Doody's Review Service
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