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Play Therapy Techniques

Play Therapy Techniques

by Charles E. Schaefer, Donna M. Cangelosi


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Play Therapy Techniques

Play Therapy Techniques was one of the first books compiled of both classic and recent play strategies to be offered to child clinicians. It proved to be a valuable sourcebook of useful and practical techniques for both novice and experienced play therapists because it included such a wide variety of play techniques. Among these are art, puppet, sand dramatic water, doll, costume and game play.

The second edition of Play Therapy Techniques includes seven new chapters in addition to the original twenty-four. These lively chapters expand the comprehensive scope of the book by describing issues involved in beginning and ending therapy, using metaphors, playing music and ball, and applying the renowned "Color your Life" technique.

The extensive selection of play techniques described in this book will add to the clinical repertoire of students and practitioners of child therapy and counseling. When used in combination with formal education and clinical supervision, Play Therapy Techniques, Second Edition, can be especially useful for developing treatment plans to address the specific needs of various clinical populations. Students and practitioners of child therapy and counseling, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and child life specialists will find this second of Play Therapy Techniques informative and clinically useful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780876681763
Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/1994
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 295
Product dimensions: 6.54(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, New Jersey. Dr. Schaefer is the co-founder and director emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy, a national organization that includes international membership. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. Among Dr. Schaefer's forty-five books are the outstanding Handbook of Play Therapy and The Therapeutic Use of Child's Play, both of which have become classics in the field. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice with children and their families in Hackensack, New Jersey. Donna M. Cangelosi, Psy. D., is a licensed psychologist and registered play therapist supervisor who maintains a private practice with children, adolescents, and adults in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, where she provides psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and parent education. She is co-editor of Play Therapy Techniques, Vol. 1, and The Playing Cure, and author of Saying Goodbye in Child Psychotherapy, as well as several chapters dealing with psychodynamic play therapy. Dr. Cangelosi is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Play Therapy.

Table of Contents

Part IBeginning and Ending Phases of Play Therapy
2.Beginning Sessions of Child Therapy9
3.Using Play and Art Techniques During the Ending Phase of Treatment27
Part IISymbolic Play Techniques
4.The Play-Interview37
5.Structured Play Therapy75
6.The Use of Two Houses in Play Therapy93
7.Using Puppets for Assessment101
8.Finger Puppets and Mask Making115
9.Costume Play Therapy123
10.Metaphoric Stories133
11.Use of the Telephone in Play Therapy143
12.Block Play153
Part IIIPlay Techniques Using Natural Media
13.Sand Play161
14.Water Play169
15.The Use of Food in Therapy175
16.Mud and Clay185
Part IVDrawing and Art Techniques in Play Therapy
17.Finger Painting205
18.The Squiggle-Drawing Game221
19.The Emotional Barometer235
Part VStorytelling, Role Playing, and Other Techniques
20.The Color-Your-Life Technique245
21.Mutual Storytelling257
22.Creative Characters269
23.Role Playing283
24.Relaxation Training for Children295
25.Music Play Therapy303
26.Use of Ball Play313
27.Tote-Bag Play Therapy323
Part VIBoard Games
Part VIIElectronic Games in Play Therapy
30.Nintendo Games357
31.High-Tech Play Therapy365

What People are Saying About This

Louise Guerney

This wonderful collection of classic and contemporary articles provides a treasure house of virtually every technique of play therapy ever developed. Each technique has the potential for being a valuable addition to the individual practitioner's repertoire. By carefully and discriminatingly selecting those that can be integrated into the practitioner's philosophy of play and then consistently applying them over time, therapists will find the tools to create an approach that works for them and, more importantly, for the children they serve.

Rudolf Ekstein

Psychoanalytic tradition has it that the language of the adult patient is free association and the language of the child is play. In this book, the reader finds a rich opportunity to become acquainted with experienced colleagues' techniques and can select for himself what will fit his own personality, his own training, and enrich his technical skills. This book offers him a new world. It is recommended to those who want to help the child discover and master healthy ways of growing up.

Diana Siskind

This exceptionally comprehensive compilation of articles on play therapy techniques is interesting from a historical perspective as well as stimulating in its discussion of the special challenges that face the child therapist. Each chapter focuses on a specific play material, such as sand, water, finger paint, Nintendo games, and many others. Extensive clinical vignettes are used to illustrate the particular attributes of these play materials and how to effectively adapt them to meet the diagnostic picture presented by a particular child.

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