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Foundations of Play Therapy, 2nd Edition

Charles E. Schaefer (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-01326-7 March 2011 416 Pages


The landmark guide to play therapy—completely updated and revised

Edited by Charles E. Schaefer—the "father of play therapy"—Foundations of Play Therapy, Second Edition is a complete, state-of-the-art guide to the many diverse approaches to, and methods used in, play therapy practice with children and adolescents.

Featuring an expert panel of contributors, this comprehensive reference provides up-to-date and insightful coverage of all of the major theoretical models of play therapy and offers practical examples for the application of each model, including:

  • Narrative play therapy

  • Solution-focused play therapy

  • Experiential play therapy

  • Release play therapy

  • Integrative play therapy

  • Psychoanalytic approaches to play therapy

  • Child-centered play therapy

  • Gestalt play therapy

  • Family play therapy

  • Cognitive behavioral play therapy

  • Prescriptive play therapy

Written for therapists looking for guidance on how to incorporate play therapy into their practice, as well as students or those in need of a refresher on the latest methods and techniques, Foundations of Play Therapy, Second Edition is a standard-setting resource presenting pragmatic and useful information for therapists at all levels of training.

Preface ix

About the Editor xi

Contributors xiii

Part I Fundamentals of Play Therapy Practice 1

Chapter 1: Play Therapy: Basic Concepts and Practices 3
Julie Blundon Nash and Charles E. Schaefer

Chapter 2: The Therapeutic Powers of Play and Play Therapy 15
Charles E. Schaefer and Athena A. Drewes

Chapter 3: Playing It Safe: Ethical Issues in Play Therapy 27
Cynthia A. Reynolds and Laura J. Tejada

Part II Major Theoretical Approaches 39

Psychodynamic Models 41

Chapter 4: Psychoanalytic Approaches to Play Therapy 43
Alan J. Levy

Chapter 5: Jungian Analytical Play Therapy 61
Eric J. Green

Chapter 6: Adlerian Play Therapy 87
Terry Kottman

Chapter 7: Release Play Therapy 105
Heidi Gerard Kaduson

Humanistic Models 127

Chapter 8: Child-Centered Play Therapy 129
Daniel S. Sweeney and Garry L. Landreth

Chapter 9: Filial Therapy: Strengthening Family Relationships with the Power of Play 153
Risë VanFleet

Chapter 10: Gestalt Play Therapy 171
Violet Oaklander

Chapter 11: Experiential Play Therapy 187
Carol C. Norton and Byron E. Norton

Systemic Models 205

Chapter 12: Family Play Therapy: Igniting Creative Energy, Valuing Metaphors, and Making Changes from the Inside Out 207
Eliana Gil

Chapter 13: Group Play Therapy 227
Daniel S. Sweeney

Chapter 14: Ecosystemic Play Therapy 253
Kevin O’Connor

Emerging Models 273

Chapter 15: Theraplay: Attachment-Enhancing Play Therapy 275
Evangeline Munns

Chapter 16: Solution-Focused Play Therapy: Helping Children and Families Find Solutions 297
Donald R. Nims

Chapter 17: Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy 313
Susan M. Knell

Chapter 18: Narrative Play Therapy 329
Aideen Taylor de Faoite

Chapter 19: Integrative Play Therapy 349
Athena A. Drewes

Chapter 20: Prescriptive Play Therapy 365
Charles E. Schaefer

Author Index 379

Subject Index 391