Family Play Therapy / Edition 1

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Overview

Play therapy and family therapy both are well established therapeutic paradigms. Often, however, play therapists have minimal contact with the nuclear family of which their child patient is a member. Similarly, family therapists frequently view young children as disruptive and exclude them from family sessions. By combining both play and family treatment modalities as this unique book Family Play Therapy suggests, all family members can participate in a therapeutic process which, in its inclusion of everyone, is more genuine and therefore successful. Family Play Therapy encourages the blending of play therapy and family therapy by discussing and demonstrating various techniques and diverse theoretical approaches that will enable readers to broaden their repertoire when working with families and their young children. Each author describes his or her own creative avenue of expression such as puppetry, psychodrama, and sandplay, which facilitate the family's communication, helping members to find new ways to hear each other. Family play therapy and play therapy need not be exclusionary. The two approaches actually can enhance and enrich each other. While each therapist ultimately will use his or her own ideas in the critical combining of both methods, Family Play Therapy offers various possibilities and as such, helps therapists to help their family patients to be readily engaged in treatment and to experience therapy as a fun, inclusive, transforming time together.

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Editorial Reviews

Emily Marlin
The good news of Family Play Therapy is that dysfunctional family patterns can be altered and children can be extricated from 'problem' roles by the wise melding of various family therapy and play therapy techniques. Mental health professionals will be enlightened, intrigued, and, hopefully, stimulated by this timely and sage text edited by Charles Schaefer and Lois Carey. This large collection of chapters by practitioners from many fields offers creative therapeutic styles that will educate and empower therapists to be more innovative in their work with children and families whatever their training and experience.
Nancy Boyd Webb
This book provides the missing, crucial link to unite child and family therapy. It gives family therapists practical information about using play therapy techniques, and offers play therapists a rationale and guidelines for including families in a child's therapy sessions. This is a much-needed text that promises to make a major impact on the practice of both child and family therapy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568211503
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Series: Child Therapy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 322
  • Sales rank: 1,162,759
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Schaefer, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Director, Psychological Services Center, Fairleigh Dickenson University, Hackensack, New Jersey. Dr. Schaefer is the founder and chairman of the Board of the Association for Play Therapy, a national organization that includes international members. He maintains a private practice with children and their families in Hackensack. Lois Carey, M.S.W., is the Director of the Center for Sandplay Studies, in Upper Grandview, New York, where she also has a private therapy practice with children and families.

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