The Therapeutic Powers of Play

The Therapeutic Powers of Play
The Therapeutic Powers of Play is published by in September 2013. This book has 368 pages in English, ISBN-13 9781118336878.

Focusing on the specific ingredients that activate clinical change, this book is enhanced by current research, more ample scope, and an array of contributions in contemporary and relevant topic areas. It is full of inspiration, direction, and grounding. This is a stunning contribution to the field of child therapy.
—Eliana Gil, PhD, Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education

A practical look at how play therapy can promote mental health wellness in children and adolescents

Revised and expanded, The Therapeutic Powers of Play, Second Edition explores the powerful effects that play therapy has on different areas within a child or adolescent’s life: communication, emotion regulation, relationship enhancement, and personal strengths. Editors Charles Schaefer and Athena Drewes—renowned experts in the field of play therapy—discuss the different interventions and components of treatment that can move clients to change.

Leading play therapists contributed to this volume, supplying a wide repertoire of practical techniques and applications in each chapter for use in clinical practice, including:

  • Direct teaching
  • Indirect teaching
  • Self-expression
  • Relationship enhancement
  • Attachment formation
  • Catharsis
  • Stress inoculation
  • Creative problem solving
  • Self-esteem

Filled with clinical case vignettes from various theoretical viewpoints, the second edition is an invaluable resource for play and child therapists of all levels of experience and theoretical orientations.

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