Therapeutic Powers of Play 20 Core Agents of Change

ISBN-10: 1118336879
ISBN-13: 9781118336878
Edition: 2nd 2013
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Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 11/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.90" wide x 9.90" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

While current research shows that play therapy is an effective means of treatment, it doesn't explain why it helps or how to utilize play therapy to bring about positive change. The underlying curative elements of play therapy have remained mysterious. This pioneering book provides a unique understanding of the process of play therapy by highlighting the therapeutic forces contained in it, such as catharsis, abreaction, self-expression, self-efficacy, role playing, and attachment formation. Clarification of the basic mechanisms of change in play therapy will lead to greater effectiveness for play therapists of all orientations. Schaefer and Drewes have identified 20 powerful therapeutic effects of play therapy based on a comprehesive review of the research. The book is divided into sections that cover the powerful effects that play therapy has on different areas within a client's life: communication, emotion regulation, relationship enhancement, and personal strengths. Expert contributors cover the nuts and bolts of how different interventions and components of treatment can move clients to change.

Heidi Gerard Kaduson, PhD, specializes in evaluation and intervention services for children with a variety of behavioral, emotional, and learning problems. She is past president of the International Association for Play Therapy and codirector of The Play Therapy Training Institute, Inc. She has lectured internationally on play therapy, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and learning disabilities. Widely published, Dr. Kaduson maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy in Hightstown, New Jersey. Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, a nationally renowned child psychologist, is Professor of Psychology and director of the Center for Psychological Services at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. He is director emeritus of the International Association for Play Therapy and has written or edited more than 40 books on parenting, child psychology, and play therapy. Dr. Schaefer maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Introduction: How Play Therapy Causes Therapeutic Change
Therapeutic Factors
Therapeutic Powers of Play
How Best to Use the Material in This Book
References
Facilitates Communication
Self-Expression
Why Is Self-Expression Therapeutic?
Empirical Support of the Power of Self-Expression in Play Therapy
Role of Self-Expression in Facilitating Change
Strategies and Techniques in Facilitating Self-Expression
Applications
Clinical Vignettes
Summary
References
Access to the Unconscious
Introduction
The Power of Play Therapy to Access the Unconscious
Empirical Support
The Role of Accessing the Unconscious in Causing Change
Strategies and Techniques
Clinical Applications and Clinical Vignettes
Summary
References
Direct Teaching
Introduction
Role of Direct Teaching in Causing Change
Strategies and Techniques
Empirical Support
Clinical Applications
Vignette
Summary
References
Indirect Teaching
Introduction
Indirect Teaching
Empirical Support
Role of indirect Teaching in Causing Change
Strategies and Techniques
Clinical Applications and Vignettes
Conclusion
References
Fosters Emotional Wellness
Catharsis
Introduction
Description of Catharsis
Empirical Support
Role of Catharsis in Causing Change
Clinical Applications
Techniques
Contraindications
Clinical Vignettes
References
Abreaction
Introduction
Description of Abreaction
Empirical Support
Role of Abreaction in Causing Change
Strategies and Techniques
Clinical Applications and Clinical Vignettes
References
Positive Emotions
Introduction
Description of Positive Emotion
Empirical Support
Role of Positive Emotion in Causing Change
Strategies and Techniques
Clinical Applications and Clinical Vignettes
References
Counterconditioning Fears
Description of Counterconditioning Fears
The Role of Counterconditioning Fears in Causing Change
Play Strategies and Techniques
Empirical Support
Clinical Applications
Case Vignettes
Conclusion
References
Stress Inoculation
Description of Stress Inoculation
Empirical Support for Stress Inoculation
Role of Stress Inoculation in Causing Change
Strategies and Techniques
Clinical Vignettes
Conclusion
References
Stress Management
Introduction
Description of Stress Management
Empirical Support
Role of Stress Management in Causing Change
Strategies and Techniques
Clinical Applications and Clinical Vignettes
References
Enhances Social Relationships
Therapeutic Relationship
Introduction
Description of the Therapeutic Relationship
Empirical Support
Role of me Therapeutic Relationship in Causing Change
Strategies and Techniques
Clinical Applications and Clinical Vignettes
Conclusion
References
Attachment
Introduction
Description of Attachment
Empirical Support
The Role of Attachment in Causing Change
Strategies and Techniques
Clinical Applications and Clinical Vignette
Conclusion
References
Social Competence
Introduction
Description of Social Competence
Empirical Support
Role of Peer Relationships in Causing Change
Strategies and Techniques
Clinical Applications and Clinical Vignettes
Conclusion
References
Empathy
Introduction
Description of Empathy
Empirical Support
Components of Empathy
Role of Empathy in Causing Change
Strategies and Techniques
Clinical Applications
Summary
References
Increases Personal Strengths
Creative Problem Solving
Introduction
Description of Creative Problem Solving
Role of Creative Problem Solving in Causing Change
Clinical Applications
Empirical Support
Clinical Vignette
References
Resiliency
Description of Resiliency
Role of Resiliency in Causing Change
Clinical Applications
Empirical Support
Clinical Vignette
References
Moral Development
Description of Moral Development
Empathy
Neurobiology
Role of Moral Development in Causing Change
Individual Play Therapy Techniques
Group Play Therapy Techniques
Child-Parent Relationship Therapy
Clinical Vignettes
Applications
References
Accelerated Psychological Development
Introduction
Importance of the Specific Power
Empirical Support
Role of Accelerated Psychological Development in Causing Change
Strategies and Technique
Clinical Applications and Clinical Vignettes
References
Self-Regulation
Introduction
The Power of Self-Regulation
Executive Function Allows for Goal-Directed (Intentional) Behavior
An Experience of Empowerment: Emphasizing the "Self" in Self-Regulation
Empirical Support: What the Research Shows
A Developmental Perspective: How Self-Regulation Is Internalized
The Zone of Proximal Development
The "Future Child"
The Role of Play in the Development of Self-Regulation
Strategies for Assessment and Treatment: Staying in the Zone
Summary
References
Self-Esteem
Introduction
Description of Self-Esteem
Empirical Support
Role of Self-Esteem in Causing Change
Strategies and Techniques
Clinical Applications and Clinical Vignettes
Conclusion
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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