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Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship [Hardcover]

Garry L. Landreth
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12 Sep 2002 1583913270 978-1583913277 2
Play Therapy, Second Edition, is a thorough update to the 1991 first edition best-selling book, the most widely used text for play therapy courses. It refreshes the history and development in play therapy including results of research done in the past 10 years. A new chapter is included on current issues and special populations relevant to the development of play therapy. The author presents very readable descriptions of play and the history of play therapy; child and therapist characteristics; play room set-up and materials; working with parents; and a number of helpful and interesting case descriptions.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (12 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583913270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583913277
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 23.1 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 538,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Dr. Garry Landreth has made yet another significant contribution to the field of play therapy with the revised and expanded second edition of his landmark, award-winning text, Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship. This book is rare in its scope, including a historical, theoretical, and practical-how to approach to play therapy; in addition to providing invaluable insights into the child's world and the therapeutic power of play within the context of the child-therapist relationship. This is the essential text for an introductory play therapy course and a must read for all child therapists.' - Sue C. Bratton, Ph.D., University of North Texas, President, Association for Play Therapy 2001-2002

'The first edition was a classic and this second edition builds upon that groundbreaking work with the addition of chapters dealing with intensive and short-term play and an expansion of Filial Therapy. A major strength of the text is the inclusion of current play therapy research, much of which comes from the work of Landreth and his students. There is no other text in print that is as comprehensive.this text will continue to set the standard for training and practice.' - Joanna F. White, Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, Georgia State University, President-elect, Association for Play Therapy


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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is a necessary addition to any therapists library, especially those who are just beginning or are interested in knowing the foundations for therapy with children. Clearly written and well organized, it is easy to read and an invaluable reference. Highly recommended for beginning play therapists.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good one to have. 12 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
A useful, easy read for anyone in this field (or anyone wanting to learn about play therapy). Although not too deep or extensive, it's a good overview.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a practical primer 4 Nov 2011
By Tarkus
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What this book is:

- a clearly written rationale and description of "pure" non-directive/child-centred play therapy technique
- a highly practical guide for the playroom. If you are wondering what to say if a child asks, "Do you like my picture?" or what to do if a child starts throwing marbles at you, this book has the answers.

What this book is not:

- a scientific/academic review of Play Therapy - there is no citation of evidence of effectiveness, or any comparative theoretical material, for example
- a guide that includes the latest research on the importance of early attachment experiences and brain development

Overall, it is an indispensable resource for anyone hoping to do therapeutic work with children using a pure non-directive approach - as a practical guide, I can think of no other text that comes close. However, to understand why one might be using this approach in the first place, and when other approaches might be more appropriate, you will need to look elsewhere.
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One of my favourite books on play therapy! Garry L. Landreth covers a wide range of issues and is in a clear format making it an enjoyable and informative read.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise, engaging introduction to play therapy 24 Jun 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is a necessary addition to any therapists library, especially those who are just beginning or are interested in knowing the foundations for therapy with children. Clearly written and well organized, it is easy to read and an invaluable reference. Highly recommended for beginning play therapists
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but requires a huge buy-in on theory 9 Aug 2008
By SMC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I took a course from Dr. Landreth in the 1980s, and while I respect his perspective on child-centered play therapy, it seems a bit rigid and dogmatic. This book describes his theoretical perspective on working with children -- ONE perspective, which is helpful in many cases, but definitely not for everyone. In working with a diverse group of families and children, I've found the perspectives and techniques outlined in this book to have limited applicability. Landreth would say that's the therapist's fault -- not doing the approach "right." But I think it helps to look at the ideas in this book as ONE approach of many, and to work from the approach that fits you and your families best.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE Book for aspiring play therapists! 19 July 2005
By A. Sirocky-Meck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was required to read the book for a class I was completing on Play therapy. It was a very easy read, well organized with a good mixture of research and anecdotal information. What makes the book a truly outstanding resource is Dr. Landreth's very candid insight into the practice of play therapy as well as his willingness to share with the reader his very sincere love and respect for children.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A more than sufficient survey of the techniques of therapeutic play 19 Sep 2008
By J. Mcdonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Much like any other piece of literature the Landreth text tends to hold a bias. Although it adequately accounts for the basic assumptions of other approaches to play therapy this particular text tends to err on the side of the Client-Centered approach. So, if you're not keen on Axline and, to a lesser extend, Rogers, this text may not be for you.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful and well written 13 May 2007
By L. Crammer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is a must have for any therapist working with children. It brings you into the world of the child and the means of his/her expression.
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