Academic journal article School Social Work Journal

Child-Centered Play Therapy Workbook

Academic journal article School Social Work Journal

Child-Centered Play Therapy Workbook

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Child-Centered Play Therapy Workbook Jodi Ann Mullen and June M. Rickli Research Press, Champaign, IL, 2014 149 pages, softcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-59857-682-5

Reviewed by Danny Porter

Child-Centered Play Therapy Workbook is a self-directed and simple-to-use workbook for both beginning and advanced school social workers and similar professionals. The goal of the book is to assist the professional with useful, engaging, and interactive activities to support child-centered play therapy. This workbook empowers the reader to engage in an interactive process to learn the foundation and skills of this practice approach. Interestingly, it provides the authors' thoughts and personal experiences throughout the chapters to help enrich the reader's personal journey and development. The workbook offers the opportunity to see through the child's eyes. Empathizing, tracking, limit setting, cultural considerations, and stages of therapeutic levels are all incorporated.

After a brief introduction to what play therapy is and how it can be used, part 1 focuses on empathy. The activities provide ways in which to engage youth in reflective feelings and stress the importance of empathizing versus giving solutions. Part 1 is quite brief, and the reader may wish for a bit more focus on the topic. The central purpose of part 2 is the importance of a child-centered approach. The focus includes a discussion of why one should use this approach versus other forms of therapy. The basic principles for this type of therapeutic strategy are described. Lastly, the reader will likely be delighted to see that the authors recognize childhood as a culture of its own and focus a number of pages on how to incorporate childhood culture into practice. …

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