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Theraplay : helping parents and children build better relationships through attachment-based play
Jernberg, Ann M. (Ann Marshak), 1928-
Second edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxx, 434 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Some copies have c2001, but this is actually a PRINTING date, not a copyright.
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RJ505.P6 J47 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Increasing a child's competence and trust

Attachment-based play can help build the intimacy that creates the healthy parent-child interactions that are so vital to a child's development. This is especially true for children how are troubled by emotional or learning difficulties. The thoroughly revised second edition of the author's classic work Theraplay offers clear, easily understood guidelines for professionals and parents to a dynamic and proven approach for treating children with attachment and relationship problems.

Based on the work of the founder of the renowned Theraplay Institute in Chicago, this new book explores how to use play to communicate love and authority and shows how this effective form of treatment increases a child's competence and trust. A comprehensive resource, the book offers effective techniques for working with special populations including children who have been adopted or are in foster care, victims of trauma or abuse, and youngsters with autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Written in a clear and instructive style, Theraplay is an excellent guide for both parents and professionals who work with children.

Author Notes

ANN M. JERNBERG (1927 - 1993) was the founder of The Theraplay Institute. PHYLLIS B. BOOTH is the director of training at The Theraplay Institute.

Table of Contents

1 Theraplay: History and Method
2 Theraplay Sessions and Instructions for the Therapist
3 Individual Theraplay for Children
4 Group Theraplay for Children
5 Family Theraplay
6 Special Settings for Treatment
7 Underactive and Overactive Children
8 Handicapped Children
9 Autistic Children
10 Adolescents
11 Adults
12 Selecting and Training Theraplay Therapists
13 Future Directions