Dialogue Of Touch / Edition 1

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Touch is essential for life, and what Viola Brody calls capable touching is the core of developmental play therapy, building both the self of the hurt child and his or her appreciation of the nurturing other. It thus makes way for dialogue between them and - as the dialogue becomes an organizing force for the child's behaving and relating - facilitates healing and maturation. In recognition of the crucial importance of 'knowing how to be present' with a child in a reparative role, Dr. Brody incorporates training in developmental play into the body of her book to provide therapists, teachers, and other helping professionals with the experience they need to understand and practice capable touching.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
Dialogue Of Touch is as informative as it is practical and a highly recommended addition to therapeutic reference book collections.
Sidney B. Simon
Viola Brody brings the wisdom of genuine maturity to her work. She combines it with a passion and a commitment that could move mountains. And it is mountains, indeed, that her book moves. With courage and enormous insight, she gets right into the heart of where touch needs to be in this uptight world. This is a book as practical as a mother's lap and as tender as a father's belief in you. Dr. Brody has my full support on her mission of mercy and enlightenment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765700889
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: Master Work Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Viola A. Brody is the originator of the Developmental Play Therapy approach. Former chief psychologist of the Child Guidance Clinic in St. Petersburg, Florida, she has been an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida and at Eckered College in St. Petersburg.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 1997 Edition
Introduction: The History and Method of Developmental Play Therapy 1
Ch. 1 Touching the Self: The Developmental Play Therapy Dialogue 13
Ch. 2 The Structure of Developmental Play Therapy: A Look at Some Developmental Play Therapy Sessions 23
Ch. 3 Touching Autism: Developmental Play Therapy with Jason 43
Ch. 4 Touching Psychosis: Developmental Play Therapy with Kenny 77
Ch. 5 The Developmental Play Group Program 139
Pt. 1 The One-to-One Child-Adult Play 141
Pt. 2 Circle Time 222
Ch. 6 Training: The Supervisory Model 251
The Preprogram Training Sessions for Trainees: Building a community 252
The Beginning: Saying Hello to the Children, Sessions 2-8 275
The Middle: The Play, Sessions 8-11 299
The End: Saying Goodbye, Sessions 11-13 313
Postprogram Session for Trainees: Reviewing and integrating their experiences 338
Review 351
References 355
Appendix Developmental Play Games 357
Index to Sessions 363
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