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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: August 2018. Topics Include:

  • How can cognitive-behavioral group therapy help improve self-esteem and reduce social phobia in children ages 12-13?
  • Does play therapy help children with an incarcerated parent?

  • How do parents who are undocumented in the United States perceive their immigration status affects parenting?
  • What are some general recommendations for using play therapy to address post-traumatic play?

  • How does the flipped classroom design effect students learning play therapy? 
  • Are we assessing adolescents’ spirituality and religion?

  • What factors are associated with foster care reentry among children who have been reunified with their families after a previous placement in foster care?
  • How can practitioners help mothers overcome their own personal trauma to impact the child’s emotional health?

  • What are the relationships between parental work schedules and child-care arrangements for low-income parents?
  • What are the relationships among bullying, paranoid thinking, and the estimate of social threat in schools?

  • How might play therapy delivery be optimized to improve the functioning of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder?
  • What are girls’ perceptions of barriers to outdoor physical activities?

  • What treatment models inform options for treating young children who exhibit Problematic Sexual Behaviors (PBS)?
  • Can Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) help children who experienced abuse?
  • What tools can professionals utilize to assist young children navigate the grief process?


Clinical Editor

Ryan Holliman, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Sciences
Texas Women's University, Dallas, TX