Straightforward, practical, and on the mark, this handbook gives step-by-step instruction on using play therapy with children in school and private practice settings. The second edition builds on the fundamental instruction of the first edition and supplies play therapists with the necessary tools to strengthen therapeutic work with children-especially those with problematic attitudes-their parents, and their teachers and to engage them all in making changes that will benefit the client. Detailed information on developing client lifestyle conceptualizations and treatment plans (which include strategies for working with parents and teachers) have been added, as have many more strategies for using art and metaphors in work with children. A case study designed to illustrate each of the stages of Adlerian play therapy highlights Kottman’s successful techniques.
Partners in Play:
• Identifies the types of clients who can benefit most from play therapy • Gives suggestions for toy selection and arrangement of the playroom • Reviews counselor roles and responsibilities throughout the therapeutic process • Examines children’s behavior in the context of their family and school environment • Offers suggestions on building an egalitarian relationship with the child and how to set limits in the playroom • Presents ideas on helping the child gain insight.
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