hodsdon 322

78 Topics Sylvia Fisher 326

79 Playing Possum Jo Anne Mitchell 329

80 Make Your Own Feeling Game Joop Hellendoorn 333

81 Angry Kleenex Game Denise K. Filley 336

82 The Time Travel Game Brenda Lawrence 339

83 The Feelings Card Game Maryanne Bongiovani 343

84 The Gestalt Imagery Game for Grief Dora C. Finamore 346

85 The Crown Game: On Being Kings and Queens Dennis C. Gold 349

86 The Feedback Game Chari Campbell 352

87 The Rock-Feather Game Melissa F. Kalodner 356

88 Cottonball Fight and Cottonball Soothe Game Evangeline Munns 359

89 Target Practice Inés Schroeder 363

90 Meeting Mr. Tricky Saralea E. Chazan 367

91 The Black-Eye Peas Group Game Adeyinka M. Akinsulure-Smith 370

92 Worry Stones Judith Anastasia 373

93 Fishing for Feelings Daniel Yeager 379

Section 7 Other 383

94 Creating an Ambiance for Play Therapy with African American Children Alvin Ramsey 385

95 Matching the Moment: Therapeutic Responding in the Play Room Wendy M. Miller 391

96 My Body's Nobody's Body but Mine Claire Milgrom 396

97 The Stealth Inquiry H. Mike Kanitz 399

98 The Use of Filial Techniques in the Elementary School with Latency Age Children Linda Herschenfeld 403

99 Native American (Indian) Names: A Play Therapy Technique Sandra B. Frick-Helms 407

100 The Creative Clean-up Technique Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson 413

101 Future Glasses, Talking to the Future: Visualization of Desired Behavior Robert W. Freeman 417

Index 421

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