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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 PsychNet, and its articles archived by APA.


Special Issue: July 2016, Vol. 25, No. 3

Affluent Mexican Immigrant Parents’ Perceptions of Child–Parent Relationship
(Hassey, Garza, Sullivan, & Serres, 2016)

Within this article, the authors describe a phenomenological study exploring affluent Mexican immigrant parents’ perceptions of the effectiveness and goodness-of-fit of child–parent relationship. Prior to this study, no other study had explored this family-based, play therapy intervention with this unique subgroup.

Filial Therapy: Cultural Considerations for Chinese Parents 
(Yee, 2016)

In this conceptual article, the author describes the usefulness of filial therapy with Chinese parents, illuminates reasons for the underutilization of mental health services by the Chinese community, and provides play therapists with cultural adaptations to make filial therapy a more culturally responsive intervention for Chinese immigrant parents.

Child Play Therapists' Understanding and Application of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Narrative Analysis
(Edwards, Parson, & Brien, 2016)

In a narrative inquiry, qualitative study, the authors analyze the ways in which play therapy practitioners from the Australasia Play Therapy Association understand and uphold the United Nations’ Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Five themes were identified that may be useful to support further development of curriculum and course content for play therapists in-training.

Child-Centered Play Therapy for Hispanic Children with Traumatic Grief: Cultural Implications for Treatment Outcomes
(Gonzalez & Bell, 2016)

The authors of this conceptual article describe traumatic grief and explore the potential use of child-centered play therapy (CCPT) with culturally diverse clients who are experiencing trauma and grief. This article provides an overview of childhood traumatic grief, the grief process in Hispanic culture, and offers suggestions for utilizing CCPT with Hispanic children who have experienced traumatic grief.

Play Therapy and Photo-Elicitation: A Narrative Examination of Children’s Grief
(Stutey, Helm, LoSasso, & Kreider, 2016)

In this narrative, qualitative study, the authors examine how photo-elicitation can facilitate the interview process allowing children to share emotional experiences surrounding loss. The authors present evident of how photo-elicitation can complement play therapy in the treatment of grieving children.

Case Study: Play Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for Pediatric Single Incident Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Developmental Regression
(Banbury, 2016)

This qualitative study describes a successful 5-month pediatric treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) arising from a single incident trauma. Treatment was conceptualized through the adaptive information processing model and included the use of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), child-centered play therapy (CCPT), supportive family therapy, and cognitive–behavioral strategies (CBT).


Edward Hudspeth, PhD, LPC, RPT-S
Assistant Professor, Counselor Education
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR