Contemporary Play Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice

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This highly practical book presents current developments in play therapy, including innovative applications for particular problems and populations. Contributors first discuss the latest ideas and techniques emerging from object relations, experiential, dynamic, and narrative perspectives. Next, research evaluating the effectiveness of play interventions is reviewed in detail. The book's third and largest section demonstrates creative approaches for helping children deal with a variety of adverse circumstances: homelessness, family problems, sexual abuse, social aggression, natural disasters, and more. Throughout, rich case illustrations enhance the book's utility for clinicians.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Susan Richardson, MA, PsyD (Private Practice)
Description: This book combines theory, research, and applications of new play therapy interventions to use with children.
Purpose: The editors seek to present the most recent innovations and advances in play therapy. This state-of-the-art volume includes interventions based on natural disasters, including the tsunami of December 2004. The book clearly meets these goals with its wide range and updated approach.
Audience: It is for the student learning to do psychotherapy with children but is surely intended for the experienced practitioner as well. The contributing authors are masters and doctoral level clinicians, most of whom teach as well as work with children.
Features: The book is nicely divided into its core sections: theory, research and practice. It is readable and educational, and this structure works well for clinicians looking for updated interventions as well as students or practitioners more interested in theory or research. Its greatest quality is the pertinence and timeliness of its subjects. In particular, interventions for homeless children as well as natural disaster victims are unique contributions.
Assessment: This well written book is quite accessible to mental health professionals or graduate students. It can be read for theory or as a casebook based on the needs of the reader. It is a state-of-the-art overview of a highly challenging area of practice.
From the Publisher

"Filling a void for today's play therapist, this volume covers theories, research, and applications that have not yet been addressed in depth in other texts. It includes a diverse range of practical, hands-on approaches for specific populations. The book is accessible enough for students, yet will also serve as a practical, unique reference for experienced professionals. I highly recommend this much-needed addition to the literature."--Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S, The Astor Home for Children, Poughkeepsie, New York

"Schaefer and Kaduson bring together a wonderful collection of knowledgeable and thoughtful authors to inform, educate, and enlighten. Overviews of approaches and specific applications bring valuable, current information to the reader. Up-to-date reviews of research in the field are timely and helpful. This book is a valuable addition to the continually growing play therapy literature."--Linda Homeyer, PhD, Department of Educational Administration and Psychological Services, Texas State University-San Marcos

"A groundbreaking work in the field of play therapy. This book contains the most up-to-date literature by world-renowned researchers and master therapists. The book takes the reader to a more in-depth understanding and appreciation of what play therapy can do, and shows how to do it well. I highly recommend this volume to experienced play therapists as well as novices. It is an important addition to any play therapy library."--Cynthia Reynolds, PhD, RPT-S, Department of Counseling, University of Akron

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593856335
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/22/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 685,682
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S, a nationally renowned child psychologist, is Professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. He is cofounder and director emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy, and founder and codirector of the Play Therapy Training Institute in Hightstown, New Jersey. Dr. Schaefer is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Play Therapy. He has written or edited more than 50 books on parenting, child psychology, and play therapy, including The Therapeutic Use of Child's Play, Foundations of Play Therapy, Handbook of Play Therapy, Play Therapy with Adolescents, and Empirically Based Play Interventions for Children. Dr. Schaefer maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy in Hackensack, New Jersey.

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 codirector of the Play Therapy Training Institute. She has lectured internationally on play therapy, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and learning disabilities. Dr. Kaduson's publications include The Playing Cure and 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques (Volumes I, II, and III). With Charles E. Schaefer, she is coeditor of Short-Term Play Therapy for Children, Second Edition. Dr. Kaduson maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

I. Theory
1. Object Relations Play Therapy: Applications to Attachment Problems and Relational Trauma, Helen E. Benedict
2. Experiential Play Therapy, Carol C. Norton and Byron E. Norton
3. Dynamic Play Therapy, Steve Harvey
4. Narrative Play Therapy, Ann Cattanach
II. Research
5. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Theraplay, Herbert H. G. Wettig, Ulrike Franke, and Bess Sirmon Fjordbak
6. Evidence-Based Play Therapy, Dee C. Ray
III. Applications
7. "I'm Rich": Play Therapy with Children Who Are Homeless, Jennifer Baggerly
8. Treatment of Sexually Abused Children, Mary Margaret Kelly and Hope C. Odenwalt
9. Play Therapy for Girls Displaying Social Aggression, Myra M. Lawrence, Kristin Condon, Kathryn S. Jacobi, and Emily Nicholson
10. Culturally Competent Play Therapy with the Mexican American Child and Family, Roberto Robles
11. CLAYtherapy: The Clinical Application of Clay with Children, Paul R. White
12. Time-Limited Play Therapy to Enhance Resiliency in Children, Debra May
13. Coping with Disaster: Psychosocial Interventions for Children in International Disaster Relief, Erika Felix, David Bond, and Janine Shelby
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