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Evidence-Based Practice Statement: Play Therapy
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Hierarchy of Evidence Quality:

 

The research pyramid illustrates the hierarchy of evidence for any given intervention, ranking the quality of evidence from the most reliable/credible (top of pyramid) to least reliable/credible (bottom of pyramid) (Paynter, 2009). The pyramid is widely accepted as the gold standard for evaluating best practices in mental and behavioral health. This statement provides evidence regarding the effectiveness of play therapy and guidance on the practice of play therapy, evaluating the level, quality, and application of play therapy as a mental health intervention for children.

 

This research is meant to be shared! Please make sure to properly cite this resource, and always include the following citation when referencing any information provided on this page or in the Evidence-Based Practice Statement: Play Therapy document:

  

Ray, D. C, & McCullough, R. (2015; revised 2016). Evidence-based practice statement: Play

           therapy (Research report). Retrieved from Association for Play Therapy

           website: http://www.a4pt.org/?page=EvidenceBased


 Dee C. Ray, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S

  Professor, Counseling Program Director, 

  Child and Family Resource Clinic

  University of North Texas

 

  Rachel McCullough, MS, LPC-Intern

  Doctoral Student

  University of North Texas

 

  Reviewed and endorsed by the Association for Play Therapy Research Committee:

 

  Sinem Akay, PhD, LPC, RPT (TX)

  Sue Ammen, PhD, RPT-S (CO)

  Gustavo Barcenas, MS (TX)

  Ted Borkan, PhD, RPT-S (OH)

  Sue Bratton, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S (TX)

  Rebeca Chow, MA, LCPC, RPT-S KS)

  Margaret Christopher, PhD, MSW, LCSW (PA)

  Kimberly Coggins, MA, PPC (WY)

  Connie Dawson-Toft, MA, LMHC, RPT-S (FL)

  Erin Dugan, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S (LA)

  Eliana Gil, PhD, LMFT, RPT-S (FL)

  Hilda Glazer, EdD, PCC-S, RPT-S (OH)

  Elizabeth Hartwig, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S (TX)

  Carol Hinman, PhD, LMHC, RPT-S (IA)

  Peter Hunt, PhD, RPT-S (MA)

  Leslie Jones, PhD, LPC-S, RPT (TX)

  Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna, PsyD, RPT-S (CT)

  Nesi Lillard, MA, LPC, NCC, RPT, (TX)

  Elizabeth Limberg, PhD, RPT-S (CA)

  Yung-Wei Lin (Dennis), PhD, LPC-C (NJ)

  Kristin Meany-Walen, PhD, LMHC, NCC, RPT (IA)

  Dale Elizabeth Pehrsson, EdD, C-LPC-S (MI)

  David Schatzkamer, MA, LMHC, RPT (NY)

  April Schottelkorb, PhD, LPC, NCC, RPT-S (ID)

  Janine Shelby, PhD, RPT-S (CA)

  Catherine Tucker, PhD, LMHC, RPT-S (IN)

  Patricia VanVelsor, PhD, LPC, NCC (CA)