Essentials of Play Therapy with Abused Children

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This informative video program from renowned practitioner and author Eliana Gil illuminates the unique benefits of play therapy for children who have been physically or sexually abused. Sharing her warmth and clinical insight, Dr. Gil brings viewers into the therapeutic playroom, describes how play activities fit into the reparative process, and provides helpful pointers for practice. With the help of child volunteers (not actual patients), the video demonstrates specific art ...
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Overview

This informative video program from renowned practitioner and author Eliana Gil illuminates the unique benefits of play therapy for children who have been physically or sexually abused. Sharing her warmth and clinical insight, Dr. Gil brings viewers into the therapeutic playroom, describes how play activities fit into the reparative process, and provides helpful pointers for practice. With the help of child volunteers (not actual patients), the video demonstrates specific art and play activities that can help children:
* Express feelings they are unable or unwilling to verbalize
* Work through painful experiences with familiar and comfortable materials
* Gain a sense of safety and mastery
* Resume developmental processes interrupted by abuse

Hands-on Demonstration of Art Materials and Toys
Viewers learn about the basic materials Dr. Gil employs in her work with abused children, from art supplies, to the sandtray, puppets, dollhouse, masks, and more. She explains how each is used and explores its rationale, helping viewers develop their own repertoire of toys and techniques. Illustrated throughout by children's evocative paintings and drawings, the program explores:
* The benefits of different activities for articulating children's inner experience
* Themes to look for in the play and artwork of abused children
* Individual differences in responses to abuse
* Balancing directive and nondirective approaches

Helping Children Feel Safe in the Therapy Setting
Sensitive to children's anxiety and fear, Dr. Gil shows how therapy itself can feel threatening to already vulnerable youngsters. She discusses how to allay children's fears about the unfamiliar environment, make them feel comfortable with materials and techniques, and establish a good working rapport.

The Manual
A handy companion manual amplifies themes presented in the video and provides resource lists and references for students and practitioners.


Play Therapy for Severe Psychological Trauma

A Unique Video Program from Eliana Gil
Children who have been victims of abuse or other stressful events may exhibit severe trauma-related symptoms. In this instructive video program, play and family therapist Eliana Gil elucidates the nature of trauma, how to recognize it clinically, and how to manage its powerful effects upon children's development with the use of artwork and play. Clinical demonstrations presented throughout are enhanced by Dr. Gil's empathic presence and her extensive experience working with traumatized children.

The Theory and Practice of Play Therapy for Trauma
Filled with moving examples of children's artwork, sand play, and other forms of creative expression, the program describes the specific therapeutic needs of traumatized children. Dr. Gil balances general conceptual guidelines with in-depth commentary on specific cases, illuminating:
*Stylistic and symbolic themes in these children's artwork
*How to respect children's defenses while guiding their play
*What it means to resolve a traumatic event
*The use of specific play media for working with trauma

Dissociative Symptoms and Posttraumatic Play
Children who have been traumatized often experience dissociation as well as other symptoms associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With a reenacted clinical interview, footage from an actual play therapy session, and detailed comparisons of the work of children who have been traumatized with that of normally functioning children, Dr. Gil helps viewers understand:
*What dissociation looks like in children's paintings and drawings
*Why dissociation occurs, and how it can be addressed in therapy
*The distinctive characteristics of posttraumatic play
*Concrete ways to intervene when repetitive or ritualized play becomes harmful

The Manual
A handy companion manual amplifies themes presented in the video and provides resource lists and references for students and practitioners.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Eliana Gil skillfully leads the viewer through the basics of play therapy and demonstrates the techniques utilized in her eclectic approach with abused children. Once again, Dr. Gil has made a significant contribution to the field of play therapy."--Garry L. Landreth, PhD, Founder, Center for Play Therapy, University of North Texas
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593854195
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Format: DVD - NTSC
  • Pages: 39
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Eliana Gil, PhD, is senior partner in a private group practice in Fairfax, Virginia, the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education, which provides therapy, consulting, and training services. She is also Director of Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy in northern Virginia. Dr. Gil has worked in the field of child abuse prevention and treatment for nearly 40 years. A licensed marriage, family, and child counselor; approved marriage and family therapy supervisor; registered play therapist; and registered play therapy supervisor, Dr. Gil has served on the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the National Resource Center on Child Sexual Abuse, and is a former President of the Association for Play Therapy. She is the author of The Healing Power of Play: Working with Abused Children; Play in Family Therapy; Treating Abused Adolescents; Helping Abused and Traumatized Children: Integrating Directive and Nondirective Approaches, and other acclaimed books and video programs on child abuse and related topics. Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Dr. Gil is bilingual and bicultural.

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