Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship

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Routledge, 2012 - Psychology - 422 pages

Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationshipis the newest incarnation of Garry Landreth’s comprehensive text on creating therapeutic relationships with children through play. It details Landreth’s Child-Centered Play Therapy model, which stresses the importance of understanding the child’s world and perspective. This approach facilitates the play therapy process while allowing therapist and client to fully connect. Professors who have taught a course based on the previous edition will be pleased to find the core message intact, but updated with a significant body of recent research. Expanded to cover additional topics of interest, the new edition includes:

  • a full chapter on current research in play therapy
  • new sections on supervising play therapists, legal and ethical issues and multicultural concerns
  • 30 new photographs that show the author demonstrating techniques in-session
  • practical tips for working with parents
  • instructions on play room set-up and materials
  • online instructor resources.

The Third Editionwill feel both familiar and fresh to educators and trainers who have relied on Landreth’s text for years. The guidelines, transcripts, and case examples offered help therapists govern sensitive issues at every stage of the therapeutic process, from the first meeting to the end of the relationship.


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User Review  - Michael.Rimmer - LibraryThing

I was looking for a person-centred book on child therapy and was recommended this one, and it's fantastic! Landreth has taken Carl Rogers' client-centred therapeutic approach and adapted it for the ... Read full review

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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


Chapter 1 About Me Garry Landreth
Chapter 2 The Meaning of Play
Chapter 3 History and Development of Play Therapy
Chapter 4 A View of Children
Chapter 5 ChildCentered Play Therapy
Chapter 6 The Play Therapist
Chapter 7 Parents as Partners in Play Therapy
Chapter 8 The Playroom and Materials
Chapter 11 Therapeutic Limit Setting
Chapter 12 Typical Problems in Play Therapy and What to Do If
Chapter 13 Issues in Play Therapy
Chapter 14 Children in Play Therapy
Chapter 15 Determining Therapeutic Process and Termination
Chapter 16 Intensive and ShortTerm Play Therapy
Chapter 17 Research in Play Therapy

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Chapter 10 Characteristics of Facilitative Responses

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