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Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play

Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play [Kindle Edition]

Phyllis B. Booth , Ann M. Jernberg
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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"Theraplay should be mandatory for every child placed in foster care or an adoptive home." (Kevin O′Connor, author, The Play Therapy Primer)

"This well–organized, detailed book . . . will delight both neophyte and experienced professional. . . . Theraplay has the capacity to transform [an] insecure parent–child relationship . . . to one of mutual pleasure and trust." (Miriam Elson, author, Self Psychology in Clinical Social Work)

"This is a much–needed resource, and I highly recommAnd it." (Charles E. Schaefer, professor of psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University)

"Booth has made explicit the reality of attachment–based play′ that is Theraplay. She has gone further than the first edition in integrating parents into the treatment. . . . By giving parents the skills to take the interventions home, she enables Theraplay to be a much more effective brief therapy method." (Daniel A. Hughes, author, Facilitating Developmental Attachment)

"Helping to create, restructure, or restore a child–parent relationship is an awesome task and a sacred trust. The Theraplay method provides a structure for working with both children and their caregivers to develop robust, wholesome relationships." (Beverly James, author, Treating Traumatized Children and Handbook for Treatment of Attachment–Trauma Problems)

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Theraplay?a pioneering application of attachment theory to clinical work—helps parents learn and practice how to provide the playful engagement, empathic responsiveness, and clear guidance that lead to secure attachment and lifelong mental health in their children. This third edition of the groundbreaking book Theraplay shows how to use play to engage children in interactions that lead to competence, self-regulation, self-esteem, and trust. Theraplay's relationship-based approach is uniquely designed to help families facing today's busy and often chaotic lifestyle challenges form joyful, loving relationships.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1163 KB
  • Print Length: 641 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470281669
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 3 edition (6 Nov 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002WQLNB0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to refer back to again and again! 27 Jun 1999
By A Customer
I can not say enough positive things about this outstanding book. As a child therapist, who works with many children in the foster care system and increasing numbers of adopted children, Theraplay has become the single most important tool in my repertoire of therapy modalities. It is very exciting to find a method of working with children that offers practical and impactful strategies to try, which are very different from what you may already be doing. I have also attended the Theraplay trainings at the Theraplay Institute in Chicago and am near completion of the Theraplay Certification process. Even if I am not using Theraplay with a particular child, the foundation and understanding of attachment that this model has given me pervade my work. Parents of children that I am using Theraplay with often report dramatic progress in their child's behavior and attachment to them in a short period of time. One father of an internationally adopted child that I am using Theraplay with said it best. He stated, "We finally came to realize that our child was not going to be able to fully benefit from all the supportive services we were taking him to (including occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy) until he was able to form an attachment with us. Theraplay has allowed that attachment to form and we are now seeing much more progress in other areas of development."
The model of using parents as co-therapists, as presented in the book, is very empowering to parents and the parents I use Theraplay with have many positive comments to say about this. One foster/adoptive mother recently told me she thinks that every foster or adoptive parent should be required to learn Theraplay.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Kate
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We were recommended this book by our adoption agency as a good start to understanding theraplay techniques. Whilst it manages to convey the fun playful approach needed to engage and connect with traumatised children, much of the book is not aimed at parents. In fact much of the book is preoccupied with the setting up and organising of formal therapy sessions and is not relevant to everyday parents in the home. Furthermore, its attitude towards parents often seems to make them seem secondary to the therapist, implying that the childs most important relationship should be with the therapist not the parent. As an adoptive parent and professional who has worked with traumatised children for the last ten years I also found its 'mirical healing' promises somewhat far fetched. I do not dispute that many children can be reached through play therapy, but suggesting that they are 'cured' of their attachment disorders after a few hour long therapy sessions is unbelievable. Read it by all means, but don't let it be all you read on the subject and don't take it too literally.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Theory 9 Jan 2011
Found this fairly heavy going, I'm a parent not a child development professional, but well worth the effort to read it. I think best to also get the more practical 'Fun To Grow On' which gives brief explanation of the theory and explains lots of techniques for families to do at home.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but questionable 9 Jan 2004
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I was recommended this book by a social worker who specialises in adoption, and was interested as my children are adopted, and because I am a counsellor myself and am training to be a play therapist.
I found it a very interesting read, and thought it illustrated well the importance of helping children develop healthy attachments, especially those children who have been separated from their family of origin. However, the methodology of the therapy I found quite shocking. It is extremely therapist led, and, I thought, frequently humiliating, especially for parents. For example, sessions often include making an inventory of a child's small hurts and rubbing them with baby powder. I guess this is to symbolise love and care. The author is also frequently openly critical of parents' attempts to co-operate with her agenda in sessions.
I imagine that this book would appeal to those who like to work in a very tightly managed and directive way to help children and families, such as social workers may. It is less likely to appeal to mainstream play therapists, counsellors or psychotherapists who work in an exploratory way. If you are a parent of a troubled child, be prepared to find the book patronising and disparaging.
This may be one to get out from the library before thinking of buying, as I wish I had.
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