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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; 2nd Edition edition (13 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787943029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787943028
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Using Play to Develop Trust and Joy in Parent–Child Relationships Theraplay, modeled on the natural, playful patterns of healthy interaction between parent and child, helps troubled families develop the responsiveness and structure vital to a child′s development. Theraplay shows parents how to use play to communicate love and authority and to engage their children in interactions that develop competence, self–esteem and trust. Booth′s revised edition brilliantly integrates Jernberg′s innovative approach with recent research on attachment and the effect of stress and trauma on child development. In a clear, forceful style and illustrated by vivid therapeutic vignettes, Theraplay demonstrates how this creative and joyful treatment can help even the most challenging children and their families.

"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

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

"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.


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kate on 9 Jan. 2011
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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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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jun. 1999
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mum on 9 Jan. 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By aqua_butterfly on 5 April 2011
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This book was given to us to accompany the training, so I would only recommed it to those who are or have done the initial Theraplay training otherwise the concepts might be difficult to grasp if you have not seen it in action or experienced it for yourself. I highly recommend the training.
The concept is excellent. One reviewer thought it to be patronising to parents but when practicised the feedback given to parents is very gentle and entirely works on their strengths. What it is trying to teach is for parents to become attuned to their emotional needs which don't always match the chronological age of the child. It helps parents to become more emotionally literate and have fun and moments of connection with their children. It is a practical and very hands on therapy and I like it because many parents can see the child as the problem when it is in fact the relationship between them that isn't quite right and needs the intervention. It isn't about talking through past problems, though they are very relevant to the assessment but about the here and now.
Theraplay works through '4 dimensions' of nurture, structure, challenge and engagement, the book is very useful as it gives you case studies where you can see how a treatment plan has been put in place and how it relates to the issues that the parents and child have faced.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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