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The Therapeutic Powers of Play: 20 Core Agents of Change by Charles E. Schaefer PDF

By Charles E. Schaefer

ISBN-10: 1118336879

ISBN-13: 9781118336878

"Focusing at the particular components that turn on scientific swap, this e-book is better through present study, extra plentiful scope, and an array of contributions in modern and appropriate subject components. it's jam-packed with thought, course, and grounding. it is a wonderful contribution to the sector of kid therapy."

—Eliana Gil, PhD, Gil Institute for Trauma restoration and Education

A functional examine how play remedy can advertise psychological well-being wellbeing in childrens and adolescents

Revised and extended, The healing Powers of Play, moment variation explores the strong results that play remedy has on varied parts inside of a baby or adolescent's lifestyles: verbal exchange, emotion legislation, courting enhancement, and private strengths. Editors Charles Schaefer and Athena Drewes—renowned specialists within the box of play therapy—discuss the several interventions and parts of remedy which could flow consumers to change.

Leading play therapists contributed to this quantity, providing a large repertoire of functional strategies and purposes in every one bankruptcy to be used in medical perform, including:

  • Direct teaching
  • Indirect teaching
  • Self-expression
  • Relationship enhancement
  • Attachment formation
  • Catharsis
  • Stress inoculation
  • Creative challenge solving
  • Self-esteem

Filled with medical case vignettes from quite a few theoretical viewpoints, the second one version is a useful source for play and baby therapists of all degrees of expertise and theoretical orientations.

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WHY IS SELF-EXPRESSION THERAPEUTIC? Most would agree that self-expression is critical to our happiness as humans. Adolescents and adults express themselves in both verbal and nonverbal ways. However, few people consider how young children express themselves. Play provides children with the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts and to make sense of their experiences. PLAY IS A CHILD’S NATURAL LANGUAGE Children do not have the vocabulary to accurately express their emotions or their understanding of situations.

When he was telling himself to resist, the therapist was worried that he was, in fact, resisting the urge to hit her. Instead of setting a limit on his potential future behavior, the therapist stayed with him, trusting in the process. She was able to acknowledge how difficult it was to resist the urge to do something that your body wanted to do, and in the end, he was triumphant in his attempt. He neither hit the therapist nor hurt himself. He was able to express his desires, and he was met with reflections about the effort that he was putting into his resistance.

It is through play that children explore the unfamiliar and make it familiar, thus facilitating understanding of self, others, and their experiences. Landreth (1993) stated, “Play facilitates understanding and understanding thus facilitates children’s self-expression” (p. 45). PLAY ALLOWS CHILDREN TO TALK IN THE THIRD PERSON Pretend play allows children to “talk in the third person,” that is, have dolls, puppets, and make-believe characters express or act out for them the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are too difficult or threatening to express directly (Schaefer, 2012).

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