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Game Play: Therapeutic Use of Childhood Games, 3rd Edition




Game Play: Therapeutic Use of Childhood Games, 3rd Edition

Jessica Stone, Charles E. Schaefer

ISBN: 978-1-119-55376-2 November 2019 300 Pages



The essential guide to game play therapy for mental health practitioners 

The revised and updated third edition of Game Play Therapy offers psychologists and psychiatrists a guide to game play therapy’s theoretical foundations and contains the practical applications that are appropriate for children and adolescents. Game playing has proven to invoke more goal-directed behavior, has the benefit of interpersonal interaction, and can perform a significant role in the adaptation to one's environment. With contributions from noted experts in the field, the third edition contains information on the time-tested, classic games and the most recent innovations and advances in game play approaches.

Game Play Therapy’s revised third edition (like the previous editions) continues to fill a gap in the literature by offering mental health practitioners the information needed to understand why and how to use this intervention effectively. The contributors offer advice for choosing the most useful games from the more than 700 now available and describe the fundamentals of administering the games. This important updated book:

  • Contains material on the recent advances in the field including information on electronic games and disorder-specific games
  • Includes illustrative case studies that explore the process of game therapy
  • Reviews the basics of the underlying principles and applications of game therapy
  • Offers a wide-range of games with empirical evidence of the effectiveness of game therapy 

Written for psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health clinicians, the revised third edition of Game Play Therapy offers a guide that shows how to apply game therapy techniques to promote socialization, encourage the development of identity and self-esteem, and help individuals master anxiety.

Part One Introduction

Foundations of Game Play Therapy
Charles E. Schaefer & Jessica Stone

Parent Involvement in Children’s Game Play: Accelerating the therapeutic impact
Mary Anne Peabody

Part Two Types of Games Used for Psychotherapy

Games of Chance
Holly Willard

Cooperative Games
Jennifer Taylor

Strategy Games
Jessica Stone

Physical Activity Games
Yolanda Fountain

Digital Games
Jessica Stone

Part Three Game Play Therapy for Treating Specific Problem Behaviors of Youth

Therapeutic Games for Control of Anger and Aggression in Children and Adolescents
Gary Yorke

Game Play Interventions for Aggressive Children with Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Heidi Kaduson

Therapeutic Games to Treat Anxieties and Fears
Sonia Murray

Therapeutic Games to Treat Grief and Loss in Children
Gary Yorke

Therapeutic Games for Social Skills
Adam Davis

Therapeutic Games for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Robert Jason Grant

Utilizing Games to Build Resilience in Children Impacted by Divorce
Jamie Lynn Langley

Therapeutic Games for Sexually-Abused Children
Sueann Kenny-Noziska

The Therapeutic Use of Games to Foster Attachment in Parent-Child Relationships
Clair Evans-Mellenthin