Developmental Play Therapy in Clinical Social Work / Edition 1

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Covers all aspects of play therapy with children in mental health clinics, schools, health settings, private practice offices, and child and family service agencies. This book draws on classic and current materials in developing a theoretically-framed, dynamic assessment and intervention model of clinical social work with children and their parents. It integrates concepts and practice principles with real-life case vignettes in individualized application to multiple problems in multiple practice settings. This stage-framed model presents in-depth use of play media, symbolic metaphor, therapeutic alliance, and developmental growth processes in assessing and treating children's developmental, emotional, and behavioral problems, conducting concurrent parent work, and evaluating practice outcome. Separate chapters focus on attachment problems, learning and attention problems, anxiety disorders, and trauma related to violence. For social workers working with children.

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"Drawing on classic and current materials and employing a psychodynamic developmental perspective, the authors have built a clinical social work model of developmental play therapy and concurrent parent work. This model reflects the biopsychosocial development of the child, developmental disturbances, and mental disorders, and the ways in which play in the context of therapeutic alliance makes use of developmental processes to stimulate change and growth" (from the Preface). The book provides an overview of play therapy, and addresses issues of assessment and planning, clinical application, and practice accountability, as well as discussing an alternative model. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205297498
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 9/15/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents


Biographical Sketches.



1.Developmental Play Therapy in Clinical Social Work.

Play in Growth and Development.

Biopsychosocial Functioning.

Play and Therapy.

2.Therapeutic Alliance and Developmental Change Process.

Therapeutic Alliance as Construct.

Therapeutic Alliance as Process.

Purposive Developmental Change Process.

3.Play Objects and Symbolic Metaphor: Tools in Developmental Change.

Creating a Play Environment.

Developmental Action Themes in Play Therapy.

The Play Knapsack.

4.Developmental Change Process across Treatment Stages.

Therapeutic Change.

Treatment Stages in Developmental Play Therapy.

The End Game.

5.Concurrent Parent Work.


Engagement at Intake.

Establishing Goals and Outcomes.


Treatment Issues in Concurrent Work.

Martha W. Chescheir, Ph.D., Course of Concurrent Parent Work: Dobson Family.

Case Discussion.


6.Parent Interviews in Biopsychosocial Assessment of Children.

The Art of Assessment.

Data Collection.

Data Consolidation.

Elizabeth M. Timberlake, D.S.W., Biopsychosocial Assessment: Zack Amanto.

Psychological Formulation.

7.Child Interviews in Biopsychosocial Assessment and Planning.

Developmental Realms: Concepts and Application.

Child Assessment Techniques.

The Mental Status Exam.

Case Formulation, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning.

Marika Moore Cutler, M.S.W., Biopsychosocial Assessment: Molly Jones.

Child Interview.


8.Barbara Peo Early, D.S.W., Integrating Cognitive Behavioral Theory with Play Therapy: An Alternative Model.

From the Roots of Cognitive and Behavioral Theories to Current Application with Children.

A Conceptual Context for Understanding Cognitive and Behavioral Theories: A Cyclical Model.

Integrating Cognitive and Behavioral Theories into Clinical Social Work with Childhood Problems.

The Model.

Using Cognitive and Behavioral Theories to Focus on Strengths in Child Therapy.


9.Attachment Problems.

Problems with Attachment.

Problems of Neglect, Foster Care, and Loss.

Reactive Attachment Disorders.

Support for Treatment Selection.

Karen Block, M.S.W., Course of Treatment: Ryan L.

Case Discussion.

10.Christine Anlauf Sabatino, D.S.W., Learning Disorders and Attention Deficit Disorders.

Understanding Learning Disabilities.

Understanding Attention-Deficit Hyeractivity Disorder.

Mary C. Owen, M.S.W., Course of Treatment: Sam.

Case Discussion.

11.Anxiety Disorders.

Clinical Syndrome.


Clinical Etiology.

Family Issues.

Empirical Support for Treatment Selection.

Marika Moore Cutler, M.S.W., Course of Treatment: Julie.

Case Discussion.

12.Post Traumatic Stress Disorders: Sexual Abuse and Community Violence.

Context of Traumatic Events.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Sexual Abuse.

Jennifer Weaver, M.S.W., Course of Treatment: Tina, a Case of Sexual Abuse.

Case Discussion: Tina.

Community Violence.

Marika Moore Cutler, M.S.W., Kanessa, a Case of Community Violence.


13.Michaela Z. Farber, D.S.W., Evaluating Therapeutic Change.

Incorporating Meaning into Measurement.

Creating Practice Outcome Questions.

Selecting Systematic Measurement Designs.

Measuring Outcomes.

Analyzing Data.

Elizabeth M. Timberlake, D.S.W., Treatment and Outcome Summary: Jack.


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