Short-Term Play Therapy for Children

Third Edition

Edited by Heidi Gerard Kaduson and Charles E. Schaefer

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Illustrated with rich case examples, this widely used practitioner resource and text presents a range of play approaches that facilitate healing in a shorter time frame. Leading play therapists from diverse theoretical orientations show how to tailor brief interventions to each child's needs. Individual, family, and group treatment models are described and clinical guidelines are provided. Chapters demonstrate ways to rapidly build alliances with children, adolescents, and their caregivers; plan treatment for frequently encountered clinical problems; and get the most out of play materials and techniques.

New to This Edition

“This book provides the reader with a variety of adaptations that can be made to shorten play therapy for specific populations….Any clinician interested in play therapy would be able to find a few chapters that pertained to a population of interest or specific theoretical orientation….Almost any clinician who frequently utilizes play therapy could find ways to easily implement strategies from the book to effectively treat and shorten the therapy process. In a culture where no one ever seems to feel like they have enough time, this could be seen as very useful for families with children in therapy….Offers effective ideas, resources, and specific interventions for integrating play into therapeutic work with children.”

Journal of Psychology and Christianity

“Kaduson and Schaefer bring together an impressive group of authors who cover a wide range of play therapy venues. Accordingly, readers are provided multiple and varied theoretical models and ways to apply them in practice....A ‘must’ for both clinicians working with children and families, and for faculty instructing those who will do so in the future.”

Families in Society (on the first edition)

“This volume offers a great service to professionals who desire effective responses to the clinical demands of treating children and their families....The book thoroughly describes treatment interventions....While the book is designed for the professional who has a working knowledge of various theoretical frameworks, it is thorough enough to be used by a beginning clinician..”

Social Work With Groups (on the first edition)

“This book has expanded the knowledge base on short-term play therapy. The third edition addresses additional topics of growing interest to clinicians, such as animal-assisted play therapy. This volume is stimulating reading for all professionals working with children, adolescents, and families, as well as students and faculty in child therapy.”

—Louise F. Guerney, PhD, Department of Human Development and Family Studies (Emerita), The Pennsylvania State University

“This book makes an indisputable case for considering short-term interventions with children and their families. It presents a range of different approaches and theoretical perspectives, including several that have been rather neglected in the play therapy literature. Chapters describe ways to work with a variety of populations who could benefit from play therapy. This would be an outstanding textbook for an advanced play therapy class.”

—Terry Kottman, PhD, Director, The Encouragement Zone, Cedar Falls, Iowa

“I love this book and plan to use it in my class. The third edition is an essential contribution to the literature for play therapists in both clinical mental health and school settings. It includes a broad array of theoretical models to work with many childhood disorders. A 'must have' for play therapists and their students.”

—Phyllis Post, PhD, Department of Counseling, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

“A comprehensive and dynamic resource for working with young people facing critical challenges in today’s world. Short-term approaches are particularly salient for professionals in schools or agencies that prioritize time-limited interventions. Written from a place of experience and sensitivity to the nuances of doing play therapy, this book offers insightful, practical examples within a strong literature-based context. It is ideal for a stand-alone course in counseling young people, for an advanced skills course, or as a 'go-to' resource for professionals.”

—Laurie A. Carlson, PhD, Counseling and Career Development Program, Colorado State University
Table of Contents

I. Individual Play Therapy

1. Release Play Therapy for Children with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Heidi Gerard Kaduson

2. Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy for Children with Anxiety and Phobias, Meena Dasari & Susan M. Knell

3. Theraplay: The Use of Structured Play Therapy to Enhance Attachment in Children, Evangeline Munns

4. Short-Term Play Therapy for Children with Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Scott Riviere

5. Short-Term Trauma Resolution by Combining Art and Play Therapy for Children, Terry Pifalo & Sarah Hamil

6. Short-Term Gestalt Play Therapy for Grieving Children, Violet Oaklander

7. Solution-Focused Sandtray Therapy for Children, Elizabeth R. Taylor

8. Short-Term Animal-Assisted Play Therapy for Children, Risë VanFleet & Tracie Faa-Thompson

9. Short-Term Play Therapy for Children with Sexual Behavior Problems, Paris Goodyear-Brown & Amy Frew

II. Family Play Therapy

10. Child-Parent Relationship Therapy to Reduce Problem Behaviors in Children, Kimberly M. Jayne & Garry L. Landreth

11. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Oppositional/Defiant Behaviors, Susan G. Timmer, Anthony J. Urquiza, & Sharon Rea Zone

12. The DIR®/Floortime™ Model of Parent Training for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Esther B. Hess

13. Short-Term Play Therapy for Adoptive Families: Overcoming Trauma, Facilitating Adjustment, and Strengthening Attachment with Filial Therapy, Risë VanFleet

III. Group Play Therapy

14. Directive Group Play Therapy for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Norma Leben

15. Integrated Play Groups® for Children on the Autism Spectrum, Pamela Wolfberg


About the Editors

Heidi Gerard Kaduson, PhD, RPT-S, specializes in evaluation and intervention services for children with a variety of behavioral, emotional, and learning problems. She is past president of the Association for Play Therapy and Director of The Play Therapy Training Institute, Inc., in Monroe Township, New Jersey. She has lectured internationally on play therapy, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and learning disabilities. Dr. Kaduson’s coedited books with Charles E. Schaefer include 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, 101 More Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, and Contemporary Play Therapy. She maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is cofounder and director emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy, which recognized him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Schaefer's more than 60 books include Essential Play Therapy Techniques, Short-Term Play Therapy for Children, Third Edition, The Therapeutic Powers of Play, Foundations of Play Therapy, and Play Therapy with Adolescents. He maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Meena Dasari, PhD, Department of Psychology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York

Tracie Faa-Thompson, MA, Turn About Pegasus, Northumberland, United Kingdom

Amy Frew, PhD, LMFT, clinical counseling and supervision, Brentwood, Tennessee

Paris Goodyear-Brown, MSSW, RPT-S, Paris and Me, LLC: Counseling for Kids, Antioch, Tennessee

Sarah Hamil, LCSW, RPT-S, ATR-BC, School of Social Work, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee

Esther B. Hess, PhD, RPT-S, Center for the Developing Mind, Los Angeles, California

Kimberly M. Jayne, EdD, Counselor Education, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Heidi Gerard Kaduson, PhD, RPT-S, The Play Therapy Training Institute, Inc., Monroe Township, New Jersey; private practice, Monroe Township, New Jersey

Susan M. Knell, PhD, Spectrum Psychological Associates, Cleveland, Ohio

Garry L. Landreth, EdD, RPT-S, LPC, Department of Counseling and Center for Play Therapy, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Norma Leben, LCSW, RPT-S, Morning Glory Treatment Center for Children, Pflugerville, Texas

Evangeline Munns, CPsych, RPT-S, CACPT-S, private practice, King City, Ontario, Canada

Violet Oaklander, PhD, The Violet Oaklander Institute, Los Angeles, California

Terry Pifalo, MPS-CAT, ATR, Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, Charleston, South Carolina

Scott Riviere, MSW, KIDZ, Inc., Lake Charles, Louisiana

Elizabeth R. Taylor, PhD, RPT-S, College of Education, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

Susan G. Timmer, PhD, CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Sacramento, California

Anthony J. Urquiza, PhD, RPT, CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Sacramento, California

Risë VanFleet, PhD, Family Enhancement and Play Therapy Center, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania

Pamela Wolfberg, PhD, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

Sharon Rea Zone, LCSW, CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Sacramento, California

Play, art, and other creative arts therapists; child clinical psychologists; child psychiatrists; social workers; counselors; and family therapists.
Serves as a text in graduate-level courses such as Introduction to Play Therapy and Special Topics in Play Therapy Practice.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

Second Edition, © 2006
ISBN: 9781606233535

First Edition, © 2000
ISBN: 9781572307209
New to this edition: