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School-Based Play Therapy

Athena A. Drewes (Editor), Lois J. Carey (Editor), Charles E. Schaefer (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-39402-0
416 pages
June 2001
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An essential guide that focuses on play therapy in schools

This landmark reference presents an A-to-Z guide for using play therapy in preschool and elementary school settings to help children prevent or resolve psychosocial dif?culties. Coedited by three experts in the ?eld, School-Based Play Therapy offers school counselors, psychologists, teachers, and social workers the latest techniques to help them develop their own creative approaches to utilizing the therapeutic powers of play.

Beginning with an overview that addresses multicultural concerns, a description of play instruments, and observational techniques, this practice-oriented book explains how to implement play therapy in schools, with solid advice on gaining acceptance from other staff members and administration. Covering both individual and group play therapy, it clearly describes proven approaches such as child-centered play therapy, Theraplay, sandplay, and art exercises. The thorough treatment of the subject combined with the contributors' incomparable expertise makes this an essential volume for all mental health professionals working in schools.
* Describes play therapy approaches for special populations, such as sexually abused children, ADD/ADHD, children of divorce, and others
* Includes innovative play therapy programs and tools
* Outlines how to construct portable play kits and set up a play space
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Part I. SCHOOL-BASED PLAY ASSESSMENT. '

Chapter 1. Using Play Therapy Assessment in an Elementary and Intermediate School Setting (M. Schmidt).
Chapter 2. Sandplay and Assessment Techniques with Preschool-Age Children'

Part II. IMPLEMENTING PLAY THERAPY IN THE SCHOOLS. '

Chapter 3. The Possibilities and Challenges in Using Play Therapy in Schools
Chapter 4. Play Objects and Play Spaces
Chapter 5. Play Therapy in a Special Education Preschool'

Part III. INDIVIDUAL PLAY THERAPY APPROACHES. '

Chapter 6. Child-Centered Play Therapy for At-Risk Elementary School Children
Chapter 7. Sandplay Therapy in a Time-Limited School-Based Program
Chapter 8. Play Therapy in a Residential Treatment Center
Chapter 9. Theraplay for Classrooms'

Part IV. GROUP PLAY THERAPY AND SPECIAL POPULATIONS. '

Chapter 10. Crisis Intervention Activity Groups in the Schools
Chapter 11. Play Therapy for Children of Alcoholics
Chapter 12. Playing the Unspeakable: Bereavement Programs in the School Setting
Chapter 13. Use of Play Therapy for Anger Management in the School Setting
Chapter 14. Use of Developmentally Appropriate Games in a Child Group Training Program for Young Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder '

Part V. ISSUES AND INNOVATIONS. '

Chapter 15. Chapter 1. Primary Mental Health Project: A School-Based Prevention Program
Chapter 16. Developmental Considerations in Play and Play Therapy with Traumatized Children
Chapter 17. An Integrative Play Therapy Approach to Working with Children
Chapter 18. Group Sandplay in Elementary Schools
Chapter 19. Innovative Applications of Play Therapy in School Settings
Chapter 20. Counselors Coaching Teachers to Use Play Therapy in Classrooms: The Play and Language to Succeed (PALS) Early, School-Based Intervention for Behaviorally At-Risk Children
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ATHENA A. DREWES, PsyD, RPT-S, is Senior Psychologist and Clinical Coordinator of the Astor Home for Children, a residential treatment center in New York. She is the founder and past-president of the New York branch of the Association for Play Therapy.
J. CAREY, MSW, CSW, is a social worker in private practice in New York and a supervisor for the Association for Play Therapy, as well as the current President of its New York branch.
CHARLES E. SCHAEFER, PhD, has been a major force behind the growth of play therapy practice in this country. He is cofounder and board member emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy, as well as the author/editor of numerous books on the subject, including Handbook of Play Therapy, vols. 1 and 2, Game Play, and Play Diagnosis and Assessment (all from Wiley). Schaefer is also Professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
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  • Describes play therapy approaches for special populations, such as sexually abused children, ADD/ADHD, children of divorce, and others
  • Includes innovative play therapy programs and tools
  • Outlines how to construct portable play kits and set up a play space
See More
This book is an essential volume for any practitioner working with young children. The authors have successfully delivered the rapprochement between the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of play therapy. The case studies included in the book add testaments to its success and effectiveness. School-Based Play Therapy will undoubtedly become a classic in the field. (Reviewed by Geraldine Oades-Sese in School Psychology Early Childhood Newsletter) "...an attractive book the discussion of games to play with young children with AdHD was very interesting and useful..." (Child Abuse Review, Jan-February 2003)

"...innovative and important in itself...practitioner friendly and accessible to an international audience..." (Jnl of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol 8(1))

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