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Best Play Therapy Books Worth Your Attention

Our list of some of the best Play Therapy books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

Child-Centered Play Therapy Workbook: A Self-Directed Guide for Professionals (2013)

 Best Play Therapy Books Worth Your AttentionThis indispensable workbook successfully combines the foundational content needed to orient play therapists to the child-centered approach with an engaging series of reflective and experiential activities designed to help develop therapeutic competence.The many activities included here allow readers to engage in an interactive process to learn the philosophy and skills of child-centered play therapy: seeing the…
Author(s): Jodi Ann Mullen, June M. Rickli

Play Therapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice (Creative Arts and Play Therapy) (2016)

 Best Play Therapy Books Worth Your AttentionThis authoritative work brings together leading play therapists to describe state-of-the-art clinical approaches and applications. The book explains major theoretical frameworks and summarizes the contemporary play therapy research base, including compelling findings from neuroscience. Contributors present effective strategies for treating children struggling with such problems as trauma, maltreatment, attachment difficulties, bullying, rage, grief, and autism spectrum disorder.
Author(s): David A. Crenshaw , Anne L. Stewart, et al.

Play Therapy: An Introduction (2005)

 Best Play Therapy Books Worth Your AttentionThis first edition book provides a comparison of play therapy theories in the areas of basic tenets, toy selection, role of the therapist, process of therapy, setting of limits, parent involvement, and assessment.  Unique chapters on ethics, law, culture, diagnosis and assessment make this title a complete text for the basic course in play therapy and as a foundation for advanced play technique courses.
Author(s): Karla Delle Carmichael

Play Therapy with Traumatized Children (2009)

 Best Play Therapy Books Worth Your AttentionSome of the most rewarding work a therapist can do is help a child recover from a traumatic event. But where to begin?
Author(s): Paris Goodyear-Brown

2, 4, 6, 8 This Is How We Regulate: 75 Play Therapy Activities to Increase Mindfulness in Children (2018)

 Best Play Therapy Books Worth Your AttentionBoost the power of mindfulness by making it fun and entertaining for kids!Learning verbal mindfulness strategies can be difficult for children and adolescents, let alone when kids have autism, anxiety, ADHD or other emotional regulation issues.
Author(s): Tracy Turner-Bumberry

Trauma and Play Therapy: Helping Children Heal (2019)

 Best Play Therapy Books Worth Your AttentionTrauma and Play Therapy synthesizes new developments in the study of children’s trauma recovery to assist clinicians in combining play therapy with other powerful ways of addressing the needs of hurt children.
Author(s): Paris Goodyear-Brown

Play Therapy: Basics and Beyond (2014)

 Best Play Therapy Books Worth Your AttentionTerry Kottman
Author(s): Terry Kottman

Increasing Your Play Therapy Tool Box: A Collection of Play Therapy and Expressive Arts Interventions (2019)

 Best Play Therapy Books Worth Your AttentionBringing together four powerhouse creatives, this resource presents a collection of 46 play therapy and expressive arts interventions that deliver effective experiential healing results in the playroom or therapy setting. This impressive collection of techniques from experienced practitioners will provide interventions to target the initial engagement, working phases, and termination.
Author(s): Carmen Jimenez-Pride, Angel Onley-Livingston, et al.

70 Play Activities for Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning & Behavior (2016)

 Best Play Therapy Books Worth Your AttentionPacked with worksheets, handouts, and guided scripts with step-by-step directions, this definitive resource will put you to the top of your play game. With over 70 activities designed to improve thinking, self-regulation, learning and behavior, your tool kit will be full and your creative brain will be inspired to craft your own meaningful exercises.
Author(s): Lynne Kenney, Rebecca Comizio

Best Play Therapy Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some play therapy books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Guide to Play Therapy Documentation and Parent Consultation

Author(s): Linda E. Homeyer, Mary Morrison Bennett
ID: 3599213, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2023, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Child-Centered Play Therapy: A Practical Guide to Therapeutic Relationships with Children

Author(s): Nancy H. Cochran, William J. Nordling, Jeff L. Cochran
ID: 3352467, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2022, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf

Unravelling Trauma and Weaving Resilience with Systemic and Narrative Therapy: Playful Collaborations with Children, Families and Networks

Author(s): Sabine Vermeire
ID: 3423306, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2022, Size: 39 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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