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Mining for Play Therapy Intelligence

An electronic publication to alert play therapists about current or emerging mental health trends, cutting-edge best practices, and other wisdom. Recent multi-disciplinary publications (intelligence) are scanned (mined) and citations reported to assist those who teach, practice, and supervise play therapy.

Produced quarterly each February, May, August, and November.


Issue: November 2018. Topics Include:

  • How can practitioners help caregiver depression to reduce untreated depression and its effects on a 7-11-year-old child?

  • How does access to violent video games impact long term externalizing behaviors and prosocial behaviors?
  • How might a monitored/unmonitored chatroom service on a website for social support of adolescents and young adults with a family member who has a mental illness facilitate peer support for these youth?
  • How do children living in a residential refugee asylum center with institutional regulations that constrain or forbid unstructured/free play activities find ways to play?
  • What is the rationale for using Sand Tray Therapy with Juveniles in Correctional Settings?
  • Is group play therapy just as helpful as psychoeducational groups in the schools?
  • How can sand tray facilitate career decision making in college students?
  • How might Narrative Story Stem Technique (NSST) be used in research and treatment of adopted children?
  • How can practitioners promote evidenced-based treatment protocols in Regional Medical Centers to address the child’s needs?
  • Does play therapy help aggressive children? 


Clinical Editor

Elizabeth Burgin, NCC, LPC-Intern
University of North Texas, Fort Worth, TX