Innovations in Play Therapy: Issues, Process, and Special Populations

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Garry L. Landreth
Psychology Press, 2001 - Psychology - 369 pages

This book is unique in exploring the process of conducting short-term intensive group play therapy and the subsequent results. It focuses on play therapy with special populations of aggressive acting-out children, autistic children, chronically ill children, traumatized children, selective mute children, disassociative identity disorder adults with child alters, and the elderly.

The book addresses such vital issues as:

* How play therapy helps children

* Confidentiality in working with children

* How to work with parents

* What the play therapist needs to know about medications for children

The difficult dimension of diagnosis is clarified through specific descriptions of how the play therapist can use play behaviors to diagnose physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional maladjustment in children.

 

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Contents

FacilitatiVe Dimensions of Play in the Play Therapy Process
3
Essential Personality Characteristics
23
Cultural Considerations in Play Therapy
31
What the Play Therapist Needs to Know
51
Legal and Ethical Issues in Play Therapy
65
The Parents Part in the Play Therapy Process
83
Play Therapy BehaViors of Physically Abused Children
99
Play Therapy BehaViors of Sexually Abused Children
119
IntensiVe ShortTerm Group Play Therapy
203
ShortTerm Play Therapy
217
PLAY THERAPY WITH SPECIAL POPULATIONS
237
Play Therapy with Autistic Children
257
Play Therapy for Children with Chronic Illness
271
Play Therapy with SelectiVe Mute Children
303
Play Therapy with DissociatiVe Identity Disorder
323
Play Therapy with the Elderly
335

Identifying Sexually Abused Children in Play Therapy
131
Diagnostic Assessment of Childrens Play Therapy BehaVior
155
INNOVATIVE PROCEDURES IN PLAY THERAPY
179
A TraVeling Play
349
Index
361
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