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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.