Advanced Play Therapy: Essential Conditions, Knowledge, and Skills for Child Practice

Advanced Play Therapy: Essential Conditions, Knowledge, and Skills for Child Practice

Advanced Play Therapy: Essential Conditions, Knowledge, and Skills for Child Practice

Advanced Play Therapy: Essential Conditions, Knowledge, and Skills for Child Practice

Synopsis

Current play therapy resources offer details on how to conduct play therapy, but are limited in addressing the challenges that develop when therapists conduct play therapy with real-life clients. Using the Child-Centered Play Therapy Approach, Ray has written the first book to address these complex play therapy subjects. Topics covered include: integrating field knowledge of play, development, and theory into the advanced play therapist's knowledge base; working with difficult situations, such as limit-setting, aggression, and parents; addressing modern work concerns like measuring progress, data accountability, and treatment planning; differentiating play therapy practice in school and community settings; and addressing complicated skills, such as theme work, group play therapy, and supervision. Ray also includes her Child Centered Play Therapy Treatment Manual, an invaluable tool for any play therapist accountable for evidence-based practice. This manual can also be found on the accompanying CD, along with treatment plan, session summary, and progress-tracking worksheets.

Excerpt

Play therapy, just what is that really? The mental health field is still struggling with that question and has been unable to reach agreement on the fundamental questions of what play therapy is and what the essential elements of a play therapy relationship are. Dee Ray takes a forthright approach in providing specific, clear, and focused explanations to these questions. She is theoretically grounded and consistent in her approach to applying child-centered principles to the play therapy process.

This is not a book about techniques. This book is about the person of the child, the person of the therapist, and the essential child-centered play therapy skills that are necessary in the process of developing a relationship with children, a process that becomes a way of life for the child-centered play therapist. Dee provides a description of each skill and develops a “feeling” for the application of the skill by taking the reader into the world of children through case examples showing how the skills “look” in the interaction between the therapist and child. Her trademark in this book is a continual process of demonstrating the application of child-centered play therapy principles, concepts, and skills with children in play therapy. The reader will often react with an expression of “Oh, now I not only see how that works with children, I understand why it works.” That is a rare quality in play therapy books.

Many readers will probably identify personally with Dee’s open exploration of her journey in becoming a child-centered play therapist from rejecting the concepts to embracing the process. It is this kind of personal and professional sharing that is thought provoking. Play therapists should know what they believe about children and play therapy, be able to explain . . .

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