School-Based Play Therapy

School-Based Play Therapy

School-Based Play Therapy

School-Based Play Therapy

Synopsis

The fully updated and revised Second Edition presents an A-to-Z guide for using play therapy in preschool and elementary school settings. This comprehensive reference covers why and how to implement a play therapy program in school settings; play-based prevention programs; individual play therapy approaches as well as group play; and play therapy with special populations. Co-edited by proven authors and acknowledged experts in the field, School-Based Play Therapy offers school counselors, psychologists, social workers, and teachers the latest techniques to develop their own creative approaches to utilizing the therapeutic powers of play.

Excerpt

If ever we needed play therapy in the schools, it is now! With the rapid increase in school violence, bullying, homeless children and families, angry and aggressive children, and children exposed to chronic trauma situations, both human-made and by nature, play therapy is needed more than ever in the schools. Schools are the place where children spend a majority of their day, learning, socializing, and having their self-esteem shaped. It makes sense that in this environment, school clinicians would be able to have a significant impact in helping to heal children and adolescents suffering from emotional and behavioral difficulties. The healing powers of play as a treatment modality and play in therapy or counseling can significantly help children and adolescents decrease their emotional and behavioral difficulties. With the growth of play therapy as a respected modality, many school counselors, psychologists, teachers, and social workers have been searching for techniques that could be incorporated into their school settings.

This second edition is born out of our desire to help meet school clinicians’ needs. The invited authors in this text have many years of expertise working in school settings, both in the public and private sectors, and have a broad range of experience with the age groups that they serve. They bring a wealth of knowledge on how to use play therapy to work with children and adolescents in individual and group settings and with a variety of tools.

Two-thirds of the chapters in this volume are new chapters focusing on up-to-date approaches. The remaining one-third are chapters from the first edition that we felt were important to include. These chapters have been updated to include recent developments over the last ten years. This volume is divided into six parts. Part I addresses the therapeutic power of play and offers a review of the outcome research of school-based play therapy. Part II gives the school clinician practical information on how to incorporate play therapy in the schools, along with the concomittant challenges and barriers that are encountered.

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