Supervision Can Be Playful: Techniques for Child and Play Therapist Supervisors

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Supervision Can Be Playful offers clinical supervisors of mental health professionals a comprehensive and thoughtful resource. The text focuses on the clinical supervision of child and play therapists, with supervision interventions that can be augmented for use with mental health professionals who provide supervision to adolescent and adult therapists. The perspectives discussed regarding the role of the clinical supervisor are universal and readers will find them relevant regardless of the age group they are working with. The text addresses the roles and processes of clinical supervision from a unique playful perspective, and from an eclectic theoretical orientation. Each chapter author offers a piece of the supervision puzzle and offers the reader clear guidelines for implementing techniques and the rationale behind them.

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Editorial Reviews

Nancy Boyd Webb
This book skillfully combines theory and practice with a variety of detailed case examples demonstrating how the use of playful interventions in supervision can foster the professional identity development of both beginning and experienced play therapists. Using a hand-on, creative approach this excellent resource and guide argues convincingly about the value of expressive and creative arts as effective tools in facilitating the professional growth of play therapy practitioners.
Joyce C. Mills
This book is a passionately written comprehensive and valued contribution to the field of supervision and play therapy. Each chapter combines the wisdom and expertise of many extraordinary clinicians, thereby opening the door for those of us who are supervisors and for those intending to become supervisors to expand our approaches and deepen our personal development.
Terry Kottman
I have been waiting for a book like this for 20 years! In my role as a play therapy supervisor, it has been frustrating not to have a guide for my practice in that area. Now I have one. Mullen and Drewes have gathered a potpourri of incredibly helpful chapters that cover everything from supervision models and cultural competence in play therapy supervision to the special considerations in supervising specific populations to facilitating self-awareness in the play therapy supervisee. They even include techniques for infusing the supervision process with fun. What more could you want?
Charles E. Schaefer
Practical advice for enhancing the supervision process by creative and playful interactions. A must read for all child clinicians who use play-based interventions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765705334
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/14/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S is director of clinical training and APA Internship at Astor Services for Children & Families. Dr. Drewes has written numerous articles and book chapters on play therapy, is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Play Therapy and Teaching and Education of Professional Psychologists, and she is a national and international presenter and trainer on play therapy. Jodi Ann Mullen, PhD, LMHC, NCC, RPT-S, is the coordinator of the graduate certificate program in Play Therapy at the State University of New York, 'swego, as well as the director of Integrative Counseling Services, PLLC, where she provides play therapy, counseling, consultation, and supervision.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I: Supervisory Styles and Critical Considerations Chapter 3 Chapter 1:Supervision: Models, Principles and Process Issues Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Sanding in Supervision: A Sand Tray Technique for Clinical Supervisors Chapter 5 Chapter 3: When Approaches Collide: A Decision-Making Model for Play Therapists Chapter 6 Chapter 4: Through a Cross-cultural Lens: How Viewing Childhood as a Distinct Culture Impacts Supervision Chapter 7 Chapter 5: Culturally Competent Supervision of Child and Play Therapists Part 8 Part II: Supervising Special Populations Chapter 9 Chapter 6:Supervising Counselors Who Work With Special Needs Children Chapter 10 Chapter 7:The Supervision Process: Working with Traumatized Children in Outpatient Mental Health Clinics Chapter 11 Chapter 8:Supervision of Play Therapists Working With Aggressive Children Chapter 12 Chapter 9:Supervising Filial Therapy Chapter 13 Chapter 10:Supervision of Group Play Therapy Chapter 14 Chapter 11: Enhancing Role Play Activities in Play Therapy Supervision Groups Part 15 Part III: Facilitating Self-Awareness Chapter 16 Chapter 12: Play Space Chapter 17 Chapter 13: Expressive Arts in a Humanistic Approach to Play Therapy Supervision: Facilitating Therapist Self Awareness andTherapeutic Process Chapter 18 Chapter 14: Supervision in the Sand Chapter 19 Chapter 15:Countertransference Play: Informing and Enhancing Therapist Self-Awareness Through Play Part 20 Part IV: Potpourri of Playful Techniques Chapter 21 Chapter 16: Playful Activities for Supervisors and Trainers Chapter 22 Chapter 17: Playful Supervision: Sharing Exemplary Exercises in the Supervision of Play Therapists

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