For courses in Play Therapy.
Drawing on 20 years of classroom teaching experience, Karla Carmichael’s Play Therapy: An Introduction explores play therapy research, theory, and techniques and offers an unbiased overview of the profession. Providing balanced treatment of ten play therapy theories, she examines their basic tenets, the toy selection process, the role of the therapist, the structure of the session and assessment techniques. Over 70 photo illustrations and a unique “how to” chapter help prepare readers for a clinical, laboratory or practicum experience. Unique chapters on ethics, law, culture, diagnosis and assessment make this title a complete text for the basic course in play therapy and as a foundation for advanced play technique courses.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 How to Begin Your Play Therapy Session
Chapter 3 Psychoanalytic Play Therapy
Chapter 4 Adlerian Play Therapy
Chapter 5 Jungian Analytical Play Therapy
Chapter 6 Child-Centered Play Therapy
Chapter 7 Gestalt Play Therapy
Chapter 8 Relationship Play Therapy
Chapter 9 Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapies
Chapter 10 Child Developmental Play Therapies
Chapter 11 Ecosystems Play Therapy
Chapter 12 Family and Filial Play Therapy
Chapter 13 Formal and Informal Assessment
Chapter 14 Diagnosis and Treatment
Chapter 15 The Law, Ethics, and Research
Chapter 16 Cultural Sensitivity and Play Therapy
Explores ten play therapy theories–using a consistent format for each treatment system.
Allows instructors to show various methods, research and perspectives of play therapy and the rich history of the field.
Gives equal treatment to each theory, examining factors such as toy selection, the role of therapist, the structure of the session, and assessment techniques. (See pgs. 105-119; 186-199)
Provides a unique “how to” chapter–early in the text.
Discusses the logistics of setting up one’s first playroom and conducting one’s first play therapy session.
Prepares students for their laboratory and practicum experience using a non-directive approach.
Offers the new therapist insightful ideas for how to get started and a chance to learn through the experience of others. (See Ch. 2, pgs. 19-50)
Draws on the author’s 20 years of classroom experience–throughout the text.
Devotes chapter material to the most applicable content for future play therapists–including a balanced overview of play therapy history, theory, techniques, ethical practices and applications to special populations. (See pgs. V, VI, XI)
Covers both formal and informal assessment–in chapter 13 and throughout the text.
Familiarizes readers with the broad range of assessments used by helping professionals and provides the research that supports each technique.
Integrates assessment into theory chapters, giving readers a more complete understanding of the technique.(See pgs. 195-199, 218, 281)
Includes material on cultural differences–in chapter 16 and throughout the text.