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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: May 2019. Topics Include:

  • What role does attachment style play in one’s reaction to trauma and how can attachment style be incorporated into trauma treatment?
  • Are we overlooking the role of paternal attachment and its role in childhood anxiety?
  • What play intervention is effective in treating food aversion in infants who have experienced intestinal failure?
  • How does focal play therapy impact therapist–parent alliance, parental stress and parenting response in the treatment of children referred for eating disturbances and/or evacuation disorders?
  • What family-based interventions are effective for working with children and teens who present with functional somatic symptoms (FSS)?
  • How does social support influence adolescent girls’ physical activity?
  • What are the change mechanisms for child participants in therapeutic horse riding?
  • How are parents deciding on the best mental health treatment for their child?
  • What is the need for screening children with pediatric injury to assess risk of posttraumatic stress disorder?
  • How can trauma-informed play be integrated into multidisciplinary pediatric healthcare?
  • What are the similarities and differences in functional and symbolic play between typically developing children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder?
  • How do difference of caregiver race or ethnicity influence perceptions of need for psychological services for adolescents?
  • What are the experiences of play, playfulness and self-efficacy of parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) during parent-child play encounters?


Clinical Editor

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