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Short-Term Play Therapy for Children Paperback – 11 Aug 2009

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"Short-Term Play Therapy for Children, Second Edition, is the definitive book on the subject. If you are a mental health professional using play therapy with children, you need this book. If you are an elementary school counselor who has limited time, you need this book. If you are a professor teaching a class on advanced play therapy strategies or working with children on a time-limited basis, you need this book. It provides detailed, practical information about applying short-term play therapy with individual clients, families, and groups, with a wide variety of populations and issues." - Terry Kottman, The Encouragement Zone, Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA

"Play therapists should be well versed in effective short-term interventions for children for two reasons. First, children simply cannot afford to be in psychological distress for extended periods of time because of the negative impact this can have on their healthy development. Second, because of the financial and time constraints often imposed by third-party payers, the therapist needs to strive to make each session maximally beneficial. This book can be particularly effective in helping graduate students make the transition from traditional models of psychotherapy, which suggest open-ended treatment, to more focused models better suited to the developmental needs of children. It provides all mental health professionals with essential tools and strategies to help children make rapid gains in therapy in our ever more fast-paced world." - Kevin O’Connor, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, USA

"This timely book is full of very helpful and creative play therapy interventions appropriate for short-term work with individuals, families, and groups. The structured, goal-oriented approaches described in the many detailed case examples will be welcomed by practicing clinicians and by professors who teach play therapy in various university settings. By acknowledging the reality of time factors and their impact on the structure of treatment, this book helps guide the field of play therapy in the 21st century." - Nancy Boyd Webb, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, USA

"This is an important resource for those who work with children or are studying to do so. It is practical and full of creative ideas for individual, group, and family interventions." - Doody’s Review Service

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Edited by Heidi Gerard Kaduson, PhD, private practice, Monroe Township, NJ, USA, and Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, Department of Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ, USA: both Co-Directors, The Play Therapy Training Institute, Inc., Hightstown, NJ, USA

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 17 Feb. 2013
By Blondie - Published on
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This book uses scenarios or vignettes to illustrate how different play therapy techniques are applied successfuly. I highly recommend it to anyone doing therapy with children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative 10 May 2010
By R. Pearson - Published on
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I have a 6 year old boy with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder, and ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder). This book gave many helpful suggestions in dealing with and understanding my sons handicap. The best way in dealing with any situation is understanding/direction. In that aspect I was able to improve our living condition in numerous ways, but it is still a work in progress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly, comprehensive, insightful, thought-provoking. 6 April 2000
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Divided into three major sections, Short-Term Play Therapy For Children offers an effective therapeutic approach for troubled children resolve psychological difficulties steaming from any source. Included are approaches for use with individual children, families and groups, with each chapter highlighting ways to elicit children's active participation in treatment, develop clear treatment goals, and bring about rapid, long-lasting, positive results. Scholarly, comprehensive, insightful, thought-provoking, Short-Term Play Therapy For Children is a seminal, highly recommended work that calls upon the best minds in the field of child psychology and therapy to create an invaluable text and reference for students and practitioners.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but too wordy 25 Jun. 2009
By Noelani - Published on
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This book has a lot of great ideas to use with kids, but I was looking for something to serve as a quick reference with a list of activities, how to do them, when to do them, etc. Still, the case examples prove very insightful.
3.0 out of 5 stars good book for my counseling class, but we really didnt use it much. i read it on my own time. 24 Feb. 2016
By Sueperwoman - Published on
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good book. we only read a few pages about 3 times. I have even use some of the therapies in class.
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