Building on children's natural inclinations to pretend and reenact, play therapy is widely used in the treatment of psychological problems in childhood. 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques incorporates methods developed to elicit the best responses from children by therapists representing cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and other orientations, and selected for their practicality, specificity, and originality. Arranged for easy reference, each bearing a succinct description and targeted application, the interventions illustrated-including Fantasy, Storytelling, Expressive Arts, Game Play, Puppet Play, Play Toys and Objects, and Group Play-have been used with success to address such common problems as low self-esteem and unresolved fear and anger, as well as more serious difficulties arising from loss, abuse, and sexual trauma. All the contributors share the enthusiasm and respect of editors Kaduson and Schaefer for the special value of play therapy in reaching and healing young patients.
Together, they have created an eclectic, accessible, and comprehensive resource for students and professionals that will also support parents seeking to open new lines of communication with their children.
Heidi Gerard Kaduson, PhD, RPT-S, specializes in evaluation and intervention services for children with a variety of behavioral, emotional, and learning problems. She is past president of the Association for Play Therapy and co-director of the Play Therapy Training Institute. Kaduson has co-edited many books and maintains a private practice in Monroe Township, New Jersey. Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S, is professor emeritus of psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, New Jersey. Schaefer is cofounder and director emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. Among Schaefer's sixty-five books are the outstanding Handbook of Play Therapy and The Therapeutic Use of Child's Play, both of which have become classics in the field. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice for children and their families in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Part 1 Section One: Fantasy Techniques Chapter 2 The Playing Baby Game Chapter 3 Using Guided Imagery to Augment the Play Therapy Process Chapter 4 The Rosebush Chapter 5 Pretending to Know How Part 6 Section Two: Storytelling Techniques Chapter 7 The Feeling Word Game Chapter 8 The Card Story Game Chapter 9 Storytelling with Felts Chapter 10 The Box of Buttons Technique Chapter 11 Computer Storytelling Chapter 12 Using Metaphors, Fairy Tales, and Storytelling in Psychotherapy with Children Chapter 13 Art or Verbal Metaphors for Children Experiencing Loss Chapter 14 The Guess My Word Story Game Chapter 15 The Scarf Story Chapter 16 Storytelling with Objects Part 17 Section Three: Expressive Arts Techniques Chapter 18 The Before and After Drawing Technique Chapter 19 Feeling Balloons Chapter 20 Magic Art Chapter 21 The Yarn Drawing Game Chapter 22 Clayscapes Chapter 23 Bad Dreams Chapter 24 The Personality Pie Chapter 25 Life Maps Chapter 26 Play Art Chapter 27 Gloop: Treating Sensory Deprivation Chapter 28 The Clay Squiggle Technique Chapter 29 Expressive Arts Playdough Chapter 30 Inner-Reference Chapter 31 Reworking Chapter 32 A Line Down the Middle of the Page Chapter 33 Create-a-Community Chapter 34 Outline Drawings of Boys and Girls Chapter 35 The Picture Drawing Game Chapter 36 The Color-Emotive Brain Chapter 37 Scribble Art Chapter 38 The Feelings Tree Chapter 39 Design-a-Dad Chapter 40 Synthetic Clay in Play Therapy Part 41 Section Four: Game Play Techniques Chapter 42 Checkers: Rules or No Rules Chapter 43 Pounding Away Bad Feelings Chapter 44 The Pick-Up Sticks Game Chapter 45 The Stealing Game Chapter 46 Consequences: Reaching the Oppositional Defiant Adolescent Chapter 47 Hide-and-Seek in Play Therapy Chapter 48 The Spy and the Sneak Chapter 49 Pool Play: Helping Children Get Out from Behind the Eight Ball Chapter 50 Tumbling Feelings: Easing Children into the Counseling Relationship Chapter 51 Make Your Own Board Game Chapter 52 Chess Playing as a Metaphor for Life Choices Part 53 Section Five: Puppet Play Techniques Chapter 54 Battaro and the Puppet House Chapter 55 The Dowel Finger Puppet Technique Chapter 56 Create-a-Puppet Chapter 57 Using a Puppet to Create a Symbolic Client Chapter 58 Puppetry Chapter 59 On One Hand ... and Then on the Other Part 60 Section Six: Play Toys and Objects Techniques Chapter 61 BodySox Chapter 62 The Me Doll Chapter 63 Tearing Paper Chapter 64 The Mad Game Chapter 65 Sculpt-It Chapter 66 The Magic Carpet Technique Chapter 67 The Snake Chapter 68 The Baby Bottle Technique Chapter 69 The T-Shirt Technique Chapter 70 The Photo Album Technique Chapter 71 The Angry Tower Chapter 72 Balloons of Anger Chapter 73 The Worry Can Technique Chapter 74 The Cardboard City Chapter 75 Fortune Tellers Judith Chapter 76 Jenga and a Camera Chapter 77 The Anger Shield Chapter 78 Using Self-Made Books to Prepare Children for Predictable Trauma or Crisis Chapter 79 The Angry Feeling Scale Game Chapter 80 Stomping Feet and Bubble Popping Chapter 81 Knocking Down the Walls of Anger Chapter 82 Figures Part 83 Selection Seven: Group Play Techniques Chapter 84 ElastaBlast Chapter 85 Group Building Activity Chapter 86 The Captains of Avatar: A Space Adventure for Children in Transition Chapter 87 Mr. Ugly Chapter 88 Therapeutic Puppet Group Chapter 89 Group Puppet Show Chapter 90 Mutual Storytelling through Puppet Play in Group Play Therapy Part 91 Section Eight: Other Techniques Chapter 92 Using Drawings of Early Recollections to Facilitate Life Style Analysis for Children in Play Therapy Chapter 93 Self Figures for Sand Chapter 94 The Worry List Chapter 95 My Baby Book Chapter 96 The Song Flute or Recorder Chapter 97 The Starting Over Wedding Gown Ceremony Chapter 98 Play Therapy and Pets Chapter 99 The Twelve-to-One Technique Chapter 100 The Therapist on the Inside Chapter 101 Play-by-Play Chapter 102 The Time Line Tape Technique Chapter 103 Terminations Utilizing Metaphor Chapter 104 The Feelings Center Chapter 105 The Disposable Camera Technique Chapter 106 Use of Animals in a Play Therapy Setting Chapter 107 The Popcorn Walk Chapter 108 Co-Play Therapy