Description: This much-anticipated update of a book on family therapy first published in 1994 provides an integrated view of working with children in the context of family therapy, as well as integrating adults in therapeutic play.
Purpose: The book reflects the developments in the field of family therapy as well as those of the author in the 20 years since the first edition was published. It presents a more integrative, more collaborative approach to family play therapy as well as developments in neuroscience that apply to the play therapy field.
Audience: Eliana Gil, a master in play therapy in the context of family therapy, is an internationally acclaimed family and play therapist. Her trainings in play therapy are considered among the best ways to learn to work with creative arts in the field of family therapy. This book is as useful to beginning therapists as it is to experienced clinicians who want to know more about integrating play therapy in their work with families.
Features: The author presents her model of using creativity, play, and metaphors in working with children and adults in family therapy. She presents the theoretical concepts at the foundation of her model, a history of play in family therapy, emphasizing a collaborative model of clinical practice. I find especially useful her case presentations, the delightful writing style that is both academic and accessible with a very sophisticated feel of a children's book so appropriate given the subject! The pictures of the artwork of her clients are very instructive and useful in understanding the cases.
Assessment: This is a masterful work from a master in the field - a must-read for students in family therapy as well as clinicians working with children as well as adults. The author discusses integrating adults in play, and the brain benefits of therapy using different means such as talk and creative arts. This second edition is almost entirely rewritten a much awaited update in the field of family therapy.