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International Journal of Play Therapy - Vol 26, Iss 3

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International Journal of Play Therapy The International Journal of Play Therapy, the official journal of the Association for Play Therapy, is dedicated to publishing and disseminating reports of original research, theoretical articles, and substantive reviews of topics germane to play therapy on behalf of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, school counselors, marriage and family therapists, and other mental health professionals.
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  • A review of play therapy interventions for chronic illness: Applications to childhood obesity prevention and treatment.
    The diagnosis of a childhood chronic illness affects both the child and his or her family, thus interventions should target the diagnosed child and the family system. Utilizing play therapy (PT) to treat childhood chronic illness has the potential to foster children’s development of a positive self-image, self-control, and promote a healthy parent-child relationship as the foundation for current and future health behaviors. Currently, limited research exists assessing different PT modalities in the treatment of childhood chronic illness. Furthermore, additional research is needed to evaluate the use of PT with common health diagnoses in childhood, such as overweight and obesity. The purpose of this review is to synthesize the empirical PT research in the treatment of childhood chronic illness (e.g., diabetes), and to provide future intervention recommendations for the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity. Six articles published from 2002 to 2014 were included in the final review based on the listed inclusion/exclusion criteria. Results were organized into 3 themes, family system enhancement, child psychological outcomes, and child and parent perceived health behavior change. Future application of PT interventions to the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity are discussed herein. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • The effectiveness of child parent relationship therapy in an online format.
    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of an online format of child parent relationship therapy (CPRT; Landreth & Bratton, 2006) in increasing parental acceptance of participants’ children. Parental perceptions of CPRT in an online format were also explored. Eight participants from around the world completed CPRT online. Findings show significant improvement in parental acceptance and participants’ satisfaction with the approach. Results, recommendations, and practical implications for this innovative online parent training approach are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • Child-parent relationship therapy—A dialogue with Winnicott’s theory.
    The article describes the dynamic creative space formed in a parent-child play hour, which takes place as part of child-parent relationship therapy (CPRT), and examines how the space emerges in parallel processes: the creative play setting and the parenting group sessions held as part of CPTR. Parents engaged in CPRT learn in small groups to implement practices that derive from the undirected play therapy approach. The article examines the CPRT method on the theoretical and clinical approach of D. W. Winnicott. According to Winnicott, play is an existential being. It has a profound meaning, which transcends the boundaries of childhood and the individual and reaches intersubjective existential spaces. The therapeutic process in CPRT occurs in the 2 interconnected spaces: that of parent-child play and that of the parenting group, during which parents can share and process their experiences with the help of the therapist. The present article shows how these spaces can be understood using Winnicott’s concepts and how this understanding can enhance the contribution of the therapeutic process in CPRT. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • Methodological considerations for a directive play therapy approach for children with autism and related disorders.
    Research to investigate the efficiency, appropriateness, and feasibility of a directive play therapy approach for children with complex needs must consider methodological issues that impact on internal and external validity. This paper discusses methodological issues that arose when research was concerned with a directive play therapy approach called Learn to Play Therapy with children with autism and related disorders. The example of a small study of 3 children with autism and related disorders, who undertook twenty-two 1-h sessions of Learn to Play Therapy, is used to discuss methodological issues such as choice of therapy, the adaptive functioning of the child, matching the outcome measure to the therapy, definitions of play and replication of studies, variability in children’s developmental levels, acceptability of treatment to the child, feasibility, treatment fidelity, researcher bias and bias in sample selection, sample size, clinical significance, and the need for independent monitoring of therapy. The paper concludes that when appropriate consideration for methodological issues is given, in depth analysis of individual children’s responses to Learn to Play Therapy can inform effectiveness of the outcomes of therapy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • Integrative play therapy with adults with complex trauma: A developmentally-informed approach.
    Play therapy is a widely recognized therapeutic approach with traumatized children and adolescents, yet very few studies recognize the value of play therapy with adults who were traumatized as children. Play therapy offers a powerful medium for working with adults with complex trauma because play addresses areas of social, emotional, and cognitive development compromised from chronic interpersonal trauma exposure in early childhood. This article outlines the core symptomology experienced by adults with complex trauma, highlights important themes in trauma treatment, and identifies how Integrative Play Therapy can help clients move through the phases of trauma treatment. The article demonstrates the application of Integrative Play Therapy with an adult with complex trauma through a case presentation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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