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Short-Term Play Therapy for Children, Second Editionby Heidi Gerar Kaduson
Synopses & Reviews
Book News Annotation:
This volume describes play therapy with children for clinicians working in short-term time frames. In 13 essays, contributors discuss dealing with a variety of psychological problems, including abuse, mood and behavior disorders, and others in individual, family, and group contexts. Each chapter describes the approach, case studies, differences and difficulties in treatment, and step-by-step methods. This edition incorporates five new chapters on bipolar disorder, anxiety, family and group sand play, and parent training methods, as well as new approaches. Other chapters have been rewritten or updated. Contributors are psychologists and psychiatrists with practices around the US. Kaduson, a child psychotherapist, specializes in evaluation and intervention services for children. Schaefer (psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson U.) is also a child psychologist and the author of many books on the subject. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This volume presents a variety of play approaches that facilitate children's healing in a shorter time frame. Invaluable for any clinician seeking to optimize limited time with clients, the book provides effective methods for treating children struggling with such challenges as posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, disruptive behavior, mood disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and parental divorce. Individual, family, and group treatment models are described and illustrated with richly detailed case examples. Featuring session-by-session guidelines, chapters demonstrate how to engage clients rapidly, develop appropriate treatment goals, and implement carefully structured brief interventions that yield lasting results.
Play therapy can be enormously beneficial to children facing a wide range of psychological problems and stressful life situations. This practical volume presents a variety of play approaches that facilitate children's healing in a shorter time frame. Ideal for practitioners working within managed care, the book describes effective short-term methods for working with individual children, families, and groups. Chapters feature session-by-session guidelines and lively clinical illustrations that bring diverse techniques and theoretical orientations to life. Strategies are provided for addressing such difficulties as fears and phobias, grief, behavior problems, ADHD, and the effects of sexual abuse. Also covered are short-term interventions for teen parents and their children, children in divorced or adoptive families, and those whose families are affected by chronic illness.
Illustrated with rich case examples, this widely used practitioner resource and text presents a range of play approaches that facilitate healing in a shorter time frame. Leading play therapists from diverse theoretical orientations show how to tailor brief interventions to each child's needs. Individual, family, and group treatment models are described and clinical guidelines are provided. Chapters demonstrate ways to rapidly build alliances with children, adolescents, and their caregivers; plan treatment for frequently encountered clinical problems; and get the most out of play materials and techniques.
New to This Edition
*Incorporates the latest research and clinical developments.
*Chapters on additional approaches: Theraplay, combined art and play therapy, Gestalt play therapy, animal-assisted play therapy, child-parent relationship therapy, Floortime, and more.
*Chapters on additional clinical problems: grief, sexual behavior problems, and autism spectrum disorder.
About the Author
Heidi Gerard Kaduson, PhD, RPT-S, specializes in evaluation and intervention services for children with a variety of behavioral, emotional, and learning problems. She is past president of the Association for Play Therapy and codirector of the Play Therapy Training Institute. She has lectured internationally on play therapy, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and learning disabilities. Dr. Kaduson's publications include The Playing Cure and 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques (Volumes I, II, and III). Dr. Kaduson maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy in Monroe Township, New Jersey.
Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S, a nationally renowned child psychologist, is Professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. He is cofounder and director emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy, and founder and codirector of the Play Therapy Training Institute in Hightstown, New Jersey. Dr. Schaefer is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Play Therapy. He has written or edited more than 50 books on parenting, child psychology, and play therapy, including The Therapeutic Use of Child's Play, Foundations of Play Therapy, Handbook of Play Therapy, Play Therapy with Adolescents, and Empirically Based Play Interventions for Children. Most recently, he is coeditor (with Heidi Gerard Kaduson) of Contemporary Play Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice. Dr. Schaefer maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Table of Contents
I. Individual Play Therapy
1. Release Play Therapy for Children with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Heidi Gerard Kaduson
2. Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy for Children with Anxiety and Phobias, Susan M. Knell and Meena Dasari
3. Short-Term Play Therapy for Children with Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Scott Riviere
4. Short-Term Play Therapy for Children with Mood Disorders, Erik Newman
5. Short-Term Play Therapy for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Heidi Gerard Kaduson
II. Family Play Therapy
6. Short-Term Play Therapy for Adoptive Families: Facilitating Adjustment and Attachment with Filial Therapy, Risë VanFleet
7. Involving and Empowering Parents in Short-Term Play Therapy for Disruptive Children, Cheryl B. McNeil, Alisa B. Bahl, and Amy D. Herschell
8. Short-Term Family Sandplay Therapy, Lois Carey
9. Enhancing Play Therapy with Parent Consultation: A Behavioral/Solution-Focused Approach, Sandy Magnuson and Holly E. Shaw
III. Group Play Therapy
10. A Creative Play Therapy Approach to the Group Treatment of Young Sexually Abused Children, Loretta Gallo-Lopez
11. Group Sandtray Play Therapy, Linda B. Hunter
12. Short-Term Group Play Therapy for Children Whose Parents Are Divorcing, Wendy Ludlow and Mary K. Williams
13. The Use of Group Play Therapy for Children with Social Skills Deficits, Julie A. Blundon and Charles E. Schaefer
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