There is renewed interest in the use of therapeutic play to prevent or repair emotional damage amongst all those working wih children, from workers in family centres to social workers dealing with the consequences of child abuse. There is an urgent need for development skills in using play to communicate with children in order to establish facts and make assessments of their needs, for example following divorce or where abuse is suspected. Workers in a wide range of fields are already using play in therapeutic work with children and families. Some have inherited skills form earlier generations of workers; some are developing their own highly innovative and creative approaches. But many are working in isolation, often unaware of similar kinds of work going on elsewhere, yet eager for new ideas. Accounts of current work are locked up in specialist journals or lacking because workers are too busy to write. Other professionals working with children who would like to learn about play therapy, the theory behind it and the basic skills and understandings needed to practise it, are offered little training or guidance. This book has been written for both these groups of people.
Play Therapy with Children and Families provides a comprehensive introduction to play therapy. It gives a clear outline of the theory of play and of play therapy, gives guidelines for practice and examples of good practice in different settings and situations, makes practical suggestions for training and includes useful information on further resources.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The State of Play. The Development of Play. Approaches to Therapeutic Play. Preparing to Use Therapeutic Play with Children. Play in Under-fives and Family Work. Play Therapy for Children Living in Unhappy Families. Play for Children with Illness, Disabilities and Learning Difficulties. Play for Children in Bereavement or Divorce. The Use of Play in Helping Sexually Abused Children. The Use of Play in Work with Children in Care. Training for Play. Appendix 1-3. Bibliography.