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Play therapy can be enormously beneficial to children facing a wide range of psychological problems and stressful life situations. This practical volume presents a variety of play approaches that facilitate children's healing in a shorter time frame. Ideal for practitioners working within managed care, the book describes effective short-term methods for working with individual children, families, and groups. Chapters feature session-by-session guidelines and lively clinical illustrations that bring diverse techniques and theoretical orientations to life. Strategies are provided for addressing such difficulties as fears and phobias, grief, behavior problems, ADHD, and the effects of sexual abuse. Also covered are short-term interventions for teen parents and their children, children in divorced or adoptive families, and those whose families are affected by chronic illness.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A very timely book, rich in methodology and technique....Enjoyable and thought-provoking, this book provides a foundation for creative interventions which practitioners can build upon and adapt to meet their own needs. Recommended to all social workers in this clinical field and to students preparing for field practice."--CASW Bulletin (Canadian Association of Social Workers)

"In each of the papers comprising this book for practitioners is a session-by-session set of plans for work with a patient group presenting with one of the following problems: fear and phobias, grief, trauma, attention-deficit disorder, divorcing parents, chronic illness, adoption, disruptive behavior, sexual abuse, deficits in social skills, and lack of parental skills....This is an excellent text for novices and for therapists making a transition from traditional psychodynamic work to a more short-term, problem-focused approach....Its orientation is certainly congruent with our present managed care environment."--Readings

"This approach is particularly useful for clinicians working in managed care or other environments where time and resources may be limited. A wide range of techniques and theoretical orientations are represented."--Journal of Social Work Education

"Scholarly, comprehensive, insightful, thought-provoking, Short-Term Play Therapy for Children is a seminal, highly recommended work that calls upon the best minds in the field of child psychology and therapy to create an invaluable text and reference for students and practitioners."--Wisconsin Bookwatch

"This is a very timely book that draws upon a wide breadth of talent in the field of play therapy. It is rich in methodology and technique, and will help practitioners conform to the rigors of the new territory of managed care. A wide variety of diagnoses are addressed, and the techniques are focused and powerful in finding timely resolutions to difficult situations. Enjoyable and thought-provoking, the book provides a foundation for creative interventions which practitioners can build upon and adapt to meet their own needs."--John Paul Lilly, MS, LCSW, RPT/S, Brigham Young University

"This superior, well-balanced collection is an indispensable guide for professionals interested in a time-limited approach to the treatment of childhood emotional, behavioral, and family difficulties. Brilliantly practical and easily implemented, the imaginative techniques presented in each chapter will be a welcome addition to the repertoire of seasoned professionals as well as budding therapists seeking concrete, step-by-step guidelines. Readers will be further enlightened by the presentation of the theoretical framework underlying each innovative therapeutic format, as well as the engaging case studies. After reading this book, child and family therapists from various professional backgrounds will be much better equipped to confront and triumph over the enormous challenges presented by managed care mandates."--Karen Gitlin-Weiner, PsyD, private practice, Hicksville, NY

"This is a welcome guide to short-term play therapy with children. Chapters have been selected to demonstrate a range of short-term play therapy approaches, for use in child therapy with individuals, families, and groups. Short-term therapy is the wave of the future, and this book will help practitioners navigate the waters with confidence and skill."--Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, University Distinguished Professor of Social Work, Fordham University

Recognizing that managed care often places time constraints upon therapists, the editors (both private practitioners of child psychotherapy) have brought together 13 contributions that provide short-term approaches to play therapy for children, family play therapy, and group play therapy. Strategies including cognitive- behavioral, gestalt, client-centered, structured, filial, and parent- child interaction play therapies are discussed as useful interventions for such issues as phobias, grief, trauma, classroom disturbance, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572307209
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Heidi Gerard Kaduson, PhD, specializes in evaluation and intervention services for children with a variety of behavioral, emotional, and learning problems. She is past president of the International Association for Play Therapy and codirector of The Play Therapy Training Institute, Inc. She has lectured internationally on play therapy, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and learning disabilities. Widely published, Dr. Kaduson maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy in Hightstown, New Jersey.

Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, a nationally renowned child psychologist, is Professor of Psychology and director of the Center for Psychological Services at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. He is director emeritus of the International Association for Play Therapy and has written or edited more than 40 books on parenting, child psychology, and play therapy. Dr. Schaefer maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy in Hackensack, New Jersey.
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Table of Contents

I. Individual Play Therapy
1. Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy for Childhood Fears and Phobias, Susan M. Knell
2. Short-Term Gestalt Play Therapy for Grieving Children, Violet Oaklander
3. Child-Centered Play Therapy with Disruptive School Students, Carol Mader
4. Brief Therapy with Traumatized Children: A Developmental Perspective, Janine S. Shelby
5. Structured Short-Term Play Therapy for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Heidi Gerard Kaduson
6. Short-Term Solution-Oriented Play Therapy for Children of Divorced Parents, Julia A. Trebing
II. Family Play Therapy
7. Short-Term Play Therapy for Families with Chronic Illness, RiseVanFleet
8. Theraplay for Enhancing Attachment in Adopted Children, Phyllis B. Booth, and Sandra Lindaman
9. Involving and Empowering Parents in Short-Term Play Therapy for Disruptive Children, Cheryl B. McNeil, Alisa Bahl, and Amy D. Herschell
10. Family Play Therapy and Child Psychiatry in an Era of Managed Care, Thomas G. Hardaway, II
III. Group Play Therapy
11. A Creative Play Therapy Approach to the Group Treatment of Young Sexually Abused Children, Loretta Gallo-Lopez
12. Play Group Therapy for Social Skills Deficits in Children, Charles E. Schaefer, Heidi E. Jacobsen, and Marjan Ghahramanlou
13. A Play-Based Teen Parenting Program to Facilitate Parent-Child Attachment, Sue A. Ammen
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