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"Play, like love, happiness, and other psychological constructs, is easier to recognize than to define". Charles Schaefer



International Handbook of Play Therapy:
Advances in Assessment, Theory, Research and Practice

Edited by
Charles Schaefer,
Judy McCormick, and
Akiko Ohnogi


This course meets the qualifications for 9 hours of continuing education

In the past twenty-five years, the practice of play therapy has increased exponentially in America and throughout the world. This handbook brings together an international group of scholars and therapists to address a wide variety of topics relevant to the rapidly expanding field of play therapy. The primary goal of the handbook is to provide play therapists with practical information they can put into immediate use in their clinical work with children and adolescents. Thus the focus is on advances in assessment, theory, research, and practice that have universal appeal, rather than on adaptations of play therapy to specific cultures. Play therapists and students from diverse cultures, professional disciplines, and theoretical orientations will find this book to be a comprehensive resource for keeping abreast of innovations in the field.

List of Contributors
Schlomo Ariel, Ann Cattanach, Susan Bundy-Myrow, Sue Jennings, Shoshana Levin, Sheila Hudd, Mooli Lahad, Kate Kirk, Jytte Mielcke, Jo Carroll, Sandra Russ, David LeVay, Liana Lowenstein, David Hudak, Galila Oren

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In this 9 unit course:

The clinician will be able to:

1. Discuss the current applications of Play Therapy across the world.
2. Develop play and narrative Story Stems to assess children’s mental health.
3. Elicit children’s thoughts about their Play Therapy experience.
4. List play techniques to engage resistant children.
5. Develop skills to conduct a storymaking intervention with adolescents.

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Table of Contents
International Handbook of Play Therapy:
Advances in Assessment, Theory, Research and Practice

o Family Play Therapy
Schlomo Ariel
o Narrative Play Therapy: A Collaborative Approach
Ann Cattanach
o Theraplay for Children with Self-Regulation Problems
Susan Bundy-Myrow
o Embodiment-Projection-Role: A Developmental Model for the Play Therapy Method
Sue Jennings
o Barriers, Bridges, Breakthroughs: Play-Work with Autistic Spectrum Children
Shoshana Levin
o The Use of Play and Narrative Story Stems in Assessing the Mental Health Needs of Foster Children
Sheila Hudd
o Transcending into Fantastic Reality: Story Making with Adolescents in Crisis
Mooli Lahad
o Assessment of Sibling Relationships Using Play, Art, and Stories
Kate Kirk
o The Erica Method of Sand Tray Assessment
Jytte Mielcke
o Children Talk About Play Therapy
Jo Carroll
o Building an Empirical Foundation for the Use of Pretend Play in Therapy
Sandra Russ
o "Little Monsters"? Play Therapy for Children with Sexually Problematic Behaviors
David LeVay
o Creative Interventions to Engage Resistant Children in Therapy
Liana Lowenstein
o Play Therapy for the Disruptive Behavior Disorders
David Hudak
o The National Story and the Child's Drama in Play Therapy in Isreal
Galila Oren




Charles Schaefer, Ph. D., is considered by many to be the "Father of Play Therapy". 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.

The International Handbook of Play Therapy: Advances in Assessment, Theory, Research and Practice joins Dr. Schaefer's legendary list of publications on child therapy and play therapy, and include such classics as:
Play Therapy with Adults. John Wiley, 2000.
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.

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.


Judy McCormick, ME.d., is a registered play therapist-supervisor who is currently working as a play therapist for the Mid-Western Health Board in Limerick, Ireland. She is involved in the supervision and training of play therapists and others interested in play therapy. She is the former secretary of Play Therapy Ireland. Presently, she is involved in research using play therapy in an early intervention program and using Filial Therapy with an Irish population.

Akiko J. Ohnogi, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Tokyo, Japan. She lectures on the topics of play therapy, child psychotherapy, parenting, multiculturalism, and child development at hospitals, residential treatment centers, universities, and schools throughout Japan. She is a school counselor at the Nishimachi International School in Tokyo, Japan.

International Handbook of Play Therapy

Foundations of Play Therapy

Play Therapy with Adults

Play Therapy with Adolescents

The Therapeutic Powers of Play

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