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The play therapy primer
O'Connor, Kevin J.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : John Wiley & Sons, [2000]

Physical Description:
xii, 477 pages ; 25 cm
Introduction. Definition and history of play therapy -- Theories of play therapy -- Diversity issues -- A conceptual framework for the practice of individual play therapy. Theoretical underpinnings of play therapy -- Basic assumptions of ecosystemic play therapy -- The course of individual play therapy. The intake process -- Assessment, case formulation, and treatment planning -- Beginning treatment -- Making play therapy sessions therapeutic -- Developmental and phase-specific modifications of ecosystemic play therapy -- Transference and countertransference -- Collateral work -- Termination -- Case examples: Dennis and Diane -- Ecosystemic play therapy for groups. Group play therapy.
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The clinically indispensable guide to using play in therapy, revised and updated.
Featuring new approaches developed since the publication of the successful first edition, The Play Therapy Primer, Second Edition offers health care professionals and students a balance of fundamentals, theory, and practical techniques for using play in therapy. Providing an ecosystemic perspective, the book defines distinctive approaches to the practice of play therapy that readers can integrate into a personalized and internally consistent theory and practice of their own. This timely resource also includes increased coverage of developmental issues and a new chapter discussing diversity issues with case examples.

Presenting stimulating and useful information for therapists at all levels of training, The Play Therapy Primer covers:
* A history of play therapy
* The major theories of play therapy in use today
* Ecosystemic Play Therapy theory and practice
* A conceptual framework for the practice of individual play therapy
* The course of individual play therapy
* Structured group play therapy
* Session-by-session treatment plans

Author Notes

KEVIN J. O CONNOR, PhD, RPT-S, is Professor and Director of the Ecosystemic Clinical Child Psychology Program at the California School of Professional Psychology. He is the cofounder of the Association for Play Therapy and currently serves on its Board. He maintains a private practice treating children and their families and is the author of several widely used texts on play therapy in general and Ecosytemic Play Therapy in particular.

Table of Contents

Definition and History of Play Therapy
Theories of Play Therapy
Diversity Issues
A Conceptual Framework For The Practice Of Individual Play Therapy
Theoretical Underpinnings of Play Therapy
Basic Assumptions of Ecosystemic Play Therapy
The Course Of Individual Play Therapy
The Intake Process
Assessment, Case Formulation, and Treatment Planning
Beginning Treatment
Making Play Therapy Sessions Therapeutic
Developmental and Phase-Specific Modifications of Ecosystemic Play Therapy
Transference and Countertransference
Collateral Work
Case Examples: Denis and Dianne
Ecosystemic Play Therapy For Groups
Group Play Therapy
Author Index
Subject Index