Handbook of Play Therapy

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A complete, comprehensive play therapy resource for mental health professionals

Handbook of Play Therapy is the one-stop resource for play therapists with coverage of all major aspects written by experts in the field. This edition consolidates the coverage of both previous volumes into one book, updated to reflect the newest findings and practices of the field.

Useful for new and experienced practitioners alike, this guide provides a comprehensive introduction and overview of play therapy including, theory and technique, special populations, nontraditional settings, professional and contemporary issues. Edited by the founders of the field, each chapter is written by well-known and respected academics and practitioners in each topic area and includes research, assessment, strategies, and clinical application. This guide covers all areas required for credentialing from the Association for Play Therapy, making it uniquely qualified as the one resource for certification preparation.

  • Learn the core theories and techniques of play therapy
  • Apply play therapy to special populations and in nontraditional settings
  • Understand the history and emerging issues in the field
  • Explore the research and evidence base, clinical applications, and more

Psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, and psychiatric nurses regularly utilize play therapy techniques to facilitate more productive sessions and promote better outcomes for patients. Handbook of Play Therapy provides the deep, practical understanding needed to incorporate these techniques into practice.

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A comprehensive play therapy resource for mental health professionals

Edited by the founders of the field, Handbook of Play Therapy, Second Edition serves as a one-stop resource for play therapists, offering updated coverage of all major aspects of the topic. Each chapter is written by well-known and respected academics and practitioners in their areas of expertise and includes research, assessment, strategies, and clinical application. Covering all areas required for credentialing from the Association for Play Therapy, this essential guide is uniquely qualified as the resource for certification preparation.

Useful for new and experienced practitioners alike, Handbook of Play Therapy, Second Edition provides a comprehensive introduction and overview of play therapy, including theory and technique, special populations, nontraditional settings, and professional and contemporary issues—and how to incorporate these techniques into practice.

Handbook of Play Therapy, Second Edition explores:

  • The core theories and techniques of play therapy
  • How to apply play therapy to special populations and in nontraditional settings
  • The history and emerging issues in the field
  • The research and evidence base, clinical applications, and more

Covering everything you'll encounter as a professional in this growing field, Handbook of Play Therapy, Second Edition is indispensable reading for psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, and psychiatric nurses.

About the Author:

KEVIN J. O'CONNOR, PHD, RPT-S, is a Clinical Psychologist and Distinguished Professor in Clinical PsyD and PhD programs at the California School of Professional Psychology. Along with Charles E. Schaefer, he cofounded the Association for Play.

CHARLES E. SCHAEFER, PHD, RPT-S, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickson University. Dr. Schaefer has written or edited over 55 professional books, many on the topic of play therapy.

LISA D. BRAVERMAN, PHD, is a pediatric psychologist who specializes in the areas of oncology, child abuse, and trauma. She also treats children, adolescents, and their families.

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