Essential Play Therapy Techniques: Time-Tested Approaches

Essential Play Therapy Techniques: Time-Tested Approaches

By: Donna M. Cangelosi (author), Charles E. Schaefer (author)Paperback

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Highly practical and user friendly, this book presents 58 play therapy techniques that belong in every child clinician's toolbox. The expert authors draw from multiple theoretical orientations to showcase powerful, well-established approaches applicable to a broad range of childhood problems. Activities, needed materials, and variations of each technique are succinctly described. Of critical importance for today's evidence-based practitioner, each chapter also includes a historical perspective on the technique at hand, a rationale explaining its therapeutic power, and a review of relevant empirical findings. The book enables readers to determine which strategies are appropriate for a particular child or group and rapidly incorporate them into practice.

About Author

Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is cofounder and director emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy, which recognized him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Schaefer's more than 60 books include Essential Play Therapy Techniques, Short-Term Play Therapy for Children, Third Edition, The Therapeutic Powers of Play, Foundations of Play Therapy, and Play Therapy with Adolescents. He maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy in Hackensack, New Jersey. Donna Cangelosi, PsyD, RPT-S, maintains a private practice with children, adolescents, and adults in Wayne, New Jersey, where she practices psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and parent education. She is coeditor of Play Therapy Techniques and The Playing Cure and author of Saying Goodbye in Child Psychotherapy. Dr. Cangelosi has authored a number of professional articles and chapters on the theory and application of psychodynamic play therapy.


I. Toy and Object Play Techniques 1. Ball Play 2. Plush Doll Play 3. Medical Play 4. Baby Doll Play 5. Baby Bottle Play 6. Toy Telephone Play 7. Magic Wand Play 8. Bubble Play 9. Block Play 10. Balloon Play 11. Bop Bag Play 12. Sensory Play II. Metaphors and Storytelling Techniques 13. Concrete Play Metaphors 14. Turtle Technique 15. Emotion Thermometer 16. Storytelling 17. Externalization Play 18. Bibliotherapy III. Role-Play Techniques 19. Role Play 20. Costume Play 21. Mask Play 22. Superhero Play 23. Puppet Play IV. Creative Arts Techniques 24. Color Your Life 25. Clay Play 26. Free Drawings 27. Trauma Drawings 28. Mandala Drawings 29. Serial Drawings 30. Collage 31. Painting 32. Dance/Movement Play 33. Draw a Family 34. Family Sculpting 35. Musical Play V. Imagery and Fantasy Techniques 36. Guided Imagery 37. The World Technique 38. Dollhouse Play 39. Adaptive Doll Play 40. Rosebush Fantasy Technique 41. Family Relations Technique 42. Worry Dolls 43. Tea Party Play VI. Game Play Techniques 44. Communication Games 45. Self-Control Games 46. Strategy Games 47. Cooperative Games 48. Chance Games 49. Squiggle Game VII. Other Techniques 50. Desensitization Play 51. Laughter Play 52. Stress Inoculation Play 53. Reenactment Play 54. Hide-and-Seek Play 55. Magic Tricks 56. Feeling Faces 57. Suitcase Playroom 58. Play Therapy Rituals

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781462524495
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9781462524495
  • weight: 520
  • ISBN10: 1462524494

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