Synopses & Reviews
"Short-Term Play Therapy for Children, Second Edition,
is the definitive book on the subject. If you are a mental health professional using play therapy with children, you need this book. If you are an elementary school counselor who has limited time, you need this book. If you are a professor teaching a class on advanced play therapy strategies or working with children on a time-limited basis, you need this book. It provides detailed, practical information about applying short-term play therapy with individual clients, families, and groups, with a wide variety of populations and issues."--Terry Kottman, PhD, The Encouragement Zone, Cedar Falls, Iowa
"Play therapists should be well versed in effective short-term interventions for children for two reasons. First, children simply cannot afford to be in psychological distress for extended periods of time because of the negative impact this can have on their healthy development. Second, because of the financial and time constraints often imposed by third-party payers, the therapist needs to strive to make each session maximally beneficial. This book can be particularly effective in helping graduate students make the transition from traditional models of psychotherapy, which suggest open-ended treatment, to more focused models better suited to the developmental needs of children. It provides all mental health professionals with essential tools and strategies to help children make rapid gains in therapy in our ever more fast-paced world."--Kevin O'Connor, PhD, RPT-S, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University
"This timely book is full of very helpful and creative play therapy interventions appropriate for short-term work with individuals, families, and groups. The structured, goal-oriented approaches described in the many detailed case examples will be welcomed by practicing clinicians and by professors who teach play therapy in various university settings. By acknowledging the reality of time factors and their impact on the structure of treatment, this book helps guide the field of play therapy in the 21st century."--Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, BCD, RPT-S, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
"This is an important resource for those who work with children or are studying to do so. It is practical and full of creative ideas for individual, group, and family interventions."--Doody's Review Service
"A very timely book, rich in methodology and technique....Enjoyable and thought-provoking, this book provides a foundation for creative interventions which practitioners can build upon and adapt to meet their own needs. Recommended to all social workers in this clinical field and to students preparing for field practice."--CASW Bulletin (Canadian Association of Social Workers)
"In each of the papers comprising this book for practitioners is a session-by-session set of plans for work with a patient group presenting with one of the following problems: fear and phobias, grief, trauma, attention-deficit disorder, divorcing parents, chronic illness, adoption, disruptive behavior, sexual abuse, deficits in social skills, and lack of parental skills....This is an excellent text for novices and for therapists making a transition from traditional psychodynamic work to a more short-term, problem-focused approach....Its orientation is certainly congruent with our present managed care environment."--Readings
"This approach is particularly useful for clinicians working in managed care or other environments where time and resources may be limited. A wide range of techniques and theoretical orientations are represented."--Journal of Social Work Education
"Scholarly, comprehensive, insightful, thought-provoking, Short-Term Play Therapy for Children is a seminal, highly recommended work that calls upon the best minds in the field of child psychology and therapy to create an invaluable text and reference for students and practitioners."--Wisconsin Bookwatch
"This is a very timely book that draws upon a wide breadth of talent in the field of play therapy. It is rich in methodology and technique, and will help practitioners conform to the rigors of the new territory of managed care. A wide variety of diagnoses are addressed, and the techniques are focused and powerful in finding timely resolutions to difficult situations. Enjoyable and thought-provoking, the book provides a foundation for creative interventions which practitioners can build upon and adapt to meet their own needs."--John Paul Lilly, MS, LCSW, RPT/S, Brigham Young University
"This superior, well-balanced collection is an indispensable guide for professionals interested in a time-limited approach to the treatment of childhood emotional, behavioral, and family difficulties. Brilliantly practical and easily implemented, the imaginative techniques presented in each chapter will be a welcome addition to the repertoire of seasoned professionals as well as budding therapists seeking concrete, step-by-step guidelines. Readers will be further enlightened by the presentation of the theoretical framework underlying each innovative therapeutic format, as well as the engaging case studies. After reading this book, child and family therapists from various professional backgrounds will be much better equipped to confront and triumph over the enormous challenges presented by managed care mandates."--Karen Gitlin-Weiner, PsyD, private practice, Hicksville, NY
"This is a welcome guide to short-term play therapy with children. Chapters have been selected to demonstrate a range of short-term play therapy approaches, for use in child therapy with individuals, families, and groups. Short-term therapy is the wave of the future, and this book will help practitioners navigate the waters with confidence and skill."--Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, University Distinguished Professor of Social Work, Fordham University
"This book has expanded the knowledge base on short-term play therapy. The third edition addresses additional topics of growing interest to clinicians, such as animal-assisted play therapy. This volume is stimulating reading for all professionals working with children, adolescents, and families, as well as students and faculty in child therapy."--Louise F. Guerney, PhD, Department of Human Development and Family Studies (Emerita), The Pennsylvania State University
"This book makes an indisputable case for considering short-term interventions with children and their families. It presents a range of different approaches and theoretical perspectives, including several that have been rather neglected in the play therapy literature. Chapters describe ways to work with a variety of populations who could benefit from play therapy. This would be an outstanding textbook for an advanced play therapy class."--Terry Kottman, PhD, Director, The Encouragement Zone, Cedar Falls, Iowa"I love this book and plan to use it in my class. The third edition is an essential contribution to the literature for play therapists in both clinical mental health and school settings. It includes a broad array of theoretical models to work with many childhood disorders. A 'must have' for play therapists and their students."--Phyllis Post, PhD, Department of Counseling, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
"A comprehensive and dynamic resource for working with young people facing critical challenges in today’s world. Short-term approaches are particularly salient for professionals in schools or agencies that prioritize time-limited interventions. Written from a place of experience and sensitivity to the nuances of doing play therapy, this book offers insightful, practical examples within a strong literature-based context. It is ideal for a stand-alone course in counseling young people, for an advanced skills course, or as a 'go-to' resource for professionals."--Laurie A. Carlson, PhD, Counseling and Career Development Program, Colorado State University
“Kaduson and Schaefer bring together an impressive group of authors who cover a wide range of play therapy venues. Accordingly, readers are provided multiple and varied theoretical models and ways to apply them in practice....A ‘must’ for both clinicians working with children and families, and for faculty instructing those who will do so in the future.”--Families in Society (on the first edition)
“This volume offers a great service to professionals who desire effective responses to the clinical demands of treating children and their families....The book thoroughly describes treatment interventions....While the book is designed for the professional who has a working knowledge of various theoretical frameworks, it is thorough enough to be used by a beginning clinician..”--Social Work With Groups (on the first edition)
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. Equally valuable for clinicians in private practice and those working within managed care, the book describes effective short-term methods for treating individual children, families, and groups. Chapters feature session-by-session guidelines and lively clinical illustrations that bring diverse techniques and theoretical orientations to life.
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. 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