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

Produced each January, April, July, and October.    

Available on PsycNet, and its articles archived by APA.


July 2018, Vol. 27, No. 3

Factors Related to the Use of Play Therapy Among Elementary School Counselor
(Van Horne, Post, & Phipps, 2018)

This article examines variables related to elementary school counselors’ use or nonuse of play therapy in the elementary school setting. The findings indicated that perceived effectiveness was a significant predictor of the use of play therapy among elementary school counselors. The implications of the findings include the value of the newly formed School Based Registered Play Therapist credential.

A Child-Centered Play Therapy Workshop for Professional Elementary School Counselors: An Exploratory Study
(Shin & Gonzalez, 2018)

This qualitative study describes the experiences of professional school counselors participating in a play therapy workshop as an introduction to child-centered play therapy (CCPT). Constructivism led this qualitative study to describe six professional school-counselor participants’ perceptions of CCPT and their experiences in attending the play therapy workshop.

Efficacy of the Flipped Classroom to Teach Play Therapy: A Mixed-Methods Study
(Counselman-Carpenter, 2018)

This mixed-methods study includes quantitative and qualitative measures and evaluates how a flipped classroom learning environment that included a hands-on experiential skills lab to teach play therapy improved student’s knowledge, attitude, and skills related to play therapy. The results of this study indicate strong support for the flipped classroom as an opportunity to develop graduate students’ knowledge, attitudes, and skills in play therapy.

Utilizing Child-Centered Play Therapy With Children Diagnosed With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Endured Trauma: A Case Example
(Guest & Ohrt, 2018)

This article presents a case study illustrating an adapted child-centered play therapy approach for children on the spectrum who have also endured trauma. Current treatment interventions for ASD are limited in flexibility and adaptive qualities. Flexibility is especially important for this population; therefore, a more responsive and open therapeutic approach is need.

Empowering Nondeployed Spouses and Children Through Filial Therapy
(Myrick, Green, Barnes, & Nowicki, 2018)

This article considers the fact that nondeployed parents are challenged during their spouses’ deployment cycles, as they assume the role of single parent in addition to all the financial and daily responsibilities. Evidence-based interventions, such as Filial Therapy, can assist the parent–child relationship by allowing for the attachment relationship to strengthen during a difficult time like deployment. This article aims to educate therapists about the complex experiences of nondeployed spouses and their children.

Play Therapists' Perceptions of Wellness and Self-Care Practices  
(Meany-Walen, Cobie-Nuss, Eittreim, Teeling, Wilson, & Xander, 2018)

This article surveys Registered Play Therapists and Registered Play Therapist Supervisors about their perceptions, practices, and suggestions for wellness and self-care. Play therapists, compared with providers of other treatment modalities, might be more susceptible to professional and personal impairment because they bear witness to children’s experiences through the process of play therapy. Yet no published research elaborates specifically on play therapists’ wellness attitudes and experiences.


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