Highly practical, instructive, and authoritative, this book vividly describes how to conduct child-centered play therapy. The authors are master clinicians who explain core therapeutic principles and techniques, using rich case material to illustrate treatment of a wide range of difficulties. The focus is on nondirective interventions that allow children to freely express their feelings and take the lead in solving their own problems. Flexible yet systematic guidelines are provided for setting up a playroom; structuring sessions; understanding and responding empathically to children's play themes, including how to handle challenging behaviors; and collaborating effectively with parents. This book will be important reading for mental health professionals working with children, including child psychologists, social workers, play and art therapists, counselors, family therapists, and psychiatrists. It will also serve as a supplemental text in clinically oriented graduate-level courses.
Preface. Part I: Background and Relevance. The Importance of Play. A Brief Overview of Play Therapy. History, Theory, Principles, and Variations of Child-Centered Play Therapy. Part II: Logistics and Techniques. Playroom Set-up and Logistics. The Four Skills of Child-Centered Play Therapy. Recognition and Interpretation of Play Themes. Part III: Parent Involvement. Engaging Parents and Teachers in Child-Centered Play Therapy. Filial Therapy. Part IV: Practical Applications and Issues. Child-Centered Play Therapy with Different Presenting Problems. Handling Select Child Behaviors and Special Circumstances. Touch in Child-Centered Play Therapy. Cultural and Systemic Considerations in the Practice of Child-Centered Play Therapy. Part V: Research and Professional Issues. Research on Child-Centered Play Therapy and Filial Therapy. Developing Competence in CCPT. Conclusion.