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Empirically Based Play Interventions For Children

Edited by Linda A. Reddy, PhD, Tara M. Files-Hall, PhD, and Charles E. Schaefer, PhD.


This course meets the qualifications for 9 hours of continuing education

Empirically Based Play Interventions for Children
Editors: Linda A. Reddy, PhD; Tara M. Files-Hall, and Charles E. Schaefer, PhD

Empirically Based Play Interventions for Children is a compilation of innovative, well-designed play interventions, presented for the first time in one text. Play therapy is the oldest and most popular form of child therapy in clinical practice and is widely considered by practitioners to be uniquely responsive to children's developmental needs.

Play promotes normal child development and can help alleviate emotional and behavioral difficulties. Even so, play-based interventions have often been criticized for the lack of an empirical base to prove their efficacy. In an era of cost-containment, the need to provide evidence of the effectiveness of interventions is increasingly important in order to gain the general acceptance of third-party payers, mental health professionals, and consumers.

This book answers the call from professional and managed-care organizations for research-based treatment methods with proven efficacy. It describes a range of play interventions that feature flexibility in service delivery and across settings, child populations and age groups.

The editors and their contributors detail vital treatment components, including interventions that accommodate the developmental level of the child, target functional behaviors and competencies in children and parents, use psychometrically sound and clinically sensitive outcome assessments, and define successful outcomes by statistically meaningful methods.

Clinicians and researchers alike will benefit from this landmark text and will gain a fuller understanding of the key ingredients for developing future play interventions.(courtesy: The American Psychological Association)

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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.


This course meets the qualifications for 9 hours of continuing education

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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.
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Learning Objectives

In this 9 unit course:

The clinician will be able to:

1. Discuss the importance of basing play interventions on empirical evidence.
2. List the play interventions that have the most empirical support.
3. Identify which play treatments work best for specific disorders of children.
4. Analyze therapeutic play programs for hospitalized children.
5. Practice a playful imagery technique for chronically ill children.





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Table of Contents

Preface Sue Bratton, Ph.D., University of North Texas
The Editors
The Contributors
Announcing Empirically-Based Play Interventions for Children
Linda A. Reddy, Ph.D., Tara Files-Hall, Ph.D., & Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D.
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Section I: Empirically-Based Play Prevention Programs
The Primary Mental Health Project: A Play-Based Intervention for School-Aged Children
Deborah B. Johnson, M.S., JoAnne L. Pedro-Carroll, Ph.D., & Stephen P. Demanchick, MS.Ed
University of Rochester, Children's Institute
3. Intensive Play Therapy with Child Witnesses of Domestic Violence
Sarina Kot, Ph.D., British Columbia's Children's Hospital
Ashley Tyndall-Lind, Ph.D., Genesis Women Shelter
4.A Play-Based Preventive Intervention to Foster Children's Resilience in the Aftermath of Divorce
JoAnne L. Pedro-Carroll, Ph.D., & Sheryl H. Jones, Ph.D.
University of Rochester, Children's Institute

Section II: Empirically-Based Play Interventions for Internalizing
Posttraumatic Play Therapy: The Need for an Integrated Model of Directive and Non-Directive Approaches
Janine S. Shelby, Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles
Erika Felix, Ph.D., DePaul University
6. Guided Fantasy Play for Chronically Ill Children: A Critical Review
Melissa Ramirez Johnson, Ph.D., & Jennifer L. Kreimer, M.S., C.C.L.S.
University of North Carolina, WakeMed, School of Medicine
7. A Review of Play-Based Interventions for Hospitalized Children
William A. Rae, Ph.D., & Jeremy R. Sullivan, B.S.
Texas A & M University

Section III: Empirically-Based Play Interventions for Externalizing Disorders
Child ADHD Multimodal Program: An Empirically-Supported Intervention for Young Children with ADHD
Linda A. Reddy, Ph.D., Craig Springer, M.A., Tara M. Hall, Ph.D., Elizabeth Benisz, Ph.D., Yvonne Hauch, M.A., Dania Braunstein, M.A., & Tanya Atamanoff, B.A.
Fairleigh Dickinson University
9. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Children Experiencing Externalizing Behavior Problems
Amy D. Herschell, Ph.D., & Cheryl B. McNeil, Ph.D.
West Virginia University
10. A Cooperative Games Intervention for Aggressive Pre-School Children
April K. Bay-Hinitz, Ph.D., & Ginger R. Wilson, M.A.
University of Nevada at Reno

Section IV: Empirically-Based Play Interventions for Developmental Disorders and Related Issues
Play Interventions for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Sally J. Rogers, Ph.D. University of California Davis, M.I.N.D. Institute
12. Filial Therapy: A Critical Review
Rise Van Fleet, Ph.D., Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, PA.
Scott D. Ryan, Ph.D., Florida State University
Shelly K. Smith, MSW, Florida State University

Section V: Final Comments
Present Status and Future Directions for Play Interventions for Children
Tara Files Hall, Ph.D., & Linda A. Reddy, Ph.D.
Fairleigh Dickinson University

(courtesy: The American Psychological Association)


"We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing". Charles Schaefer


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.


Empirically Based Play Interventions For Children

Foundations of Play Therapy

Play Therapy with Adults

Play Therapy with Adolescents

The Therapeutic Powers of Play


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