This book vividly shows how creative arts and play therapy can help children recover from experiences of disrupted or insecure attachment. Leading practitioners explore the impact of early relationship difficulties on children's emotions and behavior. Rich case material brings to life a range of therapeutic approaches that utilize art, music, movement, drama, creative writing, and play. The volume covers ways to address attachment issues with individuals of different ages, as well as their caregivers. Chapters clearly explain the various techniques and present applications for specific populations, including complex trauma survivors.
About the Author
Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT, is an art therapist, expressive arts therapist, and clinical mental health counselor, as well as a recognized authority on art therapy with children, adults, and families. She has given more than 400 presentations on art therapy and has published numerous articles, chapters, and books, including Understanding Children’s Drawings and Handbook of Art Therapy, Second Edition. Dr. Malchiodi is the founder and executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute. She has worked with a variety of community, national, and international agencies, particularly on the use of art therapy for trauma intervention, disaster relief, mental health, medical illness, and prevention. She is the first person to have received all three of the American Art Therapy Association's highest honors: Distinguished Service Award, Clinician Award, and Honorary Life Member Award. She has also received honors from the Kennedy Center and Very Special Arts in Washington, DC. A passionate advocate for the role of the arts in health, she is a blogger for Psychology Today. Dr. Malchiodi is coeditor (with David A. Crenshaw) of Guilford's Creative Arts and Play Therapy series. David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S, is Clinical Director of the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, New York, and Adjunct Faculty at Marist College. He has taught graduate courses in play therapy at Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University and has published widely on child and adolescent therapy, child abuse and trauma, and resilience in children. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of its Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Dr. Crenshaw has received lifetime achievement awards from the New York Association for Play Therapy and the Hudson Valley Psychological Association. He is a past chair of the board of directors of the Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Abuse and a member of the professional advisory board of the Courthouse Dogs Foundation and of the Dutchess County Task Force against Human Trafficking. He is coeditor (with Cathy A. Malchiodi) of Guilford's Creative Arts and Play Therapy series.
Table of Contents
I. Introduction 1. Creative Arts Therapy Approaches to Attachment Issues, Cathy A. Malchiodi 2. Play Therapy Approaches to Attachment Issues, David A. Crenshaw II. Clinical Applications: Approaches to Working with Attachment Issues 3. Attachment Theory as a Road Map for Play Therapists, Anne Stewart, William F. Whelan, and Christen Pendleton 4. Art Therapy, Attachment, and Parent–Child Dyads, Cathy A. Malchiodi 5. Music Therapy with Children with Developmental Trauma Disorder, Jacqueline Z. Robarts 6. Moving with the Space between Us: The Dance of Attachment Security, Christina Devereaux 7. The Integration of Drama Therapy and Play Therapy in Attachment Work with Traumatized Children, Eliana Gil and Teresa Dias 8. Overcoming Complex Trauma with Filial Therapy, Glade L. Topham, Risë VanFleet, and Cynthia C. Sniscak 9. Theraplay in Reunification Following Relational Trauma, Phyllis B. Booth, Sandra Lindaman, and Marlo L.-R. Winstead 10. The Creative Use of Metaphor in Play and Art Therapy with Attachment Problems, Eliana Gil 11. The Neurobiological Power of Play: Using the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics to Guide Play in the Healing Process, Richard L. Gaskill & Bruce D. Perry III. Clinical Applications: Approaches to Working with At-Risk Populations 12. Helping Foster Care Children Heal from Broken Attachments, Athena A. Drewes 13. Chronic Early Trauma as a Childhood Syndrome and Its Relationship to Play, Steven Tuber, Kira Boesch, Jessica Gorkin, and Madeleine Terry 14. The Princess and Dal Bhat Tarkari: Play Therapy with Children of Cross-Cultural Adoption, Henry Kronengold 15. Turning Back the Clock: Life before Attachment Trauma, David A. Crenshaw and Jennifer Lee 16. Integrated Play Therapy with Childhood Traumatic Grief, John W. Seymour 17. Mending Broken Attachment in Displaced Children: Finding "Home" through Play Therapy, Jennifer N. Baggerly and Eric J. Green
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Art Therapist Cathy Malchiodi and Play Therapist David Crenshaw have co-edited a book that is the first volume in a new Guilford Press series, "Creative Arts and Play Therapy." The authors do a compelling job explaining that creative, experiential, sensory based therapies stimulate the right brain and help reestablish positive and secure attachment and should be considered the most effective approaches to use with children for whom it comes naturally. Attachment theory and recent brain research is interwoven with detailed clinical approaches including applications to specific populations. A variety of therapeutic approaches from expert clinicians are detailed out in case vignettes giving the reader the sense of being present in the therapy room and witnessing the healing process as it unfolds. Malchiodi and Crenshaw should be commended for their collaborative efforts that have resulted in a wonderful book that is sure to become a staple among both art and play therapists.