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Advanced Play Therapy: Essential Conditions, Knowledge, and Skills for Child Practice

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Current play therapy resources offer details on how to conduct play therapy, but are limited in addressing the challenges that develop when therapists conduct play therapy with real-life clients. Using the Child-Centered Play Therapy Approach, Ray has written the first book to address these complex play therapy subjects. Topics covered include: integrating field knowledge of play, development, and theory into the advanced play therapist’s knowledge base; working with difficult situations, such as limit-setting, aggression, and parents; addressing modern work concerns like measuring progress, data accountability, and treatment planning; differentiating play therapy practice in school and community settings; and addressing complicated skills, such as theme work, group play therapy, and supervision. Ray also includes her Child Centered Play Therapy Treatment Manual, an invaluable tool for any play therapist accountable for evidence-based practice. This manual can also be found on the accompanying CD, along with treatment plan, session summary, and progress-tracking worksheets.

Play Therapy Primary Areas:
  • Seminal / Historically Significant Theories
  • Skills and Methods
  • Special Topics

Learning Objectives:

  • Recite when, why and how to set limits for children in a play room.
  • Describe key characteristics of effective play therapists.
  • Explain the historical and religious influences upon the nature and development of play.
  • Discuss the various stages of child development from the perspectives of leaders in the field.
  • Compare play therapy practice in schools to play therapy in community settings.
  • Describe the five properties of play.
  • Identify common themes in play therapy.



  • 8.00 - CE Hours/Credits