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"Therapy provides a troubled child a place safe from physical and psychological
harm, where she can let her guard down sufficiently to explore her thoughts,
feelings, and life". Psychoanalytic Play Therapy (Richard Bromfield), Chapter 1



Foundations of Play Therapy

by Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D. (Editor)


This course meets the qualifications for 9 hours of continuing education

We are pleased and honored to offer a compelling course by Charles E. Schaefer (Editor), a renowned play therapist, and child and adult therapist.

Foundations of Play Therapy

is a wonderful book which delves deeply into the theoretical and practical aspects of play therapy with children. Looking at a wide variety of play therapy techniques and child populations, this book will expand the knowledge base of play therapists as well as verbally-based therapists looking for ways to deepen their work with children.
Foundations of Play Therapy opens doors in the traditional ideas of play, play therapy, and who will benefit from playing.

Please join us in this 9 unit course.

This course consists of a post-test based upon reading the text. There is no online material to read. After you pass the post-test, you may print out your own certificate.

"Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning....They have to play with what they know to be true in order to find out more, and then they can use what they learn in new forms of play." Mister Rogers

Book Description
Comprehensive coverage of the major theoretical models of play therapy
Foundations of Play Therapy is a complete guide to the many diverse approaches to play therapy methods used in clinical practice with children, adolescents, and adults. Edited by Charles Schaefer, a leader in the field, and featuring an expert panel of contributors, this comprehensive reference provides detailed descriptions of all of the major theoretical models of play therapy and offers the reader practical examples of how to apply each model in practice.
Top experts in the field present up-to-date and insightful coverage of the fourteen major theories of play therapy:
* Psychoanalytic
* Cognitive Behavioral
* Jungian
* Family
* Adlerian
* Group
* Child-centered
* Ecosystemic
* Filial
* Phenomenological
* Gestalt
* Object Relations
* Attachment-oriented
* Prescriptive
Foundations of Play Therapy is a valuable resource for psychologists, counselors, social workers, school counselors, and an essential text for training students and professionals interested in the field of play therapy.(courtesy: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
"Play permits the child to resolve in symbolic form unsolved problems of the past and to cope directly or symbolically with present concerns. It is also his most significant tool for preparing himself for the future and its tasks." Bruno Bettelheim "


This course meets the qualifications for 9 hours of continuing education

is approved by the:

APT - Association for Play Therapy (Non-contact hours) APT Approved Provider (#02-117)
CA BBS - California Board of Behavioral Science accepts our CE Provider Approvals through APA, NASW, and NBCC. Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science
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Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (#1761)
The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners (#6246)

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is approved by the
Association for Play Therapy
to offer continuing education specific to play therapy.
Our provider number is 02-117. This course offers 9 non-contact training hours.
www.psychceu.com maintains responsibility for the program.


"You can come and play now." Steven Spielberg

Learning Objectives

In this 9 unit course:

Clinicians will be able to:

1. Discuss the major theories of play and the therapeutic powers of play
2. Cite empirical support for the effectiveness of play therapy
3. Practice a number of practical play therapy techniques
4. Describe some different types of play therapy used with children
5. Evaluate the value of play therapy for children vs. talk therapy


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  • Pass the post-test
  • Upon passing the test, you will receive a certificate of completion.

Table of Contents


About the Editor.


1. Psychoanalytic Play Therapy (Richard Bromfield). See excerpt!

2. Jungian Analytical Play Therapy (J. Craig Peery).

3. Adlerian Play Therapy (Terry Kottman).

4. Child-Centered Play Therapy (Daniel Sweeney and Garry Landreth).

5. Filial Play Therapy (Louise Guerney).

6. Gestalt Play Therapy (Violet Oaklander).

7. Theraplay: Attachment-Enhancing Play Therapy (Evangeline Munns).

8. Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy (Susan Knell).

9. Family Play Therapy: "The Bear with Short Nails" (Eliana Gil).

10. Group Play Therapy (Daniel Sweeney).

11. Ecosystemic Play Therapy (Kevin O'Connor and Debra New).

12. Phenomenological Play Therapy (Bertha Mook).

13. Object-Relations/Thematic Play Therapy (Helen Benedict).

14. Prescriptive Play Therapy (Charles Schaefer).

Author Index.

Subject Index.


"Play is the exultation of the possible." -Martin Buber



"The creative activity of the imagination frees man from his bondage to the 'nothing but' and liberates in him the spirit of play." C.G. Jung

Charles E. Schaefer, PhD is considered by many to be the "Father of Play Therapy", and is the recipient of the Association for Play Therapy's Lifetime Achievement Award.He is Professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. An expert in the field of play therapy, he is the cofounder of the Association for Play Therapy and the founder and co-director of the Play Therapy Training Institute in New Jersey. Dr. Schaefer was presented with the Distinguished Service Award-International Association for Play Therapy in 1996, and the Distinguished Faculty Award For Research & Scholarship, Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1994.

Dr. Schaefer's legendary list of publications on child therapy and play therapy includes such classics as:

Ages & Stages: Tips and Techniques for Building Your Child's Social, Emotional, Interpersonal, and Cognitive Skills. John Wiley, 2000.
Game Play (2nd Edition). John Wiley, 2000.
Short-term Play Therapy for Children. Guilford, 2000.
Play Diagnosis and Assessment (2nd Edition), (Edited with K.G. Gitlin and A. Sandgrund), Wiley, 2000.
Short-Term Psychotherapy Groups for Children: Adapting Group Processes for Specific Problems. Jason Aronson, 1999.
Innovative Psychotherapy Techniques in Child & Adolescent Therapy (2nd Edition). John Wiley, 1999..
101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, Jason Aronson, 1997.
The Playing Cure: Individualized Play Therapy for Specific Childhood Problems (with H. Kaduson and D. Cangelosi), Jason Aronson, 1997.
Clinical Handbook of Sleep Disorders in Children, Jason Aronson, 1995.
Clinical Handbook of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents (with A. Eisen and C. Kearney), Jason Aronson, 1995.
Family Play Therapy (with L. Carey), Jason Aronson, 1994.
Handbook of Play Therapy (Vol. II) (with K. O'Connor), John Wiley, 1994.
Play Therapy Techniques (Edited with D. Cangelosi), Jason Aronson, 1993.
Therapeutic Powers of Play. (Editor)Jason Aronson, 1993.

Advances in Therapies for Children (with H. Millman),
Jossey-Bass, 1986.
Game Play: Therapeutic Use of Childhood Games (Edited with S. Reid), John Wiley, 1986.
Family Therapies Techniques for Problem Behaviors of Children and Teenagers. Jossey-Bass, 1982.
Handbook of Play Therapy (Edited with K. O'Connor), John Wiley, 1983.
Group Therapies for Children & Youth (with L. Johnson and J. Wherry), Jossey-Bass, 1982.
Therapies for Psychosomatic Disorders in Children (with H. Millman and G. Levine), Jossey-Bass, 1979.
Therapies for Children (with H. Millman), Jossey-Bass, 1977.
Therapeutic Use of Child's Play. (Editor), Jason Aronson, Inc. 1976.

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Foundations of Play Therapy

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The Therapeutic Powers of Play

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