Play Therapy Techniques / Edition 2

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Play Therapy Techniques was one of the first books compiled of both classic and recent play strategies to be offered to child clinicians. It proved to be a valuable sourcebook of useful and practical techniques for both novice and experienced play therapists because it included such a wide variety of play techniques. Among these are art, puppet, sand dramatic water, doll, costume and game play.

The second edition of Play Therapy Techniques includes seven new chapters in addition to the original twenty-four. These lively chapters expand the comprehensive scope of the book by describing issues involved in beginning and ending therapy, using metaphors, playing music and ball, and applying the renowned "Color your Life" technique.

The extensive selection of play techniques described in this book will add to the clinical repertoire of students and practitioners of child therapy and counseling. When used in combination with formal education and clinical supervision, Play Therapy Techniques, Second Edition, can be especially useful for developing treatment plans to address the specific needs of various clinical populations. Students and practitioners of child therapy and counseling, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and child life specialists will find this second of Play Therapy Techniques informative and clinically useful.

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Editorial Reviews

Describes a wide variety of both classical and innovative techniques in play therapy, including the use of symbols, natural media, drawing and art, storytelling, board games, and electronic games. For both novice and veteran play therapists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From The Critics
Written for child clinicians, students as well as practitioners, this text includes classic and recent strategies in a wide variety of play techniques, including art, puppet, sand, dramatic, water, doll, costume, and game play. Seven new chapters have been added to the second edition describing beginning and ending issues in play therapy, the use of metaphors, music and ball play, and the Color-Your-Life Technique. Schaefer teaches psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson U., Hackensack, New Jersey, and maintains a private psychotherapy practice; Cangelosi is a psychologist and play therapist. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Diana Siskind
This exceptionally comprehensive compilation of articles on play therapy techniques is interesting from a historical perspective as well as stimulating in its discussion of the special challenges that face the child therapist. Each chapter focuses on a specific play material, such as sand, water, finger paint, Nintendo games, and many others. Extensive clinical vignettes are used to illustrate the particular attributes of these play materials and how to effectively adapt them to meet the diagnostic picture presented by a particular child.
Louise Guerney
This wonderful collection of classic and contemporary articles provides a treasure house of virtually every technique of play therapy ever developed. Each technique has the potential for being a valuable addition to the individual practitioner's repertoire. By carefully and discriminatingly selecting those that can be integrated into the practitioner's philosophy of play and then consistently applying them over time, therapists will find the tools to create an approach that works for them and, more importantly, for the children they serve.
Rudolf Ekstein
Psychoanalytic tradition has it that the language of the adult patient is free association and the language of the child is play. In this book, the reader finds a rich opportunity to become acquainted with experienced colleagues' techniques and can select for himself what will fit his own personality, his own training, and enrich his technical skills. This book offers him a new world. It is recommended to those who want to help the child discover and master healthy ways of growing up.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765703606
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, New Jersey. Dr. Schaefer is the co-founder and Director Emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy, a national organization that includes international membership. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Among Dr. Schaefer's forty-five books are the outstanding Handbook of Play Therapy and The Therapeutic Use of Child's Play, both of which have become classics in the field. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice with children and their families in Hackensack, New Jersey. Donna Cangelosi, Psy. D., is a licensed psychologist and Registered Play therapist supervisor who maintains a private practice with children, adolescents, and adults in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, where she provides psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and parent education. She is co-editor of Play Therapy Techniques, Vol. 1, and The Playing Cure, and author of Saying Goodbye in Child Psychotherapy, as well as several chapters dealing with psychodynamic play therapy. Dr. Cangelosi is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Play Therapy.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Beginning Sessions of Child Therapy 9
3 Using Play and Art Techniques During the Ending Phase of Treatment 27
4 The Play-Interview 37
5 Structured Play Therapy 75
6 The Use of Two Houses in Play Therapy 93
7 Using Puppets for Assessment 101
8 Finger Puppets and Mask Making 115
9 Costume Play Therapy 123
10 Metaphoric Stories 133
11 Use of the Telephone in Play Therapy 143
12 Block Play 153
13 Sand Play 161
14 Water Play 169
15 The Use of Food in Therapy 175
16 Mud and Clay 185
17 Finger Painting 205
18 The Squiggle-Drawing Game 221
19 The Emotional Barometer 235
20 The Color-Your-Life Technique 245
21 Mutual Storytelling 257
22 Creative Characters 269
23 Role Playing 283
24 Relaxation Training for Children 295
25 Music Play Therapy 303
26 Use of Ball Play 313
27 Tote-Bag Play Therapy 323
28 Checkers 329
29 Chess 347
30 Nintendo Games 357
31 High-Tech Play Therapy 365
Credits 373
Index 377
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