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The quarterly International Journal of Play Therapy® is a peer-reviewed journal with  scholarly articles about current play therapy research, case studies, theoretical applications, current practices.

Produced each January, April, July, and October.   

Available on PsycNet, and its articles archived by APA.


July 2017, Vol. 26, No. 3

A Review of Play Therapy Interventions for Chronic Illness: Applications to Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment                                                                                                                              (Palmer, Pratt, & Goodway, 2017)

In this article, the authors synthesize research in the treatment of childhood chronic illness and provide future intervention recommendations for the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity. Results were organized into 3 themes, family system enhancement, child psychological outcomes, and child and parent perceived health behavior change.

The Effectiveness of Child Parent Relationship Therapy in an Online Format                                                                                                                                             (Hicks & Baggerly, 2017)

 The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of an online format of child parent relationship therapy (CPRT) in increasing parental acceptance of participants’ children. Parental perceptions of CPRT in an online format were also explored. The results showed significant improvement in parental acceptance and participants’ satisfaction with the approach.

Child-Parent Relationship Therapy—A Dialogue with Winnicott’s Theory                                                                               
(Tal & Tal, 2017)

The authors of this article describe the dynamic creative space formed in a parent-child play hour, which takes place as part of child-parent relationship therapy (CPRT). They examined how the space emerges in parallel processes: the creative play setting and the parenting group sessions held as part of CPTR. The article examines the CPRT method on the theoretical and clinical approach of D. W. Winnicott

Methodological Considerations for a Directive Play Therapy Approach for Children with Autism and Related Disorders
(Deakin & Pfeifer, 2017)

This article discusses methodological issues that arose when research was concerned with a directive play therapy approach called Learn to Play Therapy with children with autism and related disorders. The authors suggest that when appropriate consideration for methodological issues is given, in depth analysis of individual children’s responses to Learn to Play Therapy can inform effectiveness of the outcomes of therapy.

Integrative Play Therapy with Adults with Complex Trauma: A Developmentally-Informed Approach                                                                                                                                 
(Morrison, 2017)

This article outlines the core symptomology experienced by adults with complex trauma, highlights important themes in trauma treatment, and identifies how Integrative Play Therapy can help clients move through the phases of trauma treatment. The article demonstrates the application of Integrative Play Therapy with an adult with complex trauma through a case presentation.


Clinical Editor
Edward Hudspeth, PhD, LPC, RPT-S
Associate Dean of Counseling Academics, COCE
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH

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