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APT offers this comprehensive list of play therapy specific books. Each entry displays a book title, citation (author, year, publisher) and description (with ISBN number and vendor links). To offer book recommendations or request assistance, contact APT.

101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques

Edited by Heidi G. Kaduson, Charles E. Schaefer (1997: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
Incorporates methods developed to elicit the best responses from children by therapists representing cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and other orientations, and selected for their practicality, specificity, and originality.
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0282-1  
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101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, Volume Three

Edited by Heidi G. Kaduson, Charles E. Schaefer (2003: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
This book is an amazing resource for play therapy techniques. The contributors come from a diverse group including child-centered, cognitive-behavioral, gestalt, Jungian, psychodynamic, and prescriptive play therapy. 
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0799-4  
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101 More Favorite Play Therapy Techniques

Edited by Heidi G. Kaduson, Charles E. Schaefer (2001: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
The interventions illustrated include Storytelling, Expressive Art, Game Play, Puppet Play, Play Toys and Objects, Group Play, and Others to provide miscellaneous techniques that are useful in many settings.  A welcome addition to the earlier collection.
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0800  
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A Casebook of Filial Therapy

Edited by Rise VanFleet, Louise Guerney (2003: Boiling Springs, PA: The Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center)
Provides clinicians with detailed, practical information about applying filial therapy to a wide range of problems and situations.  
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A Child's First Book About Play Therapy

Marc A. Nemiroff, Jane Annunziata (1990: Washington, DC: American Psychological Association)
Answers the many questions and fears children entering therapy may have.  In large print and clear terms, using Margaret Scott's jubilant, witty illustrations, the book explains concepts such as confidentiality, the special bond between therapist and child, and the ways that therapy can help children feel better and help their problems become smaller. It's an essential guide to a potentially difficult situation.
ISBN: 978-1-55798-112-7  
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A Handbook of Play Therapy with Aggressive Children

David A. Crenshaw , John B. Mordock (2005: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. an Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
Comprehensively compiles specific and practical techniques available for child and play therapists to draw on in the treatment of aggressive children. 
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0579-2  
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A Manual of Dynamic Play Therapy: Helping Things Fall Apart, the Paradox of Play

Dennis McCarthy (2012: Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
Harnesses the power of the reorganizing process to elicit positive and profound change in children dealing with social, neurological, developmental, health and family issues.  The author clarifies the theory behind this innovative play therapy approach, and explains its practical application to a full spectrum of client needs, using inspirational, real-life anecdotes as examples.  He also describes the importance of using symbols in play therapy and focuses on ways to enable children to act out their internal aggression in a safe and healthy manner.
ISBN: 978-1-84905-879-7  
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A Parent's Handbook of Filial Therapy: Building Strong Families with Play

Rise VanFleet (2000: Boiling Springs, PA: The Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center)
A filial play therapy reference guide. To be used in conjunction with the therapy process, learning to conduct & understand the parent-child play sessions.
ISBN: 1-930557-06-X  
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A Play Therapy Primer: Therapeutic Approaches to Children with Emotional Problems

Vita Krall (1989: Plenumb Pub Corp)
This book leads the reader through a progressive learning on how to reach 'the child in the adult' for the ultimate purpose of greater enjoyment of life.
ISBN: 978-0898854770 
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A Practical Handbook for Building the Play Therapy Relationship

Maria A. Giordano, Garry L. Landreth, Leslie D. Jones (2005: Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson an Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
Designed for practitioners, students, and play therapy supervisors to learn or teach the fundamental skills of building a therapeutic relationship in play therapy.  Provides detailed approach from structuring the play therapy session to therapeutic limit setting to termination-closure.
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0111-4  
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Advanced Play Therapy: Essential Conditions, Knowledge, and Skills for Child Practice

Dee C. Ray (2011: New York, NY: Taylor and Francis Group, LLC)
Current play therapy resources offer details on how to conduct play therapy, but are limited in addressing the challenges that develop when therapists conduct play therapy with real-life clients. Using the Child-Centered Play Therapy Approach, Ray has written the first book to address these complex play therapy subjects. Topics covered include: integrating field knowledge of play, development, and theory into the advanced play therapist's knowledge base; working with difficult situations, such as limit-setting, aggression, and parents; addressing modern work concerns like measuring progress, data accountability, and treatment planning; differentiating play therapy practice in school and community settings; and addressing complicated skills, such as theme work, group play therapy, and supervision.
ISBN: 978-0-415-88604-8 
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Amy Elizabeth Goes to Play Therapy: A Book to Assist Psychotherapists in Helping Young Children Understand and Benefit from Play Therapy

Kathleen A. Chara, Paul J. Chara, Jr. (2004: Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Inc.)
This book suggests that therapy will be a fun and beneficial experience. With attractive illustrations this book is ideally suited for children aged between 2 and 12. Answering most common questions and describing what happens at a play therapy session, why children may need therapy, and the goals of the process.  An invaluable resource for sharing with children and building a rapport with them.
ISBN: 978-1-84310-775-0  
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Applications of Family and Group Theraplay

Edited by Evangeline Munns (2009: Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.)
Rich content and practical ideas guided by current research in attachment and neurobiological research.  Describes activities that have underlying goals of increasing parental attunement, creating a caring, accepting environment and co-regulating the child.  Replicates normal parent/child interactions that are playful, physical, and fun.  Lead to a greater understanding of Theraplay and stretch the reader's skill in the application of this very effective play therapy model.
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0594-5  
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Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents and Families VOLUME 3: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques

Edited by Liana Lowenstein (2011: Toronto, Canada: Champion Press)
In this third volume, highly acclaimed author Liana Lowenstein has compiled an impressive collection of techniques from experienced practitioners. Interventions are outlined for engaging, assessing, and treating children of all ages and their families. Activities address a range of issues including, Feelings Expression, Social Skills, Self-Esteem, and Termination. A "must have" for mental health professionals seeking to add creative interventions to their repertoire.
ISBN: 978-0-9685199-7-4
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Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families Volume One: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques

Edited by Liana Lowenstein (2008: Toronto, Canada: Champion Press)
Offers an impressive collection of play therapy techniques from experienced practitioners.  Outlines interventionss for engaging, assessing, and treating children of all ages and their families.   Excellent compilation of creative interventions. 
ISBN: 978-0-9685199-4-3  
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Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families Volume Two: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques

Edited by Liana Lowenstein (2010: Toronto, Canada: Champion Press)
Second volume -  Activities address a range of issues including, Feelings Expression, Social Skills, Self-Esteem, and Termination. A "must have" for mental health professionals seeking to add creative interventions to their repertoire.
ISBN: 978-0-9685199-5-0  
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Blending Play Therapy with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Evidence-Based and Other Effective Treatments and Techniques

Edited by Athena A. Drewes (2009: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Offers classic and emerging evidence-based and cognitive behavioral therapy treatments that therapists can use when working with children and adolescents.  Special emphasis on therapist self-care, including empirically-supported studies. 
ISBN: 978-047-017-6405  
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Case Studies in Non-Directive Play Therapy

Virginia Ryan, Kate Wilson (2000: Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
Seven case studies provide a detailed and absorbing account of play therapy undertaken with children and an adolescent, all of whom experienced emotional problems and/or varying forms of abuse. Through the narrative form of these case studies, details of the children's therapeutic progress are given, and then used to inform discussion of wider practical and theoretical issues.
ISBN: 978-1-85302-912-7  
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Child-Centered Play Therapy

Rise VanFleet, Andrea E. Sywulak, Cynthia C. Sniscak (2010: New York, NY: Guilford Press)
Highly practical, instructive, and authoritative, this book vividly describes how to conduct child-centered play therapy. Explains core therapeutic principles and techniques, using rich case material to illustrate treatment of a wide range of difficulties. The focus is on nondirective interventions that allow children to freely express their feelings and take the lead in solving their own problems. 
ISBN: 978-1-60623-902-5  
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Child-Centered Play Therapy

Rise VanFleet (1997: Boiling Springs, PA: The Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center)
Provides an overview of CCPT: rationale, goals, toy selection, specific play session skills and methods, recognition of play themes, interpretation, and special issues. The DVDs include footage of an entire child-centered play session to illustrate concepts and methods.
ISBN: 1-930557-09-04 

Child-Centered Play Therapy Research: The Evidence Base for Effective Practice

Edited by Jennifer N. Baggerly, Dee C. Ray, Sue C. Bratton. (2010: Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Offers a comprehensive discussion of play therapy research studies.  Guidance is provided on evidence-based methods and on how future play therapy research should be conducted.
ISBN: 978-0-470-42201-4   
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Child-Centered Play Therapy, Second Edition

Janet West (1996: Arnold)
This book introduces the concept of play therapy, using case studies to address a range of theoretical and practical issues, including the practical requirements for play therapy, the type of children that may benefit from it, problem areas, evaluation and counselling. In this second edition, the continued use of a case-study approach and the introduction of interactive learning exercises should combine to give the book a unique flavour. The new edition is a 25 per cent revision and has been updated to include new material on play therapy with adults, legal aspects of therapy and a greater emphasis on counselling skills.
ISBN: 978-0340652534
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Child-Centered Play Therapy: A Practical Guide to Developing Therapeutic Relationships with Children

Nancy H. Cochran, William J. Nordling, Jeff L. Cochran. (2010: Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Offers how-to direction and practical advice for conducting child-centered play therapy.  Presents extensive coverage of play therapy applications such as setting goals and treatment planning, as well as recommendations for family and systemic services that can be provided along with play therapy.
ISBN: 978-0-470-44223-4  
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Child-Centered Play Therapy Workbook: A Self-Directed Guide for Professionals

Jodi Ann Mullen and June Rickli (2014: Champaign, IL: Research Press Publishers)

This indispensable workbook successfully combines the foundational content needed to orient play therapists to the child-centered approach with an engaging series of reflective and experiential activities designed to help develop therapeutic competence.

The many activities included here allow readers to engage in an interactive process to learn the philosophy and skills of child-centered play therapy: seeing the world through the child’s eyes, empathizing, tracking, setting limits, recognizing childhood as culture, identifying themes and stages of therapy, and more.  ISBN: 978-087822-682-5

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Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual: A 10-Sessoin Filial Therapy Model for Training Parents

Sue C. Bratton, Garry L. Landreth, Theresa Kellam, Sandra R. Blackard. (2006: New York, NY: Routledge Publishers of Taylor & Francis Publishing.)
Recommended companion to CPRT: A 10-Session Filial Therapy Model. Includes a CD-Rom of training materials which allows for ease of reproduction and enhanced usability.  Workbook helps facilitators of filial training and provides an educational outline to allow filial therapists to pass their knowledge to parents.
ISBN: 978-0-4159-5212-5   
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Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): A 10-Session Filial Therapy Model

Garry L. Landreth, Sue C. Bratton (2006: New York, NY: Routledge Publishers of Taylor & Francis Publishing)
Surveys the historical and theoretical development of the filial therapy training and then filial therapy processes. Includes a transcript of an actual session, provides answers to common questions raised by parents, children, and therapists, and offers other resources and research summaries.
ISBN: 978-0-415-95110-4  
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Child's Play and Play Therapy

Thomas D. Yawkey, Anthony D. Pellegrini (1984: Technomic Pub Co.)
ISBN: 978-0877623397 
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Children in Play Therapy

Clark E. Moustakas (1977: Ballantine Books)
ISBN: 978-045257499

Children's Stories in Play Therapy

Ann Cattanach (1997: Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
Author explores further the therapeutic value of story-making with children. Incorporating stories from children and by other authors, the book examines the common themes and metaphors that emerge, the purpose of stories, and the communication that they can engender between the therapist and the child. Case studies and specific examples are used to show how the stories are created and developed.
ISBN: 978-1-85302-362-0  
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Children's Use of Board Games in Psychotherapy.

Jill Bellinson. (2002: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc.)
Describes ways that structured board games can reveal the internal psychodynamic working of the child and can be understood as projective material.
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0356-9   
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Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy

Susan M. Knell (1996: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. an Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
CBPT incorporates cognitive and behavioral interventions within a play therapy paradigm. It provides a theoretical framework and integrates these in a developmentally sensitive way. Thus, play as well as verbal and nonverbal approaches are used in resolving problems. 
ISBN: 978-1-5682-1719
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Contemporary Play Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice

Edited by Charles E. Schaefer, Heidi G. Kaduson (2006: New York, NY: Guilford Press)
This highly practical book presents current developments in play therapy, including innovative applications for particular problems and populations. 
ISBN: 978-0-471-13959-1
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Cory Helps Kids Cope with Divorce: Playful Therapeutic Activities for Young Children

Liana Lowenstein (2013: Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Champion Press)

A workbook of sequential activities to use with young kids of divorced parents.
ISBN: 13:9780968519981

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Counseling Children and Adolescents through Grief and Loss

Jody J. Fiorini, Jodi A. Mullen (2006: Champaign, IL: Research Press)
Provides developmentally appropriate interventions for counseling children and adolescents who have experience a wide range of grief and loss, including secondary and intangible losses such as moving and divorce.
ISBN: 978-0878225538
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Counseling Families: Play-Based Treatment

Eric J. Green, Jennifer N. Baggerly, Amie C. Myrick (2015: Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)
Presents a practical integration of expressive arts and play therapy within family counseling from a humanistic perspective. When working with families with young children, play psychotherapy is often used by clinicians with an individual child, but not necessarily integrated within the familial context. This volume presents an integrative model of family play counseling that incorporates tenets of filial therapy, family play therapy, expressive arts, and play interventions when working with children and their families. The authors also include chapters on supervision of therapists providing family play counseling, as well as critical steps toward self-care to prevent burn out.
ISBN: 978-1442244153
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Creative Family Therapy Techniques: Play, Art, & Expressive Activities

Liana Lowenstein (2010: Toronto, Canada: Champion Press)
Bringing together an array of highly creative contributors, this comprehensive resource presents a unique collection of assessment and treatment techniques. Contributors illustrate how play, art, drama, and other approaches can effectively engage families and help them resolve complex problems. Practitioners from divergent theoretical orientations, work settings, or client specializations will find a plethora of stimulating and useable clinical interventions in this book.
ISBN: 978-0-9685199-6-7
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Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children

Liana Lowenstein (2006: Toronto, Canada: Champion Press)
Creative compilation of therapeutic games, art activities, and stories to help bereaved children express feelings of grief, learn basic concepts of death, diffuse traumatic reminders, address self-blame, commemorate the deceased, and learn coping strategies. Includes special activities for cancer, suicide, and homicide, and tips for caregivers and school personnel. For ages 7-12 in individual, group, and family counseling.
ISBN: 978-096-851-9920
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Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce

Liana Lowenstein (2006: Toronto, Canada: Champion Press)
A collection of therapeutic games, art techniques, and stories to help children of divorce express feelings, deal with loyalty binds, disengage from parental conflict, address self-blame, and learn coping strategies.  Includes tips for parents, and a ten-week group counseling curriculum. For ages 7-12 in individual, group, and family counseling.
ISBN: 978-096-851-9936
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Creative Interventions for Troubled Children & Youth

Liana Lowenstein (1999: Toronto, Canada: Champion Press)
This best-selling collection is filled with creative assessment and treatment interventions to help clients identify feelings, learn coping strategies, enhance social skills, and elevate self-esteem. A wealth of practical tools. For ages 4-16 in individual, group, and family counseling.
ISBN: 978-096-851-9905
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Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children

Edited by Cathy A. Malchiodi (2008: New York, NY: Guilford Press)
Demonstrates a range of creative approaches for facilitating children's emotional reparation and recovery from trauma.  Includes experienced practitioners who describe step-by-step strategies for working with individual children, families and groups.  Addresses parental loss, child abuse, accidents, family violence, bullying, and mass trauma. 
ISBN: 978-1-59385-615-1
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Cultural Issues in Play Therapy

Edited by Eliana Gil, Athena A. Drewes (2005: New York, NY: Guilford Press)
This is the first book to focus on these issues. Includes detailed case studies with different populations.
ISBN: 978-1-59385-380-8
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Developmental Play Therapy in Clinical Social Work

Elizabeth M. Timberlake, Marika Moore Cutler (2000: Allyn & Bacon)
Covers all aspects of play therapy with children in mental health clinics, schools, health settings, private practice offices, and child and family service agencies. This book draws on classic and current materials in developing a theoretically-framed, dynamic assessment and intervention model of clinical social work with children and their parents. It integrates concepts and practice principles with real-life case vignettes in individualized application to multiple problems in multiple practice settings.

ISBN: 978-0205297498
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Dibs in Search of Self

Virginia M. Axline (1964: New York, NY: Ballantine Books
The renowned, deeply moving story of an emotionally lost child who found his way back.  The classic of child therapy. Dibs will not talk, not play, and has locked himself in a very special prison.  And he is alone.  This is the true story of  how he learned to reach out for the sunshine, for life… how he came to the breathless discovery of himself that brought him back to the world of other children. 
ISBN: 978-0345339256
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Digging for Buried Treasure, Volume 2: 52 "More" Prop-Based Play Therapy Interventions for Treating the Problems of Childhood

Paris Goodyear-Brown (2005: Antioch, TN: Paris Goodyear-Brown)
Clinical techniques that address the treatment of traumatized children, more skill building exercises for children with impulse control problems and social skill deficits, cognitive behavioral play therapy techniques, and strategies for the goal-setting process and the termination phase of treatment.
ISBN: 1-59744-035-3
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Digging for Buried Treasure, Volume I: 52 Prop-Based Play Therapy Interventions for Treating the Problems of Childhood

Paris Goodyear-Brown (2005: Antioch, TN: Paris Goodyear-Brown)
This compendium of innovative treatment techniques is useful for children with a multitude of problems. The techniques are arranged according to treatment focus with categories including feelings expression and verbalization, self-esteem, anger management, social skills, and impulse control strategies.
ISBN: 1-832203-11-7
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Directive Group Play Therapy

Norma Leben (1993: Pflugerville, TX: Morning Glory Treatment Center for Children)
60 structured games for the treatment of ADHD, low self-esteem, and childhood trauma.
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Draw Me a Picture: The Meaning of Children's Drawings and Pay from the Perspective of Analytical Psychology

Theresa Foks-Appelman (2007: Foxap Scriptus Nuenen the Netherlands)
Uses children's drawings to tell us about their emotional situations and help us to recognize their signals.  This book offers illustrative examples from the author's therapeutic practice, links to the world of children's games, and is for play therapists, art therapists, Sandplay therapists and teachers. 
ISBN: 978-1-4196-6201-0
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Emotion-Regulating Play Therapy with ADHD Children: Staying with Playing

Enrico Gnaulati (2008: Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
Draws upon contemporary psychoanalytic thought, attachment theory and the literature on children's emotional development.
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0523-5
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Empirically Based Play Interventions for Children

Linda A. Reddy, Tara M. Files-Hall, & Charles E. Schaefer (2005: Washington, DC: American Psychological Association)
Answers call from professional and managed-care organizations for research-based treatment methods with proven efficacy.  Describes a range of play interventions that feature flexibility in service delivery and across settings, child populations and age groups.
ISBN: 978-159-147-2155
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Entering the Child's World: A Play Therapy Approach

J.P. Schoeman (1996: Kagiso Publishers)
ISBN: 978-0798635585
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Essential Play Therapy Techniques: Time Tested Approaches

Charles E. Schaefer, Donna Cangelosi (2016: The Guilford Press)
Highly practical and user friendly, this book presents 58 play therapy techniques that belong in every child clinician's toolbox. The expert authors draw from multiple theoretical orientations to showcase powerful, well-established approaches applicable to a broad range of childhood problems. Activities, needed materials, and variations of each technique are succinctly described. Of critical importance for today's evidence-based practitioner, each chapter also includes a historical perspective on the technique at hand, a rationale explaining its therapeutic power, and a review of relevant empirical findings. The book enables readers to determine which strategies are appropriate for a particular child or group and rapidly incorporate them into practice.
ISBN: 978-1-4625-2449-5
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Evocative Strategies in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

David A. Crenshaw (2007: Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
Integrates psychoanalytic and attachment theories and can be incorporated into a variety of therapy methods. Offers more than 150 strategies, including both Directive and Child-Centered Play Therapy strategies, to engage children in an emotionally meaningful process.
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0580-8
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Family Play Therapy

Charles E. Schaefer, Lois J. Carey (1994: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers)
Combines both play and family treatment modalities by discussing and demonstrating various techniques and diverse theoretical approaches.
ISBN: 978-1-5682-1150-3
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Filial Therapy: Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships through Play, Second Edition

Rise VanFleet (2005: Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press)
Comprehensive how-to-do-it guide provides applied filial therapy techniques for use with 3-12 year-old children experiencing a wide range of clinical problems. Used in conjunction with the therapy process, learning to conduct and understand the parent-child play sessions.
ISBN: 1-56887-090-6
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Foundations of Play Therapy

Edited by Charles E. Schaefer (2003: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Comprehensively covers major theoretical play therapy models with practical examples of how each might be applied in practice.
ISBN: 978-0-471-26472-9
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Foundations of Play Therapy: Second Edition

Edited by Charles E. Schaefer (2011: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Fully updated and revised Second Edition provides in-depth coverage of all the major models of play therapy from leading play therapists. Each chapter is fully revised and provides up-to-date discussions of the latest developments, applications, and empirical support for each theory. Play therapists and other mental health professionals will benefit from this landmark text.
ISBN: 978-0-470-52752-8
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Fun to Grow On: Engaging Play Activities for Kids with Teachers, Parents and Grandparents

Virginia K. Morin (1999: Chicago, IL: Magnolia Street Publishers)
167 fun activities for adults to share with children ages 3-10. These activities foster closeness and cooperation and facilitate interaction.
ISBN: 978-1890374013
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Game Play: Therapeutic use of Childhood Games

Edited by Charles E. Schaefer & Steven E. Reid (1986: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Highlights the psychological significance of using games toa ssess and treat various childhood disorders.  Provides theoretical approaches, therapeutic techniques and parctical guidelines for applying games to play therapy with children.
ISBN: 978-0-471-81972-7
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Game Play: Therapeutic Use of Childhood Games, Second Edition

Edited by Charles E. Schaefer, Steven E. Reid (2000: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
This landmark, updated edition of Game Play explores the advantages of using games in clinical- and school-based therapeutic interventions with children and adolescents. This unique book shows how playing games can promote socialization, encourage the development of identity and self-esteem, and help individuals master anxiety-while setting the stage for deeper therapeutic intervention in subsequent sessions.
ISBN: 978-0-471-36256-2
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Group Filial Therapy: The Complete Guide to Teaching Parents to Play Therapeutically with Their Children

In Group Filial Therapy, therapists train parents to undertake play sessions with their own children until these skills become an integral part of family life. Based on Non-directive Play Therapy principles, this evidence-based approach is a highly effective method for working therapeutically with children and families in crisis. This professional manual provides an accessible introduction to the theory and practice of the Group Filial Therapy approach, and for the first time offers step-by-step instructions for designing and implementing filial therapy group programmes with families. The authors address important practical considerations, such as how to determine the composition of groups and the duration of programmes, how to conduct intake interviews and assessments, as well as the personal qualities and skills needed to be an effective Filial Therapy group leader. ISBN: 978-1-8431-0911-2

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Group Play Interventions for Children: Strategies for Teaching Prosocial Skills

Linda A. Reddy (2012: Washington, DC: American Psychological Association)
Play therapy is used to meet a broad range of developmental needs in children from various backgrounds.  In this book, mental health practitioners will find fun, useful strategies for helping children ages 5 through 12 learn social skills such as making friends, asking for and offering help, controlling their movements, and using appropriate words.
ISBN: 978-1-4338-1055-8
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Group Play Therapy Primer

Kevin J. O'Connor (2001: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
This new guidebook helps mental health practitioners become more comfortable with how to conduct groups and provides them with strategies for overcoming logistical problems involved in doing group work. Twenty-five different games and activities are provided along with referrals to multiple source books for additional ideas.
ISBN: 978-0471415336
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Handbook for Treatment of Attachment-Trauma Problems in Children

Beverly James (1994: New York, NY: The Free Press: A division of Simon and Schuster, Inc.)
An overview of the theories of attachment, psychological trauma, and child development and offers suggestions for assessing and working with trauma-related attachment disturbances. 
ISBN:  978-0-0291-6005-3
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Handbook of Play Therapy, Volume 1

Edited by Charles E. Schaefer, Kevin J. O'Connor (1982: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Describes the major approaches, techniques, and adaptations for children with special problems (hospitalized, handicapped, abused, etc.).
ISBN: 978-0-471-09462-3
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Handbook of Play Therapy, Volume 2: Advances and Innovations

Edited by Kevin J. O'Connor, Charles E. Schaefer (1994: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Provides an in-depth look at state-of-the-art play therapy practices and principles.  
ISBN: 978-0-471-58463-6
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Hand in Hand II: Art/Play Therapist's Treasury Chest

Betty Bedard-Bidwell (2001: General Store Publishing House)
Hand in Hand II is a further collection of material on the use of art and play therapy in group work. In this volume are leading-edge papers by active professionals in the field of art and play therapy.Chapters include specific group formats on separation and divorce, adolescent mask making, art and play in shelters, children with special needs, and a self-evaluation and self-control workshop for boys. Topics such as domestic abuse, self-esteem in teens, working with traumatic brain-injured children, anger control, the problems experienced by foster children and foster parents, and many more, are covered as well.
ISBN: 978-1894263399 
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Helping Abused and Traumatized Children: Integrating Directive and Nondirective Approaches

Eliana Gil (2006: New York, NY: Guilford Press)
Combines play, art, and other expressive therapies with cognitive-behavioral and family therapy to focus on trauma-related symptomatology and help children to process painful feelings difficult to verbalize.  Includes cases that emphasize the unique situation of each child and family, the decision making process of the therapist, and the application of developmentally appropriate interventions. 
ISBN: 978-1-59385-334-1
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Helping Bereaved Children: A Handbook for Practitioners

Nancy Boyd Webb (1993: New York, NY: Guilford Press)
This handbook presents theoretical principles and detailed descriptions drawn from the clinical experience of mental health professionals.  ISBN-13: 978-0898621303
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Helping Bereaved Children: Second Edition: A Handbook for Practitioners

Nancy Boyd Webb (2002: New York, NY: Guilford Press)
Demonstrates a range of therapeutic approaches and interventions for children who have experienced loss. 
ISBN: 978-1572306325
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Helping Bereaved Children: Third Edition: A Handbook for Practitioners

Edited by Nancy Boyd Webb. (2010: New York, NY: Guilford Press)
Significantly revised and updated to reflect new information and approaches. Covers additional types of loss: war-related death in the family, deaths connected to natural disasters, and the loss of a pet.  Additional therapy modalities: cognitive-behavioral therapy and play therapy; conjoint caregiver-child treatment; and bereavement groups and camps.  Addresses how to help parents and teachers meet bereaved children's needs.
ISBN: 978-1-60623-597-3
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Hidden Treasure: A Map to the Child's Inner Self

Violet Oaklander (2006: London, England: Karnac Books)
Follows Oaklander's best selling book, Windows to our Children. Contains material developed by her over the last 27 years.  Provides an approach that involves a variety of creative, projective, and expressive techniques with Gestalt Therapy, theory, philosophy, and practice.  Applicable to a wide variety of ages and individual work, family work, and group settings.
ISBN: 978-1855754904
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How Play Therapists Can Engage Parents and Professionals

Jodi Anne Mullen and June A. Rickli (2011: Oswego, NY: Integrative Counseling Services, PLLC)
This workbook is the missing component for many practitioners of Play Therapy and child counseling. It is challenging to translate the philosophy and practice of Play Therapy into a common language even among mental health professionals. This workbook engages play therapists in building professional competence and confidence that are the foundation for sound consultation. Some highlights include:
·         Parent & Professional Profiles
·         Strategies for Engaging
·         Consultation Checklists
ISBN: 978-0-9796287-6-4

How to Make, Manage, and Maintain Your Play Therapy Private Practice

Teri Krull (2009: Mesa, AZ: Center for Positive Regard)
Simplifies the challenging aspects of owning and operating a private play therapy practice.  Reviews how to work with insurance and translate play therapy, ethical considerations in private practice and much more.  Includes sample forms and formula for professional practice success.  DVD format /Manual. 
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If You Turned Into a Monster: Transformation through Play: A Body-Centred Approach to Play Therapy

Dennis McCarthy (2007: Philadelphia, PA, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Inc.)
Invites distressed or traumatized children to communicate with play therapists in their own way with the non-verbal language of play.  Demonstrates that the therapeutic process begins when children are allowed to play, move, and draw impulsively and creatively in the supportive presence of the therapist.
ISBN: 978-1-84310-529-9
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Innovations in Play Therapy: Issues, Process and Special Populations

Arthur Kraft & Garry L. Landreth (2000: New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge-Taylor & Francis Group)
This book is unique in exploring the process of conducting short-term intensive group play therapy and the subsequent results. It focuses on play therapy with special populations of aggressive acting-out children, autistic children, chronically ill children, traumatized children, selective mute children, disassociative identity disorder adults with child alters, and the elderly. 
ISBN: 978-1-56032-881-0
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Innovative Psychotherapy Techniques in Child and Adolescent Therapy: Second Edition

Edited by Charles E. Schaefer (1999: New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Provides therapists with a wide variety of valuable treatment, nontraditional intervention techniques & important clinically proven techniques.
ISBN: 978-0-471-24404-2
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Inscapes of the Child's World: Jungian Counseling in Schools and Clinics

John Allan (1988: Putnam, CT: Spring Publications, Inc.)
Focuses on activating the regenerative ability of the psyche in individual and group work with wide variety of common problems. 
ISBN: 978-0-88214-338-5
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Integrative Play Therapy

Edited by Athena A. Drewes, Sue C. Bratton, Charles E. Schaefer (2011: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Presents methods for blending the best theories together to arrive at the most efficacious treatments. Provided with conceptual chapters that introduce the nature and importance of working with an integrative approach.
ISBN: 978-0-470-61792-2
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International Handbook of Play Therapy: Advances in Assessment, Theory, Research and Practice

Edited by Charles E. Schaefer, Judith McCormick, Akiko Ohnogi (2005: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
International scholars and therapists provide practical information for immediate use in clinical work with children and adolescents. Focuses on advances in assessment, theory, research, and practice that have universal appeal rather than adaptations of play therapy to specific cultures.
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0122-0
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Introduction to Filial Play Therapy

Rise VanFleet (1999: Boiling Springs, PA: The Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center)
Provides an overview of the entire process of Filial Play Therapy. The DVD shows how to train and supervise parents as they conduct special child-centered play sessions with their children, and how to incorporate family issues in a mutual problem-solving process that benefits children and parents alike. Filial Play Therapy has been used successfully with a wide range of child/family problems, including anxiety, aggression, abuse, adoption, divorce, substance abuse, trauma, chronic illness, single parenting, teen parenting, and relationship problems. Filial Play Therapy has been used in many different settings as well.
ISBN: 1-930557-10-8

Introduction to Play Therapy

Ann Cattanach (2003: New York, NY: Routledge-Taylor & Francis Group)
Provides a basic grounding in play therapy intervention, answering questions such as: Who can play therapy help? What are the best settings for play therapy? How should you train in play therapy? A variety of models of working with play are explored, and an evaluation of the meaning of childhood is discussed in clear language, illustrated with clinical examples. 
ISBN: 978-1-58391-248-5
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Jungian Play Therapy and Sandplay with Children: Myth, Mandala and Meaning

(2013: Alexandria VA, Microtraining Associates)
Jungian Play Therapy and Sandplay with Children delivers an overview of play therapy from the Jungian--or analytical--perspective and instructs how to incorporate sand play with children into clinical practice.
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Kaleidoscope of Play Therapy Stories

Edited by Emily Oe, Sherry Mullen (1996: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. an Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.)
A collection of play therapy anecdotes.  
ISBN: 978-1-56821-786-4
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Linking Parents To Play Therapy: A Practical Guide With Applications, Interventions, and Case Studies

Deborah Killough-McGuire, Donald E. McGuire (2000: New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge-Taylor & Francis Group)
Makes the play therapist's professional life with parents less stressful, more efficient, and more effective, the result of a sensitive, caring, and insightful parent-therapist relationship. 
ISBN: 978-1-56032-859-9
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Maggie's Visit to the Playroom

Linda M. Ramirez, Maria L. Salcines (2000: McAllen, TX: Marlin Books)
Presents the realities of play therapy through the eyes of a child and the essence of play therapy in clear, understandable, and accurate language.
ISBN: 978-0945199229
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Matt's in Trouble - Again!

Linda M. Ramirez, Maria L. Salcines (2001: McAllen, TX: Marlin Books)
Offers an insightful account of a boy who reacts to his parent's divorce with anger, confusion, and insecurity.
ISBN: 0-9713839-2-8
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Memories Live Forever: A Memory Book for Grieving Children

Sharon Rugg (1995: Marietta, GA: Rising Center for Loss and Renewal)
Provides safe nurturing way to encourage children to mourn in loving ways.
ISBN: 0-9652410-0-9
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More Creative Interventions for Troubled Children and Youth

Liana Lowenstein (2002: Toronto, Canada: Champion Press)
Presents MORE creative interventions to engage children, youth, & families in counseling and address treatment issues such as feelings identification, anger management, social skills, and self-esteem. Geared to 4-16 year-old clients in individual, group, and family counseling. 
ISBN: 978-096-851-9912
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Narrative Approaches in Play with Children

Ann Cattanach (2007: Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
Describes using narrative play therapeutically with children who have lived in multiple families, children who have problems with social understanding and children who have learning difficulties.  Provides narrative play techniques and sample scripts both for therapists and for parents whose circumstances require a therapeutic parenting approach. 
ISBN: 978-1-84310-588-6
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Narrative Play Therapy: Theory and Practice

Aideen Taylor De Faoite (2011: Herndon, VA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
Narrative Play Therapy is a highly effective play - based psychological intervention that enables therapists to help children communicate difficult experiences and complex emotions through co-constructed stories. A definitive guide to the approach, offering both a coherent theoretical outline and a clear explanation of its practical applications. This book will be an essential resource for students of play therapy, play therapy practitioners, and all other professionals working with children therapeutically.

ISBN: 978-1849051422
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On Becoming a Jungian Sandplay Therapist: The Healing Spirit of Sandplay in Nature and in Therapy

Lenore F. Steinhardt (2013: Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
Discusses the deep inner process of entering the sandplay profession and addresses important creative aspects of understanding and practicing sandplay.  It describes the current theory behind the approach and the roles of the therapist and the client, explores the healing potential of nature and the numinous in art and sandplay, and provides a detailed ten-year case study of an Israeli woman of North African origin, whose fear was transformed by creativity and emotional support.
ISBN: 978-1-84905-338-9
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Overcoming Resistance: Engaging Parents in Play Therapy

Rise VanFleet (1999): Boiling Springs, PA: The Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center)
Explores types and sources of parental resistance to play and family therapies and provides viewers with practical methods for working with challenging families. Includes ways to explain play therapy to parents as well as ways to handle many different forms of resistance. The DVD also includes demonstrations of the methods by Dr. VanFleet.
ISBN: 1-930557-11-6

Paper Dolls and Paper Airplanes: Therapeutic Exercises for Sexually Traumatized Children

Geraldine Crisci, Marilynn Lay, Liana Lowenstein (1998: Toronto, Canada: Champion Press)
A sexual abuse treatment manual packed with over 80 hands-on activities for use with abused children of all ages.  
ISBN: 978-1558641297
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Parents as Therapeutic Partners: Are You Listening to Your Child's Play?

Arthur Kraft, Garry L. Landreth (1998: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. and Imprint of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
This book teaches parents how to conduct play therapy with their own young children. Teaching parents to be play therapists enhances the efforts of the mental health professional, who now becomes a consultant to the parent-therapist.
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0106-0
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Partners in Play: An Adlerian Approach to Play Therapy, Second Edition

Terry Kottman (2003: Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association)
Presents a working model for combining the basic principles of individual psychology with tested techniques in play therapy for optimal intervention with children in school and private practice settings.
ISBN: 978-155-620-1950
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Pet Assisted Play Therapy (PAPT): The Theory and Dynamics of PAPT…Your Pet Assistant Can Be Much More Than A Friendly Visitor

Bonnie Martin (2012: Port Richey, FL: Self Published)
This book includes information on animal assisted therapy and the various roles of a pet assistant; the positive impact an animal can have in the therapeutic play process; the uses of PAPT in diagnostic applications; and much more. Bonnie Martin shares anecdotes, artwork, and practical knowledge based on the author`s ten years of experience with a canine co-therapist.
ISBN: 978-1-4675-3583-0
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Play Diagnosis and Assessment, Second Edition

Edited by Karen Gitlin-Weiner, Alice Sandgrund, Charles E. Schaefer (2000: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Focusing on the needs of the clinician, this new edition presents empirically tested diagnostic tools & describes improvements to existing play therapy assessment instruments. 
ISBN: 0-471-25457-6
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Play in Clinical Practice: Evidence-Based Approaches

Edited by Sandra W. Russ, Larissa N. Niec (2011: New York, NY: The Guilford Press)
Assembles leading experts on child development and child therapy to present the latest knowledge and clinical practices in this area.  Exemplary approaches to working with children and their families are illustrated with rich case
material.  The book describes how a variety of therapeutic models -including cognitive-behavioral therapies - incorporate play to promote healthy development and teach children needed skills.
ISBN: 978-1-60918-046-1
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Play In Family Therapy

Eliana Gil (1994: New York, NY: Guilford Press)
Provides an integration of family and play therapy that encourages the reader to realize all family members' capacities for expressive play.
ISBN: 978-0-89862-757-2
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Play Therapy

Jay Cerio (2000: Lea Powell Institute)
This is a practical introduction to the skills and knowledge necessary for using play therapy with children. The author's clear prose, straightforward explanations of concepts, examples from clinical practice, and use of humor makes this an eminently accessible text. Topics that are covered include toy selection, play room set-up, therapeutic responding, limit setting, use of games, cultural issues, and orienting child and adult consumers.
ISBN: 978-0960496242
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Play Therapy

Virginia M. Axline (1947: New York, NY: Ballantine Books)
Gives specific illustrations of how therapy  can be implemented in play contacts, and tells how they toys of the playroom can be vivid performers and aids in growth.  The author has taken true case histories from the rich mine of verbatim case material of children referred for play therapy, choosing children ranging in age, problem and personality.  The groundbreaking book that has become a vital tool in the growth and development of children. 
ISBN: 978-0345303356
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Play Therapy (Finding the Child in its Own Heaven)

Ursula Bartning (2000: Gavemer Publishing)
A creative approach to play therapy for the mentally handicapped child.
ISBN: 978-0947343071
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Play Therapy and Asperger's Syndrome: Helping Children and Adolescents Grow, Connect and Health Through the Art of Play

Kevin B. Hull (2011: Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson, Inc.)
Provides a history of Asperger's syndrome and the challenges that often arise in therapy with this population. The book examines therapist characteristics and skills necessary to effectively utilize play therapy with young people diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. Play Therapy and Asperger's Syndrome presents the main therapeutic themes of children and adolescents diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and play therapy techniques are provided for each theme to address the emotional, behavioral, and relational challenges. A separate chapter is devoted to issues of divorce and grief/loss and presents specific play therapy techniques to help children and adolescents diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome during these potentially tumultuous life events. Each chapter presents play therapy techniques to help build family connections and help parents/caregivers connect in a deeper understanding of their child or adolescent diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0856-4
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Play Therapy Basic Training Workbook: A Guide to Learning and Living the Child-Centered Play Therapy Philosophy

Jodi Ann Mullen (2007: Oswego, NY: Integrative Counseling Services, PLLC)
Guides budding and seasoned play and child therapists through a philosophical orientation to child-centered play therapy while simultaneously integrating reflective and experiential exercises that are relevant to clinical practice.  Readers are engaged in the learning process from start to finish and as a result will witness personal and professional growth with completion of each section.
ISBN: 978-0-97966287-0-2

Play Therapy Dimensions Model: A Decision-Making Guide For Integrative Play Therapists

Lorri Yasenik and Ken Gardner, Forewords by Joyce C. Mills and Athena A. Drewes (2012: Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
With a wealth of practical and effective tools, this book provides a unique model that is fully illustrated by an instructional DVD. The model allows therapists to tailor their approach to the specific needs of the child. Practitioners are encouraged to be engaged and flexible during sessions, adapting their levels of directiveness and consciousness according to the child's responses. Through detailed written and visual case studies, the authors clearly explain the model, how to use it and the positive therapeutic effects it can have on the child. The book also provides additional support to play therapy practitioners and play therapy supervisors with the inclusion of useful forms that aid therapy planning, conceptualization and evaluation.  This extensive and accessible handbook is an incomparable resource for beginning and seasoned play therapists, play therapy supervisors and instructors. It will also be of interest to child and educational psychologists and health professionals.
ISBN: 978-1-84905-296-2
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Play Therapy Dimensions Model: A Decision-Making Guide for Therapists

Lorri Yasenik, Ken Gardner (2004: Calgary, Alberta, Canada: The Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute)
Addresses a wide variety of play therapy treatment approaches to practitioners with diverse theoretical orientations, anchors the process to two primary dimensions - consciousness and directiveness - illustrated by two clinical case examples and accompanied by an instructional DVD.  OUT OF PRINT

Play Therapy for Preschool Children

Edited by Charles E. Schaefer (2009: Washington, DC: American Psychological Assocation)
A sourcebook of play interventions for preventing and resolving the most common disorders of children ages 3 to 5 years. Contributors demonstrate how to use play therapy in conjunction with parent psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
ISBN: 978-143-380-5660
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Play Therapy for Very Young Children

Edited by Charles E. Schaefer, Sophronia Kelly-Zion, Judith McCormick, Akiko Ohnogi (2008: Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc)
This book is one of the first to present the major models of play interventions with very young children and their families. In this collection of essays by child development experts, the editors provide a comprehensive guide of the most beneficial effects of play therapy and play for the very young.
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0520-4
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Play Therapy in Action: A Casebook for Practitioners

Edited by Terry Kottman, Charles E. Schaefer (1995: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. an Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
Brings together concrete applications of play therapy by seasoned clinicians from various theoretical perspectives. The goal is to reflect the broad spectrum of approaches that now exist in the field. This casebook offers step-by-step treatment guidelines for a number of childhood difficulties.
ISBN: 978-1-5682-1058-2
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Play Therapy Interventions to Enhance Resilience

Edited by David A. Crenshaw, Robert Brooks, and Sam Goldstein (2015: New York, NY: The  Guilford Press, A Division of Guilford Publications, Inc.) 

The importance of therapeutic play in helping children recover from adversity has long been recognized. This unique volume brings together experts on resilience, trauma, and play therapy to describe effective treatment approaches in this key area. The book begins by providing guiding principles for intervention and describing the specific properties of play that promote resilience. Subsequent chapters delve into clinical applications, including such strategies as storytelling and metaphors, sand play, art therapy, play therapy adaptations for school settings, group interventions, and the use of therapeutic writing. Rich case studies and vignettes demonstrate creative ways to bolster at-risk children's strengths and enhance their natural capacity to thrive. ISBN: 978-1-4625-2046-6

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Play Therapy Interventions with Children's Problems: Case Studies with DMS-IV-TR Diagnosis, Second Edition

Garry L Landreth, Daniel S. Sweeney, Dee C. Ray, Linda E. Homeyer, Geraldine J. Glover (2005: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. and imprint of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc.)
Digests play therapy procedures from case studies and research, and provides documentation justifying the use of play therapy.
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0801-4
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Play Therapy Interventions with Children's Problems: Case Studies with DSM-IV Diagnoses: First Edition

Garry L. Landreth, Linda E. Homeyer, Geraldine Glover, Daniel S. Sweeney (1996: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson Inc., an Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
Easy-to-use reference to the most effective play therapy techniques and their substantiated results.  Concise digests of play therapy procedures explore the most difficult, as well as the most common problems encountered by play therapists.
ISBN: 978-1-56821-482-5
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Play Therapy Supervision DVD & Manual

Teri Krull (2004: Mesa, AZ: Center for Positive Regard)
Offers almost two hours of practical advanced instruction about supervision from a prominent play therapy supervisor.  Includes DVD and a Play Therapy Supervision Guide packed with useful forms to be used during supervision. A 'must' for a supervisor's professional library.  DVD format.
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Play Therapy Techniques

Charles E. Schaefer, Donna M. Cangelosi (1994: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc.)
Compilation of both classic and recent play strategies to be offered to child clinicians.  Valuable sourcebook of useful and practical techniques for both novice and experienced play therapists.  Includes such a wide variety of play techniques (art, puppet, sand dramatic water, doll, costume and game play).
ISBN: 978-0-87668-176-3
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Play Therapy Techniques, Second Edition

Charles E. Schaefer, Donna M. Cangelosi (2002: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
Second edition includes seven new chapters in addition to the original twenty-four. These lively chapters expand the comprehensive scope of the book by describing issues involved in beginning and ending therapy, using metaphors, playing music and ball, and applying the renowned "Color Your Life" technique.
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0360-6
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Play Therapy The Inner Dynamics of Childhood

Virginia M. Axline (1947: Houghton Mifflin)
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Play Therapy Theory and Practice: A Comparative Presentation

Edited by Kevin J. O'Connor, Lisa M. Braverman (1997: Somerset: NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Multiple theorists present their approaches to the treatment of a single case.
ISBN: 978-047-1-10638-8
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Play Therapy Theory and Practice: Comparing Theories and Technique, Second Edition

Edited by Kevin J. O'Connor, Lisa D. Braverman (2009: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc)
Provides a current guide to the 10 major approaches to play therapy.  Covers bipolar and ADHD diagnosis and the use psychotropic medications.  Addresses major play therapy models.  Great for refreshing perspective, sharpening skills, and students seeking initial information and training.
ISBN: 978-047-012-2365
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Play Therapy Treatment Planning & Interventions: The Ecosystemic Approach

Kevin J. O'Connor, Sue Ammen (1997: San Diego, CA: Academic Press: A division of Harcourt Brace & Co.)
Presents the theory and practice of Ecoystemic Play Therapy. Includes a workbook to facilitate goal oriented treatment planning and intake and treatment plans suitable for inclusing in children's files.
ISBN: 978-0125241359
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Play Therapy with Abused Children, Second Edition

Ann Cattanach (2008: Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Inc.)
Provides practical ways of starting play therapy with abused children and explains how the child can use this process for healing. Offers new case study materials. Suggested short/medium term interventions. 
ISBN: 978-1-84310-587-9
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Play Therapy with Adolescents

Edited by Loretta Gallo-Lopez, Charles E. Schaefer (2005: Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
Offers complete variety of play therapy approaches specifically geared toward adolescents. The chapters, written by experts in the field, offer readers entry into the world of adolescents, showing how to make connections and alliances. 
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0802-1
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Play Therapy with Adults

Edited by Charles E. Schaefer (2002: Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Addresses healing through the use of a variety of play therapy techniques and methods. Various clients, groups, and treatment settings are given special attention, including working with adolescents, the elderly, couples, individuals with dementia, and clients in group therapy.
ISBN: 0-471-13959-9
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Play Therapy with Children in Crisis, Third Edition: Individual, Group and Family Treatment

Edited by Nancy Boyd Webb Nancy Boyd (2007: New York, NY: Guilford Press)
Revised and updated. Widely adopted casebook and text presents effective and creative approaches to helping children who have experienced such stressful situations.
ISBN: 978-1-59385-495-9
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Play Therapy with Children in Crisis: A Casebook for Practitioners

Nancy Boyd Webb (1991: New York, NY: Guilford Press)
Excellent book for new students of play therapy. Its clear organization, practical application of material, concise review of theoretical concepts, and study questions are very user-friendly. The authors' provision of verbatim records of play-therapy sessions, along with therapist impressions, makes this book exceedingly valuable.
ISBN: 978-0898627602
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Play Therapy with Children in Crisis: Second Edition: Individual, Group and Family Treatment

Edited by Nancy Boyd Webb (1999: New York, NY: Guilford Press)
Casebook and text focuses on the treatment of children who have experienced such stressful situations as parental death or divorce, abuse and neglect, HIV/AIDS in the family, community violence, tragic accidents, and war. Play therapy methods presented include art, storytelling, doll-play, group art activities, and games.
ISBN: 978-1572304857
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Play Therapy with Kids and Canines: Benefits for Children's Developmental and Psychosocial Health

Rise VanFleet (2008: Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press)
Looks at the effect that dogs can have in children's therapy.  Provides examples on the way dogs are integrated specifically into play therapy.  Explains process of obtaining a dog for therapeutic uses and how it benefits the child.  Canine co-therapists section helps incorporate dogs in nondirective and directive play therapy sessions. 
ISBN: 978-1-56887-112-7
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Play Therapy with Mentally Subnormal Children

Henry Leland (1965: Grune & Stratton)
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Play Therapy with Sexually Abused Children: A Synergistic Clinical-Developmental Approach

Robert Ciottone, John Madonna (1996: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. an Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)
Verbatim accounts of the child's therapy are used to illustrate a new treatment approach for abused children, Synergistic Play Therapy. Links theoretical reasoning with the specific dos and don'ts of clinical practice. Purpose, rationale, and impact for interventions are woven into session transcripts. 
ISBN: 978-1-56821-571-6
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Play Therapy with Traumatized Children: A Prescriptive Approach

Paris Goodyear-Brown (2009: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Introducing a practical model of play therapy for traumatized children. Author codifies her model Flexibly Sequential Play Therapy (FSPT) and integrates non-directive and directive approaches.  This components-based model allows for the uniqueness of each child to be valued while providing a safe, systematic journal towards trauma resolution.
ISBN: 978-0-470-39524-0
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Play Therapy with Vulnerable Populations: No Child Forgotten

Edited by Eric Green and Amie Myrick (2014: Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)

Play Therapy with Vulnerable Populations: No Child Forgotten provides the latest research-supported, play-based interventions for clinicians to utilize with these children. This book encourages the reader through real-world application case studies to honor the significance of the therapeutic relationship and balance humanism and therapeutic warmth with evidence-based practices.  ISBN: 978-1-4422-3252-5

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Play Therapy, Second Edition - A Non-Directive Approach for Children and Adolescents

Kate Wilson & Virginia Ryan (2006: St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Publishing)
Provides a comprehensive theoretical and practical guide to non-directive play therapy, and effective and ethically sound method of helping troubled children and adolescents with their emotional difficulties.  Uses case material.
ISBN: 0-7020-2771-5
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Play Therapy: A Comprehensive Guide

O'Dessie Oliver James (1997: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc)
Play therapy offers children an opportunity to find a haven from their woes while discovering ways to understand their lives and survive the pressures they experience. In this outstanding compendium, enriched by the author's perspective of years of dedicated work in the field, Dr. Dessie Oliver James reviews the literature on theoretical, technical, and practical considerations in the play therapy arena. Her book will advance the learning curve of the professional at every level of development.

ISBN: 978-0765700520
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Play Therapy: A Non-Directive Approach for Children and Adolescents

Kate Wilson, Paula Kendrick, Virginia Ryan (1992: Bailliere Tindall)
A comprehensive guide to establishing and practicing non-directive play therapy. Covers work with children and adolescents who have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused, and draws on actual case material to maximize practicality. Also includes material on the intricacies of planning therapy, emotional development during therapy, and presenting information in court.
ISBN: 978-0702014871
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Play Therapy: A Strategic Approach

Stanley Kissell (1990: Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd)
ISBN: 978-0398057084
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Play Therapy: An Introduction

Karla D. Carmichael. (2006: Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education Inc.)
Compares play therapy theories by toy selection, role of the therapist, process of therapy, setting of limits, parent involvement, and assessment. Complete basic text with chapters on ethics, law, culture, and diagnosis and assessment.
ISBN: 978-013-097-4181
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Play Therapy: An Overview

Dessie Oliver James (1977: Dabor Science Publications)
ISBN: 978-0895610508
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Play Therapy: Basics And Beyond

Terry Kottman (2001: Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association)
This multitheoretical approach and the abundance of specific, tested techniques are particularly helpful for counselors who want to learn new skills. Multiple examples of each technique & numerous exercises are provided.  
ISBN: 978-155-620-1868
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Play Therapy: Basics and Beyond, Second Edition

Terry Kottman (2011: Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association)
Provides a detailed examination of basic and advanced play therapy concepts and skills and guidance on when and how to use them. Kottman's multitheoretical approach and wealth of explicit techniques are also helpful for clinicians who want to gain greater insight into children's minds and enhance therapeutic communication through the power of play.  A new chapter on working with parents and teachers is introduced in this edition to increase the effectiveness of play therapy.
ISBN: 978-1-55620-305-3
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Play Therapy: Dynamics of the Process of Counseling with

Edited by Garry L. Landreth (1982: Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publishers, Ltd.)
Content includes: Understanding Children's Play; The Child's World; Basic Approaches to Play Therapy; Play Therapy Materials; Therapeutic Limits in Play Therapy; The Play Therapy Process; Issues in Play Therapy; Play Therapy in Schools, Agencies, and Clinics; Innovations in Play Therapy.
ISBN: 78-0-398-06221-7
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Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship, 3rd Edition

Garry L. Landreth (2012: New York, NY: Taylor and Francis Group, LLC)
The newest incarnation of Garry Landreth's comprehensive text on creating therapeutic relationships with children through play. It details Landreth's Child-Centered Play Therapy model, which stresses the importance of understanding the child's world and perspective. This approach facilitates the play therapy process while allowing therapist and client to fully connect. Professors who have taught a course based on the previous edition will be pleased to find the core message intact, but updated with a significant body of recent research. The new edition includes a full chapter on current research in play therapy, new sections on supervising play therapists, legal and ethical issues and multicultural concerns, 30 new photographs that show the author demonstrating techniques in-session, instructions on play room set-up and materials, and online instructor resources.
ISBN: 978-0-415-88681-9
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Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship, Second Edition

Garry L. Landreth (2002: New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge-Taylor & Francis Group)
Accelerating development, comprehensively explores the child-centered approach to play therapy for students and clinicians. 
ISBN: 978-1-58391-327-7
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Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship: First Edition

Garry L. Landreth (1991: New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge-Taylor & Francis Group)
A comprensive e xploration of the child-centered approach to play therapy presented in a format which students and clinicials will find invaluable. 
ISBN: 978-1559590174
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Play Therapy: Where the Sky Meets the Underworld

Ann Cattanach (1994: Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
Manageable style and numerous sensitive insights into the world of play for the child and how it can become a therapeutic process where children 'play out' their perception of their own experiences.  Clear, straightforward language to discuss the theoretical basis for play therapy working through traumatic experiences for children. 
ISBN: 978-1-85302-211-1
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Play With Them: Theraplay Groups in the Classroom: A Technique for Professionals Who Work with Children

Phyllis B. Rubin, Jeanine Tregay (1989: Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publishers, Ltd.)
A detailed manual for conducting highly interactive groups with elementary school aged children.
ISBN: 978-0398055790
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Play-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Edited by Loretta Gallo-Lopez and Lawrence C. Rubin (2012: New York, NY: Taylor and Francis Group, LLC)
Explores the most recognized, researched, and practical methods for using play therapy with the increasing number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), and shows clincians how to integrate these methods into their practices. Using a diverse array of play-based approaches, the book brings together the voices of researchers and practicing clinicians who are successfully utilizing play and play-based interventions with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. It also examines the neurobiological underpinnings of play in children on the autism spectrum and the overall effect of play on neuro-typical and neuro-atypical development. Each chapter also shows clinicians how to incorporate a particular treatment approach and make it a viable and effective part of their work with this challenging clinical population.
ISBN: 978-0-415-89075-5
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Playing for Their Lives: Helping Children through Play Therapy

Dorothy G. Singer (1993: Free Press Publishing; a division of Simon & Shuster)
A casebook illustrating both the children's and therapist's experiences of the process of play therapy.
ISBN:  978-0029289037
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Playtime for Molly: A Story About Filial Therapy: How a parent and child play to improve their relationship

Linda M. Ramirez, Maira L. Salcines (2001: McAllen, TX: Marlin Books)
Explains the concept of filial therapy to parents and professionals.
ISBN: 978-0971383906
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Popular Culture in Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Play-Based Interventions

Edited by Lawrence C. Rubin (2008: New York, NY: Spring Publishing Company)
Combines current research on the clinical application of the many facets of popular culture including music, movies, television, the internet, literature, video, and board games.  Demonstrate how to immediately start incorporating popular culture icons and images into your counseling or therapy.  Helps elevate the ability of clinicians to conduct interviews with clients of all ages and all types of clinical problems.
ISBN: 978-8261-0118-1
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Pretend Play in Childhood: Foundation of Adult Creativity

Sandra Russ, PhD (2013: American Psychological Assn)
Sandra W. Russ reviews the theory and research on pretend play and creativity, including cognitive and affective processes involved in play and creativity, possible evolutionary purposes of play, and its cultural variations. In particular, she highlights the importance of pretend play in helping children to access emotional memories and fantasies. She explains how creative processes in play can be measured using the Affect in Play Scale, which she developed and is included in the volume. Additionally, she describes play interventions designed to encourage creativity in children, with transcripts of sessions from a pilot intervention.
ISBN: 978-1-4338-1561-4
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Profiles of Play: Assessing and Observing Structure and Process in Play Therapy

Saralea E. Chazan. (2002: Herndon, VA: Kingsley Publishers)
Provides a template for interpreting change and meaning in children's lives through their play activity.  Shows how each child's pattern of play has a distinct profile of measurable features that can be identified and used to assess the child's development. 
ISBN: 978-1-84310-703-3
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Psychotherapy with Children

Richard Gardner (1993: Jason Aronson Inc.)
Provides an overview of Dr. Gardner's basic therapeutic principles as well as specific clinical examples that demonstrate the dynamics of psychotherapy with children. OUT OF PRINT

Puppet Plays for Grieving Children

Sharon Rugg (2000: Marietta, GA: Rising Center for Loss and Renewal)
Acting out different experiences of grief and loss through puppet plays offers a creative alternative for helping children.  This book includes 16 different puppet plays covering a wide variety of losses, discussion questions for each play, and instructions for making stages and puppets. 
ISBN: 0-9652410-4-1
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Reaching Children through Play therapy: An Experiential Approach

Carol C. Norton, Byron E. Norton (2002: White Apples Press)

One of the most popular and widely used texts on the subject, Reaching Children Through Play Therapy provides essential instruction and guidance for beginning and experienced therapists. An in-depth exploration of the techniques of play therapy and an insightful discussion of the symbolic meaning and metaphor of play, this text is a must-have resource for therapists and parents alike.

ISBN: 978-0964484948
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Relationship Play Therapy

Clark Moustakas (1997: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. an Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
Demonstrates how play can be used to affirm and liberate children--children who suddenly become troubled in their school or family lives and can work out their anger and fear in just a few sessions, as well as children who are seriously disturbed and must struggle to achieve emotional maturity, respect for others, and faith in themselves. 
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0029-2
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Replays: Using Play to Enhance Emotional and Behavioral Development for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Karen Levine, Naomi Chedd (2007: Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
Addresses the challenging behaviors of children with autism spectrum disorders through interactive symbolic play.  Introduces and shows how to implement Replays, and describe ways of adapting this intervention to address specific issues in different settings and circumstances.
ISBN: 978-1-84310-832-0  
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Sandplay: Past, Present & Future

Rie Rogers Mitchell, Harriet S. Friedman (1994: New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge-Taylor & Francis Group)Answers questions, presents biographical profiles of the historical origins of Sandplay, and includes a comprehensive international bibliography. 
ISBN: 978-0-415-10137-0
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Sandplay: Therapy with Children and Families

Lois J. Carey (1998: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc.)
Explores sandplay therapy applications as learned it from Dora Kalf and others.  Shares professional experiences about equipping an office with miniatures and cameras (for give-away Polaroids and for records-keeping slides).  Touches bottom lines like how to deal with the mess and theft of figures.
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0161-9
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School-Based Play Therapy

Edited by Athena A. Drewes, Lois J. Carey, Charles E. Schaefer ( 2001: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Presents an A-to-Z guide for using play therapy in preschool and elementary school settings to help children prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties. Offers school counselors, psychologists, teachers, and social workers the techniques to help them develop their own creative approaches to utilizing the therapeutic powers of play.
ISBN: 978-0-471-39402-0
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School-Based Play Therapy: Second Edition

Edited by Athena A. Drewes, Charles E. Schaefer (2010: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Fully updated and revised - presents an A-to-Z guide for using play therapy in preschool and elementary school settings. Includes coverage on how to implement a play therapy program in school settings; play-based prevention programs; individual play therapy approaches as well as group play; and play therapy with special populations, such as selectively mute, homeless, and autistic children. 
ISBN: 978-0-470-37140-4
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Short-Term Play Therapy for Children: First Edition

Edited by Heidi G. Kaduson, Charles E. Schaefer (2000: New York, NY: The Guilford Press)
Features leading play therapists to share expertise on facilitating children's healing in a shorter time frame.
ISBN: 978-1-5723-0520-5
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Short-Term Play Therapy for Children: Second Edition

Edited by Heidi G. Kaduson, Charles E. Schaefer (2006: New York, NY: The Guilford Press)
Presents play approaches to more rapidly facilitate children's healing.  Addresses individual, family and group treatment of children struggling with specific disorders and life challenges with session guidelines and lively clinical illustrations.  Includes updates: new authors, new chapters on bipolar disorder, PTSD, family and groups and play, and parent training approaches. 
ISBN: 978-1-60623-353-5
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Short-Term Play Therapy for Children: Third Edition

Edited by Heidi G. Kaduson, Charles E. Schaefer (2015: New York, NY: The Guilford Press)

Illustrated with rich case examples, this widely used practitioner resource and text presents a range of play approaches that facilitate healing in a shorter time frame. Leading play therapists from diverse theoretical orientations show how to tailor brief interventions to each child's needs. Individual, family, and group treatment models are described and clinical guidelines are provided. Chapters demonstrate ways to rapidly build alliances with children, adolescents, and their caregivers; plan treatment for frequently encountered clinical problems; and get the most out of play materials and techniques.

ISBN: 978-1-4625-2027-5

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Short-Term Play Therapy for Disruptive Children

Cheryl Bodinford McNeil (1996: Center for Applied Psychology)
ISBN: 978-1882732517

Short-Term Psychotherapy Groups for Children: Adopting Group Process for Specific Problems

Edited by Charles E. Schaefer (1999:Northvale,NJ: Jason Aronson Inc., an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers)
Practical sourcebook of group interventions.  Experts demonstrate how to achieve therapeutic gains with a limited number of sessions.
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0187
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Social Work Practice with Children

By Nancy Boyd Webb (1996: New York, NY: Guilford Press)
A comprehensive text that spells out the basics of social work practice withi children and provides specialized knowledge that students need for workign with today's most vulnuerable clients.
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Strategic Family Play Therapy

Shlomo Ariel (1992: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.)
Presents a model for the play assessment of families leading to treatment planning and strategic interventions.
ISBN: 978-0-471-92401-2
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Structured Play-Based Interventions for Engaging Children and Adolescents in Therapy

Angela M. Cavett (2010: West Conshohocken, PA, Infinity Publishing)
A compilation of playful interventions for use by mental health professionals treating children and adolescents with emotional or behavioral problems. Each clinical intervention includes treatment goals, discussion of clinical issues, and a step-by-step procedure for implementation.
ISBN: 0-7414-6168-4
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Supervision Can Be Playful: Techniques for Child and Play Therapist Supervisors

Edited by Athena A. Drewes, Jodi A. Mullen (2008: Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
Offers comprehensive and thoughtful resource to clinical supervisors of mental health professionals, particularly child and play therapists with techniques that can be used when supervising adolescent and adult therapists.  Includes universal supervision perspectives.  
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0533-4
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Supervision of Sandplay Therapy

Edited by Harriet S. Friedman, Rie Rogers Mitchell (2007: New York, NY: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group)
Describes the state of the art in supervision of sandplay therapy.  Translates the theories of sandplay therapy into the supervision practice. Provides meaningful connection and balance between theoretical principles, practical applications, and ongoing therapeutic encounter.
ISBN: 978-041-51-0908
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Techniques-Techniques-Techniques: Play-Based Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families

Sueann Kenney-Noziska (2008: W Conshohocken, PA: Infinity Publishing)
Offers a collection of creative, play-based activities for clinical practice with children, adolescents, and families.  Easy-to-read manual provides practical interventions that can be immediately incorporated into clinical work in diverse settings and is a valuable resource for professionals seeking innovative strategies for clinical practice. 
ISBN: 0-7414-4607-3
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The Butterfly Children: An Account of Non-Directive Play Therapy

Carole Kaplan, Rick Telford (1998: Churchill Livingstone)
Here's a valuable resource on working with children who have emotional problems. Based on real case histories of children who were sexually abused, the text explains the theories and applications of non-directive play therapy. It also demonstrates how emotional and behavior problems may be worked out through play therapy.
ISBN: 978-0443054686

The Dialogue of Touch: Developmental Play Therapy

Viola Brody (1997:Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. an Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
Touch is essential for life. Capable touching is the core of developmental play therapy, building both the self of the hurt child and his or her appreciation of the nurturing other.  Makes way for dialogue between them and then facilitates healing and maturation. 
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0088-9
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The Handbook of Gestalt Play Therapy: Practical Guidelines for Child Therapists

Rinda Blom (2006:Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
Introduces gestalt play therapy, a technique combining the principles of gestalt theory with play techniques for children.  Explains gestalt theory, a practical explanation of the gestalt play therapy model, and a wide range of play techniques that can be applied during each phase of the therapy process. 
ISBN: 978-1-84310-459-9
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The Handbook of Group Play Therapy: How To Do It, How It Works, Whom It's Best For

Edited by Daniel S. Sweeney, Linda E. Homeyer (1999:San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Inc. Publishers)
Addresses issues and techniques for implementing a play therapy group with specific populations of children.  
ISBN: 978-0-7879-4807-8
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The Handbook of Jungian Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents

Eric Green with foreword by John Allan (2014:Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press)

Child and family psychotherapist Eric J. Green draws on years of clinical experience to explain his original model of Jungian play therapy. The empathic techniques he illuminates in The Handbook of Jungian Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents can effectively treat children who are traumatized by abuse, natural disasters, and other losses, as well as children who have attention deficit and autism spectrum disorders.  ISBN: 9781421415109

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The Handbook of Play Therapy

Linnett McMahon (1992: New York; NY: Brunner-Routledge: An Imprint of Taylor & Francis Group)
Child abuse cases and problems created by breakdowns in family relationships have highlighted the need for sound techniques for communicating with children. As a result, there is renewed interest in the therapeutic use of play to help prevent or repair emotional damage in both children and their families. A comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of play therapy. It provides a practical guide to the basic skills necessary to begin tapping the healing potential of play and gives many examples of good practice.
ISBN: 978-0415059862
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The Handbook of Play Therapy and Therapeutic Play: Second Edition

Linnett McMahon (2009: New York, NY: Routledge-Taylor & Francis Group)
Revised and updated edition provides a comprehensive introduction to using play to communicate with troubled or traumatized children and their families, and to heal emotional damage.  Gives examples of good practice in different settings and situations (schools, hospitals, residential settings, families and foster care).
ISBN: 978-0-415-43942-8
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The Healing Power of Play: Working with Abused Children

Eliana Gil (1991: New York, NY: Guilford Press)
Describes the facilitation of constructive play and interventions in posttraumatic play to help traumatized children achieve a positive resolution.
ISBN: 978-0-89862-467-0
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The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play: Brain-Building Interventions for Emotional Well-Being

Theresa Kestly (2012: New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc)

The mental health field has seen a significant shift in the past decade toward including a neuroscience perspective when designing clinical interventions. However, for many play therapists it has been challenging to apply this information in the context of play therapy. Here, Theresa Kestly teaches therapists how to understand the neurobiology of play experiences so the undeniable benefits of play therapy can be exploited to their fullest.  ISBN: 978-0-393-70749-6

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The Play Therapy Primer, Second Edition

Kevin J. O'Connor (2000: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc)
Offers a variety of tested theories & techniques and includes new approaches to play therapy developed since first edition. 
ISBN: 978-0-471-24873-6
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The Play Therapy Primer: An Integration of Theories and Techniques

Kevin J. O'Connor (1991: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Basic manual which describes the theory, fundamentals and procedures for conducting play therapy with children ranging from two years of age to adolescence. Following an introduction to play therapy which traces its evolution, the text explains how to make therapy situations truly beneficial.
ISBN: 978-047152543-1
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The Playing Cure: Individualized Play Therapy for Specific Childhood Problems

Edited by Heidi G. Kaduson, Donna M. Cangelosi (1997: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc.)
Focuses on the curative powers of play and the application of play therapy to a wide variety of psychological problems. The authors present a prescriptive approach built on years of research. This innovative approach challenges clinicians to implement a broad range of interventions that can be fine-tuned to the needs of each child.
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0021-6
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The Quotable Play Therapist: 238 of The All-Time Best Quotes on Play and Play Therapy

Charles E. Schaefer, Heidi G. Kaduson (1994: Northvale, NJ. Jason Aronson, Inc.)
Compiled collection of quotes that convey through words the powerful, unspoken wisdom of play.
ISBN: 978-1568212296
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The Story So Far: Play Therapy Narratives

Describes the work of nine play therapists through the narratives of children - and some adults - whose stories emerge during their play therapy sessions.  Not direct accounts of real happenings but are imaginative, metaphorical, complex and multi-layered. The life events they relate to include fostering, long-term illness, and the traumatic death of a close adult. This is a book in which professionals from many disciplines will find much to further their understanding of children's experiences and understanding of the world.
ISBN: 978-1-84310-063-8
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The Therapeutic Powers of Play

Charles E. Schaefer (1995:Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson Inc. an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers)
Explains how children using their toys and play can express, communicate, and work through problems by playing them out.
ISBN: 978-1-5682-1794-9
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The Therapeutic Powers of Play: 20 Core Agents of Change, Second Edition

Edited by Charles Schaefer and Athena Drewes.
2013: Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Revised and expanded, The Therapeutic Powers of Play, Second Edition explores the powerful effects that play therapy has on different areas within a child or adolescent's life: communication, emotion regulation, relationship enhancement, and personal strengths. Editors Charles Schaefer and Athena Drewes--renowned experts in the field of play therapy--discuss the different interventions and components of treatment that can move clients to change.
Leading play therapists contributed to this volume, supplying a wide repertoire of practical techniques and applications in each chapter for use in clinical practice.
ISBN: 978-1-118-33687-8
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The Therapeutic Use of Child's Play

Edited by Charles E. Schaefer (1979:Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers)
Emphasizes the diagnostic and therapeutic uses of play. 
ISBN: 978-0-87668-209-8
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Therapeutic Engagement of Children and Adolescents: Play, Symbol, Drawing, and Storytelling Strategies

David A. Crenshaw (2008: Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
Addresses the issue that child and adolescent therapists struggle with the most - how to meaningfully engage and create conditions for transformative change with children and teens who are unwilling participants at the outset.  Begins with research and rationale for using tools consisting of symbolic play for younger children. 
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0571-6
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Therapeutic Metaphors for Children and the Child Within

Joyce Mills, Richard J. Crowley (1986: New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge-Taylor & Francis Group)
Presents a method of applying Erikson's metaphoric interpersonal technique for child therapy. Incorporates theory, technique, and examples to give the reader a full sense of the 'second generation' Eriksonian method of therapy with children of all ages. Describes the use of "metaphor techniques" including storytelling, art and cartoons. 
ISBN: 978-1583913703
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Theraplay: A New Program for the Treatment of Problem Children and their Families

Ann M. Jernberg (1979: Jossey-Bass Publishers)
A step-by-step how-to-do-it guide, contains case histories, session transcripts, lists of "Do's and Don's," and many other special aids.
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Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play, 3rd Edition

Phyllis B. Booth, Ann M. Jernberg. (2009: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Provides a much-needed update and revision of a classic resource on attachment, childhood trauma, autism, among others, and explains how new advancements in general neuroscience have changed the way Theraplay conducts its trainings.
ISBN: 978-0-470-28166-6
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Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships through Attachment-Based Play. Second Edition

Ann M. Jernberg, Phyllis B. (2001: Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Integrates latest development in Theraplay practice with recent attachment research and the effect of stress and trauma on child development. Guidelines for therapists to help families build better relationships.
ISBN: 978-0787943028
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Theraplay: Innovations in Attachement-Enhancing Play Therapy

Evangeline Munns (2000:Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
Introduces Theraplay in its traditional format of individual child and parent sessions. 
ISBN: 978-0765702272
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Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment: A Functional Approach to Working with Young Children

Toni W. Linder (1993: Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co)
Provides a model for conducting holistically accurate assessments of children from infancy to age 6 using natural play interactions.
ISBN: 978-1557661623
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Treating Traumatized Children: New Insights and Creative Interventions

Beverly James (1989:New York, NY: The Free Press: A division of Simon and Schuster, Inc.)
Provides a blueprint for assessing trauma and developing treatment plans. 
ISBN: 978-0669209945
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Turn the Page for Play Therapy Activities

Michele Neace Page, Joy A. Wilson (2008: MarCo Products)
Research supports play therapy because of its proven positive impact on helping children cope with and overcome problems. Each of the 27 play therapy activities includes: Rationale: quick reference to each activity's intent ASCA Standards Recommended Age/Grade Level Therapeutic Purpose: explains specific applications of each technique Instructions: step-by-step directions Processing: guide for the wrap-up portion of an activity Additional Suggestions Reproducible materials checklist, recording worksheet, activity sheets The included CD allows for easy reproduction of all reproducibles in black and white as well as in color, where appropriate. These fun-to-present activities will encourage your clients to communicate more freely and give you insight into their thoughts and behaviors.
ISBN: 978-1575431635
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Understanding and Treating the Aggression of Children: Fawns in Gorilla Suits

David A. Crenshaw, John B. (2005: Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
Reviews theoretical and research base for the techniques and interventions detailed in the "handbook of play therapy with aggressive children." Especially for practicing clinicians.
ISBN: 978-0-7657-0561-7
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Understanding Children's Drawings

Cathy A. Malchiodi (1998:New York, NY: Guilford Press)
Practical resource demonstrates how clinicians broaden and enhance work with children by integrating drawing into therapy.
ISBN: 978-1-57230-372-0
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Using Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy

Edited by Lawrence C. Rubin (2006: New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company)
Takes you on a how-to tour of the benefits of using pop culture and fantasy in psychotherapy and play therapy. Effective therapeutic course with adolescents and adults. How to uncover chldren's secret identities, and more. 
ISBN: 978-0826102690
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When Death Knocks at the Schoolhouse Door

Sharon Rugg (1997: Marietta, GA: Rising Center for Loss and Renewal)
A useful tool in helping elementary-age children cope with death following a crisis.  Young children learn about death, how to identify and begin to cope with their feelings of loss and grief, and how to express their feelings in healthy ways.
ISBN: 0-9652410-2-5
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Windowframes: Learning the Art of Gestalt Play Therapy the Oaklander Way

Peter Mortola (2006: Gouldsboro, ME: The Gestalt Journal Press)
How do children emotionally heal and regain equilibrium after suffering trauma? How do adults understand and help them in a therapeutic relationship? These questions are at the heart of Violet Oaklander's approach to play therapy and her methods for training adults to work with children and adolescents. Author uses qualitative and narrative methods of analysis to document and detail Oaklander's work in a two-week summer training attended by child therapists from around the world.
ISBN: 978-0-88163-463-1
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Windows to Our Children

Violet Oaklander (1978: Gouldsboro, ME: The Gestalt Journal Press)
Presents a Gestalt model of play therapy through the extensive use of case material.
ISBN: 978-0-939266-06-7
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Working with Children to Heal Interpersonal Trauma: The Power of Play

Edited by Eliana Gil (2010: New York, NY: Guilford Press)
Describes what posttraumatic play looks like and how it can foster resilience and coping. Demonstrated are applications of play, art, and other expressive therapies with children who have faced such overwhelming experiences as sexual abuse or chronic neglect. Discusses ways to facilitate forms of expression that promote mastery and growth, as well as how to intervene when play becomes stuck in destructive patterns. They share effective strategies for engaging hard-to-reach children and building trusting therapeutic relationships.
ISBN: 978-1-60623-892-9
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Written Paths to Healing: Education and Jungian Child Counseling

John Allan, Judi Bertoia (1992: Putnam, CT: Spring Publications, Inc.)
Describes the use of journal writing and letters for leading children through their confusion, illustrated with children's drawings and filled with examples of children's writing.
ISBN: 978-0-88214-350-7
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