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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.

1. Play Therapy: Engaging & Powerful Techniques for the Treatment of Childhood Disorders (2018)

 Best Play Therapy Books Worth Your AttentionDiscover play therapy works and to use it to treat childhood mental health challenges such as:ADHD – Anxiety – Autism – Disruptive Behavior Disorders – Depression – OCD – PTSD – Trauma – Self-Esteem – Social SkillsPlay Therapy is filled with dozens of powerful play techniques adapted for use in individual, family, and group therapy, for schools, and at home. – Hands on Activities – Printable Worksheets – Expressive and Creative Arts – Dynamic Therapeutic Games – Puppet Play – Guided Imagery – Parent-Child Interventions- Tips for Parents & Teachers…
Author(s): Clair Mellenthin

2. 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 world through the child s eyes, empathizing, tracking, setting limits, recognizing childhood as culture, identifying themes and stages of therapy, and more.Throughout, the authors…
Author(s): Jodi Ann Mullen, June M. Rickli

3. 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. Practice principles are brought to life in vivid case illustrations throughout the volume. Special topics include…
Author(s): David A. Crenshaw , Anne L. Stewart, et al.

4. 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. The book is illustrated with over 70 pictures of children and play therapists in a variety of play settings, including a large empty classroom to specially designed playrooms.  Counselors in K-12 school…
Author(s): Karla Delle Carmichael

5. 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? A growing body of play therapy literature offers many specific techniques and a variety of theoretical models; however, many therapists are still searching for a comprehensive model of treatment that incorporates solid theoretical constructs with effective play therapy interventions. Clinicians have long recognized that trauma therapy is not just a matter of techniques but a journey with a beginning, middle, and end. In a pioneering contribution to the field, Play Therapy…
Author(s): Paris Goodyear-Brown

6. 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. That’s why play therapist and counselor, Tracy Turner-Bumberry, LPC, RPT-S, CAS, has created 75 simple, playful and on-point interventions that combines mindfulness, expressive arts and play to help kids achieve greater self-regulation, focus more and stress less.Choose from a variety of playful, mindful, and art-based interventions: – Breathing – Drawing – Coloring – Mandala -…
Author(s): Tracy Turner-Bumberry

7. 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. The TraumaPlayTM model, formerly known as Flexibly Sequential Play Therapy, equips practitioners to manage and adapt aspects of the play therapy place and process in order to help children tell their stories while draining the emotional toxicity from traumatic experiences. Chapters explore the neurobiological and developmental foundations of play therapy as…
Author(s): Paris Goodyear-Brown

8. Play Therapy: Basics and Beyond (2014)

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

9. 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. Activities address a range of issues including, feelings, expression, social skills, self-esteem, and termination. A must-have for mental health professionals…
Author(s): Carmen Jimenez-Pride, Angel Onley-Livingston, et al.

10. 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. Play now, Play later…with 70 Play Activities for better brain functioning and learning.Based on years of clinical experience and educational work, Harvard-trained psychologist, Lynne Kenney, PsyD, and school psychologist, Rebecca Comizio, MA,…
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 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.

Turning Points in Play Therapy and the Emergence of Self: Applications of the Play Therapy Dimensions Model

Author(s): Lorri Yasenik; Ken Gardner
ID: 2282276, Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub

Art, Play, and Narrative Therapy: Using Metaphor to Enrich Your Clinical Practice

Author(s): Lisa B. Moschini
ID: 2305347, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2018, Size: 21 Mb, Format: pdf

Doing Play Therapy: From Building the Relationship to Facilitating Change

Author(s): Terry Kottman; Kristin K Meany-Walen
ID: 2374097, Publisher: The Guilford Press, Year: 2018, Size: 4 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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