Child-Centered Play Therapy Workbook

Child-Centered Play Therapy Workbook
A Self-Directed Guide for Professionals
Early Childhood
Elementary
Mental Health Professional
8.5x11
Pages: 
160
ISBN: 
978-0-87822-682-5
Item Number:
5705
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Child-Centered Play Therapy Workbook: A Self-Directed Guide for Professionals

Overview

This indispensable workbook successfully combines the foundational content needed to orient play therapists to the child-centered approach with an engaging series of reflective and experiential activities designed to help develop therapeutic competence.

The many activities included here allow readers to engage in an interactive process to learn the philosophy and skills of child-centered play therapy: seeing the world through the child’s eyes, empathizing, tracking, setting limits, recognizing childhood as culture, identifying themes and stages of therapy, and more.

Throughout, the authors provide a personal backdrop for learning and living the child-centered play therapy philosophy, based on their many years conducting and supervising play therapy sessions. Both budding and seasoned play and child therapists stand to gain richly from their insights.

Book Review

“This workbook is a nice reference or go-to manual for a newly practicing school psychologist as well the veteran. Chock full of ideas, how-tos, and dos and don’ts, I do not believe anyone would walk away from this book feeling disappointed.”

—Dean Caldwell, PsyD, NCSP, school psychologist,
Communiqué, National Association of School Psychologists

Contents
Introduction
Part 1: Why Empathy?
Reflecting Feelings • Empathizing Versus Giving Solutions
Part 2: The Child-Centered Approach
Child-Centered Play Therapy Versus Other Approaches • The Eight Basic Principles • Childhood as Culture • Blending the Culture of Childhood and the Eight Basic Principles
Part 3: Skills and Guidelines
Tracking • Responding to Children’s Questions and Directions • Setting Limits • Closing the Play Therapy Session • No-Nos • Toys and Settings
Part 4: Ready for Practice (and Play)
Structuring the Play Therapy Session • Themes • Firsts • Stages of Therapy • Ready for Termination? • Commonly Asked Questions • Evaluating the Therapist’s Responses • Treatment Goals  • The Gift of Child-Centered Play Therapy
Part 5: What the Future Will Bring
What Do You Believe? • A Letter to Play Therapy
Appendixes
Sample Answers • Forms and Checklists • Pathways to Advanced Training and Credentialing
Reproducible Forms and Handouts

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