Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy: Theory and Practice

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Incorporating mindfulness and family therapy into play-family sessions.
When a child is offered a space to relax the “busy mind,” his experience is comparable to mindfulness meditation. Therapists can help children remain in this calm state—in the state of the present moment—if they have the right tools and techniques to do so. During this stillness, a child can reach a level of consciousness that is parallel to the deepened awareness that occurs during mindfulness meditation. ...

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Overview

Incorporating mindfulness and family therapy into play-family sessions.
When a child is offered a space to relax the “busy mind,” his experience is comparable to mindfulness meditation. Therapists can help children remain in this calm state—in the state of the present moment—if they have the right tools and techniques to do so. During this stillness, a child can reach a level of consciousness that is parallel to the deepened awareness that occurs during mindfulness meditation. Conducting play sessions in this stage allows for healing and progress. Not only can the symptoms of children’s pain be reduced in intensity and duration, but their self-esteem can be enhanced.
This book presents a new and comprehensive framework for helping children through play therapy within the context of the family and incorporating ideas from the practice of mindfulness. This experience-based therapeutic model respectfully derives from the best roots of traditional family therapy and play therapy modalities. Additionally, it draws from child development theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and mindfulness. Either spontaneous play or directed play can be used according to the need.

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“Through a creative blending of mindfulness and play-family therapy, Dottie Higgins-Klein demonstrates, in detail, how to work through trauma by combining deep individual play therapy with steady parental involvement—an often challenging task for therapists. This book provides practical answers and innovative techniques to help therapists work with children and their parents.”
Athena A. Drewes
“Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy is a gem of a book! Dottie Higgins-Klein takes us on a journey from how to understand and implement this unique treatment technique to witnessing the Zen of the child's play therapy experience. Using a step-by-step approach, she walks readers through the world of play and family therapy, utilizing a strength-based early attachment and developmental lens. Rich with detailed session examples, resources, and an in-depth case study that helps to weave it all into a practical guide, MBPFT is a must-have book for both beginners and seasoned clinicians.”
Rie Rogers Mitchell
“Through a creative blending of mindfulness and play-family therapy, Dottie Higgins-Klein demonstrates, in detail, how to work through trauma by combining deep individual play therapy with steady parental involvement—an often challenging task for therapists. This book provides practical answers and innovative techniques to help therapists work with children and their parents.”
B. Janet Hibbs
“Therapists will benefit from this book’s creative and comprehensive integration of play therapy, child development, mindfulness, and contextual family theory. Dottie Higgins-Klein provides a candid overview of the therapeutic characteristics of Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy, segueing into the nuances of treating children with both commonly occurring as well as traumatic experiences. A unique contribution to the literature, this book explores the applications of mindfulness through symbolic play and sandtray therapy. A case study concludes the book, beautifully illustrating MBPFT’s practical considerations and theoretical concepts.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393708639
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/9/2013
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 626,965
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dottie Higgins-Klein is Clinical and Administrative Director ofThe Family and Play Therapy Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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