Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Psychology - 408 pages
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Play Therapy, Second Edition, is a thorough update to the 1991 first edition best-selling book, the most widely used text for play therapy courses. It refreshes the history and development in play therapy including results of research done in the past 10 years. A new chapter is included on current issues and special populations relevant to the development of play therapy. The author presents very readable descriptions of play and the history of play therapy; child and therapist characteristics; play room set-up and materials; working with parents; and a number of helpful and interesting case descriptions.
  

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User Review  - csweder - LibraryThing

To anyone working with children (whether in a counseling relationship or not) I think this book will have something for you. It was a by good introduction to play therapy. Read full review

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User Review  - Shareen Wornson - Goodreads

Garry Landreth is one of the premiere non-directive play therapists of our time and this is kind of the bible of non-directive play therapy. I am always reading this book over and over as I work with children. Lots of good stuff in here! Read full review

Contents

ABOUT ME GARRY LANDRETH
1
Principles for Relationships with Children
5
Reference
7
THE MEANING OF PLAY
9
Symbolic Play
11
Children Communicate Through Play
14
Play in the Therapeutic Process
16
Stages in the Play Therapy Process
20
Explaining the Observation Mirror and Recording
200
Taking Notes During the Session
202
Play Therapists Reactions to Their First Sessions
203
Basic Dimensions of the Relationship
204
References
206
CHARACTERISTICS OF FACILITATIVE RESPONSES
207
Being With
208
Caring Acceptance
209

Play of Adjusted and Maladjusted Children
23
References
25
HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF PLAY THERAPY
27
Psychoanalytic Play Therapy
29
Release Play Therapy
32
Relationship Play Therapy
34
Nondirective Play Therapy
35
Association for Play Therapy
37
University Training
38
Filial Therapy
39
Trends in Play Therapy
40
Play Therapy Results
43
References
45
A VIEW OF CHILDREN
53
Children Are Resilient
55
Some Children Are Like Popcorn and Some Are Like Molasses
57
References
58
CHILDCENTERED PLAY THERAPY
59
Personality Theory
60
A ChildCentered View of Personality and Behavior
64
Key Concepts
65
Adjustment and Maladjustment
67
Therapeutic Conditions for Growth
70
The Therapeutic Relationship
79
Objectives
87
What Children Learn in Play Therapy
89
References
93
THE PLAY THERAPIST
95
Creating Differences
96
Being There
97
Personality Characteristics
98
Therapist SelfUnderstanding
102
Therapist SelfAcceptance
105
Role of the Play Therapist
108
RyanA Dying Child in Play Therapy
110
Supervised Practice Facilitates SelfInsight
116
The Inner Struggle of a Beginning Play Therapist
118
Recommended Training Program
120
References
123
THE PLAYROOM AND MATERIALS
125
Playroom Location
126
Playroom Characteristics
127
Other Settings for Play Therapy
130
Rationale for Selecting Toys and Materials
132
Categories of Toys
138
Totebag Playroom
143
Recommended Toys and Materials for the Playroom
144
Special Considerations
146
Suggested Titles for the Play Therapy Program in Schools
148
Reference
149
THE PARENTS PART IN THE PROCESS
151
Background Information
152
Must Parents Also Be in Therapy?
154
The Parent Interview
157
Obtain Permission from Legal Guardian
165
Psychiatric Referral
166
Preparing Parents for Separation
169
References
171
BEGINNING THE RELATIONSHIP THE CHILDS HOUR
173
Objectives of the Relationship
174
Making Contact with the Child
176
The Initial Encounter in the Waiting Room
179
Structuring the Relationship in the Playroom
182
Responding to the Reluctant Anxious Child
187
The Childs View of the Play Therapy Relationship
189
Questioning Techniques of Children
193
Details of Therapeutic Responsiveness
211
Facilitative Responses
215
Returning Responsibility to Children
221
Typical Nonfacilitative Responses
224
PaulA Fearful ActingOut Child in Play Therapy
232
THERAPEUTIC LIMIT SETTING
245
When to Present Limits
248
Rationale for Therapeutic Limits
249
Procedures in Therapeutic Limit Setting
258
Steps in the Therapeutic LimitSetting Process
259
When Limits Are Broken
262
Tentativeness in limit Setting
265
Situational Limits
266
Beginning Play Therapists Reactions to Setting Limits
272
TYPICAL PROBLEMS IN PLAY THERAPY AND WHAT TO DO IF
273
What to Do If the Child Is Silent
274
What to Do If the Child Wants to Bring Toys or Food into the Playroom
276
What to Do If the Child Is Overly Dependent
277
What to Do If the Chad Persists in Seeking Praise
279
What to Do If the Child Says You Talk Weird
282
What to Do If the Child Wants the Therapist to Play a Guessing Game
283
What to Do If the Child Asks for Expressions of Affection
284
What to Do If the Child Wants to Hug or Sit in the Therapists Lap
286
What to Do If the Child Tries to Steal a Toy
287
What to Do If the Child Refuses to Leave the Playroom
289
What to Do If the Therapist Unexpectedly Cannot Keep an Appointment
291
ISSUES IN PLAY THERAPY
293
Participation in the Childs Play
295
Accepting Gifts from Children in Play Therapy
299
Giving the Child a Reward at the End of Sessions or a Memento at Termination
302
Asking the Child to Clean Up
303
Informing Children of the Reason They Are in Play Therapy
306
Bringing a Friend to the Playroom
307
Inviting Parents or Siblings to the Playroom
310
INTENSIVE AND SHORTTERM PLAY THERAPY
311
Intensive Play Therapy
312
ShortTerm Play Therapy
316
Summary
319
CHILDREN IN PLAY THERAPY
321
NancyFrom Baldness to Curls
322
CindyA Manipulative Child
330
AmyA Selective Mute Child
340
Significance of Sibling Group Play Therapy
348
Summary
349
References
350
DETERMINING THERAPEUTIC PROCESS AND TERMINATION
351
Determining Therapeutic Movement Within Sessions
352
Dimensions of Change
353
The Meaning of Termination
356
Reference Points for Determining Termination
357
Procedures for Ending the Relationship
360
Childrens Reactions to the Last Session
362
References
364
FILIAL THERAPY CHILDPARENTRELATIONSHIP TRAINING CPR FOR PARENTS
365
Parental Efficacy
366
Historical Development of Filial Therapy
368
The Process of Filial Therapy
370
Selecting Parents
373
Group Format for Training
376
Structure and Content of the Training Sessions
378
Research and Evaluation
388
References
396
INDEX
399
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
407
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Landreth is a Regents professor in the Department of Counseling, Development of Higher Education at the University of North Texas. He is the founder and director of the Center for Play Therapy.

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