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Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems

Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems [Kindle Edition]

Cathy A. Malchiodi , David A. Crenshaw

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"Truly impressive. The chapters capture the power of different therapeutic techniques that involve the use of the arts and play when working with children with attachment problems. The case examples provide a revealing view of and rationale for the interventions of very talented therapists. The book is enriched by the inclusion of recent brain research to help the reader understand why these techniques are indicated. While the emphasis is on youngsters with histories of abuse and attachment problems, the therapeutic techniques described are applicable with all child patients. This is an invaluable resource for both beginning and experienced child and adolescent psychotherapists. Malchiodi and Crenshaw are to be commended for editing such a wonderful, informative book."--Robert Brooks, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School "When children are 'captured' by living in a traumatic environment, it takes the efforts of a brave and knowledgeable therapist to help release them from their psychological bondage. This book brings that insight to fruition in an approach to attachment-focused play and arts therapy that is grounded in knowledge of developmental neuroscience, and it does so with insight and wisdom. It should be required reading for any professional who steps into the world of children exposed to the dark side of human experience."--James Garbarino, PhD, Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology, Loyola University Chicago "This book is a gem! Integrating attachment theory, recent advances in neuroscience, and clinical wisdom, the editors have made an outstanding contribution to the field. Contributors weave together theory, research, and practice. Readers gain a deeper appreciation for the rich nuances of creative arts and play therapy as powerful means of helping survivors of attachment trauma. Every chapter contains practical techniques for addressing a wide range of therapeutic issues, and vignettes that bring the concepts ton

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This book vividly shows how creative arts and play therapy can help children recover from experiences of disrupted or insecure attachment. Leading practitioners explore the impact of early relationship difficulties on children's emotions and behavior. Rich case material brings to life a range of therapeutic approaches that utilize art, music, movement, drama, creative writing, and play. The volume covers ways to address attachment issues with individuals of different ages, as well as their caregivers. Chapters clearly explain the various techniques and present applications for specific populations, including complex trauma survivors.

This e-book edition features 13 full-color illustrations. (Illustrations will appear in black and white on black-and-white e-readers).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2135 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (18 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Major Work in the Understanding and Treatment of Attachment Problems 1 Jan 2014
By Steven T. Baron - Published on
Cathy Malchiodi and David Crenshaw, two giants in the fields of Art and Play Therapy respectively have co-edited a wonderful book that illustrates the healing power of these modalities for children with attachment disorders. By utilizing a total of 27 contributors our knowledge of this topic has been significantly enhanced. By weaving together theory, research, and case studies this work offers a comprehensive rationale of the value of not only play and art therapy in particular in providing a potent curative experience for children, but also examines the importance of music, dance and filial therapies among others. This work also provides cutting edge information on the neurobiological role of play. The writers do an exceedingly clear job of presenting the tenets of attachment and the application of such in real world therapeutic situations. The utilization of these approaches in working with at risk populations makes this not only a major academic work but one that has great clinical utility. Overall the editors and contributors are to be heartily commended for providing the therapeutic community with such a meaningful and well written book
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Resource 30 April 2014
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Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems is a must-have for therapists working with children and families. The research is up to date and each chapter provides an excellent introduction to the newest ideas in attachment theory, trauma and neurobiology. The book is accessible and pragmatic offering theory and practice and I am recommending it to fellow clinicians and students alike.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Book for Clinicans Who Work With Attachment Problems In Children 22 April 2014
By Pam Dyson - Published on
Art Therapist Cathy Malchiodi and Play Therapist David Crenshaw have co-edited a book that is the first volume in a new Guilford Press series, "Creative Arts and Play Therapy." The authors do a compelling job explaining that creative, experiential, sensory based therapies stimulate the right brain and help reestablish positive and secure attachment and should be considered the most effective approaches to use with children for whom it comes naturally. Attachment theory and recent brain research is interwoven with detailed clinical approaches including applications to specific populations. A variety of therapeutic approaches from expert clinicians are detailed out in case vignettes giving the reader the sense of being present in the therapy room and witnessing the healing process as it unfolds. Malchiodi and Crenshaw should be commended for their collaborative efforts that have resulted in a wonderful book that is sure to become a staple among both art and play therapists.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book! 1 Mar 2014
By Rosalyn Newman - Published on
Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems is a wonderful book that threads theory, brain research, clinical vignettes and practical interventions for working with children and families from the attachment perspective. In my work as a play therapist, I have found this book helpful in providing a framework for working with children and families using attachment as the foundation. The many contributors to the book create diversity of approaches and yet the chapters also compliment each other offering a variety of creative approaches that include music, theraplay, drama, arts and culture (to name a few). Well done to the editors, David Crenshaw and Cathy Malchiodi, two well-respected play therapists in the field. Thank you for putting this wonderful book together!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 1 Jun 2014
By MA Wentling - Published on
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There are very few texts I purchase as a clinician that I read cover to cover. I will skip around and find what is most meaningful to my needs. There is no way I could skip around on this book. I read it in a weekend and have referred this book to several other colleagues. I gained so much insight into the way other approaches can support each other in the best interest of the child. Great addition to my library of resources.
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