Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play / Edition 3

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Theraplay, A Pioneering Application of attachment theory to clinical work, helps parents learn and practice how to provide the playful engagement, empathic responsiveness, and clear guidance that lead to secure attachment and lifelong mental health in their children. This third edition of the groundbreaking book Theraplay shows how to use play to engage children in interactions that lead to competence, self-regulation, self-esteem, and trust. Theraplay's relationship-based approach is uniquely designed to help families facing today's busy and often chaotic lifestyle challenges form joyful, loving relationships.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470281666
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/9/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 794,205
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Phyllis B. Booth is clinical director of The Theraplay Institute in Chicago. Sheprovides training and supervision for Theraplay therapists throughout the world.

Ann M. Jernberg was the founder and director of The Theraplay Institute until her death in 1993. She provided the inspiration for the Theraplay approach and was theauthor of the first edition of this book.

The Theraplay Institute is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong families and emotionally healthy children and adults through training, treatment, advocacy, and research. The Institute also holds an international conference every other year, sponsors a research network, publishes a biannual newsletter, and can be contacted at

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition ix

The Authors xvii

Introduction xxi

Part 1 An Overview of the Theraplay Method 1

1 Learning the Basics of the Theraplay Method 3

2 Understanding the Theory and Research That Inform the Core Concepts of Theraplay Phyllis B. Booth Sandra Lindaman 39

3 Research Findings That Support the Effectiveness of Theraplay Rand Coleman 85

Part 2 Strategies for Theraplay Treatment 99

4 Structuring Theraplay Treatment 101

5 Working with the Child 159

6 Working with Parents 203

Part 3 Specific Applications of Theraplay 263

7 Theraplay for Children with Regulation Disorders Annie Kiermaier 265

8 Theraplay for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Sandra Lindaman Phyllis B. Booth 301

9 Theraplay for Children with Histories of Complex Trauma Phyllis B. Rubin Dafna Lender Jessica Mroz Miller 359

10 Theraplay for Children Who Are Adopted or in Foster Care Jessica Mroz Miller Dafna Lender Phyllis B. Rubin Sandra Lindaman 405

11 Theraplay for Adolescents William S. Fuller 449

12 Group Theraplay Phyllis B. Rubin 495

Appendix A Marschak Interaction Method: Recommended Basic List of Tasks 521

Appendix B Theraplay Activities by Dimension 525

References 547

Publications About Theraplay and the Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) 563

Index 593

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