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Play Therapy

An Introduction

Karla Carmichael

Jun 2005, Paperback, 352 pages
ISBN13: 9780130974181
ISBN10: 0130974188
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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.

  • Prepares readers for work with diverse clients and helps them learn how to adapt techniques to match the cultural background of their client. (See pgs. 220, 268)

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