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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael S. Goldsby, PhD, CCRP (Family Psychiatry of The Woodlands)
Description: This book offers effective play therapy approaches for children struggling with a range of crises in the family, school, and community. Through the use of case studies and expert contributors, the author explores issues involved in working with children who have experienced some of life's most stressful events including parental divorce, neglect, and violence.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a variety of play therapy methods to help practitioners more effectively treat children and their families dealing with anxiety resulting from crisis and trauma. It also presents a number of completely new variations on therapeutic interventions.
Audience: This book is clearly written for mental health practitioners across a broad spectrum of disciplines that are committed to helping children who have suffered stressful and traumatic life events, as well as for students taking graduate courses in social work and play therapy.
Features: In this third edition, the author uses the vast knowledge and clinical experience of seasoned experts in the field in order to inform readers about the particular issues inherent in this patient population. Pertinent case assessments and the use of various schools of therapeutic thought allow readers to better understand the practical application of the therapeutic techniques introduced throughout the book. Each chapter offers numerous follow-up study questions that challenge readers' understanding of the concepts.
Assessment: This is an extraordinary addition to the clinical literature. The scope, breadth, and depth of the book speak volumes about the clinical expertise of the author, who is an undisputed expert in the field of play therapy. In this groundbreaking third edition, she delivers a well organized, comprehensive book that offers traditional as well as up-to-date knowledge on play therapy methods. This much-needed resource is a timely addition to the professional literature.