Play Therapy Theory and Practice: Comparing Theories and Techniques, Second Edition
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Play Therapy Theory and Practice, Second Edition is edited by one of the foremost authorities on play therapy. This new edition of the best selling book on the theory and practice of play therapy provides an up-to-date guide to the ten major approaches to play therapy. The new edition covers bipolar and ADHD diagnosis and the use of psychotropic medications. In addition, it covers the use of major models of play therapy. The therapist looking to sharpen skills and students seeking initial training will benefit greatly from this book.


Kevin J. O'connor, PHD, is Professor and Director of the Clinical PsyD and PhD Programs at California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in Fresno, California. Dr. O'Connor maintains a private practice treating children and their families and has authored numerous play therapy books including the Handbook of Play Therapy and The Play Therapy Primer, Second Edition, both published by Wiley.

Lisa D. Braverman, PHD, is a pediatric psychologist who specializes in the areas of oncology, child abuse, and trauma. She also treats children, adolescents, and their families on an outpatient basis.


Preface ix

Contributors xi

Orientation to the Text: The Cases of Jason L. and Cassie B. 1
Kevin J. O’Connor and Lisa D. Braverman

1 Psychoanalytic Play Therapy 25
Anna C. Lee

2 Jungian Analytical Play Therapy 83
Eric J. Green

3 Child-Centered Play Therapy 123
Daniel S. Sweeney and Garry L. Landreth

4 Filial Therapy 163
Risë VanFleet

5 Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy 203
Susan M. Knell

6 Adlerian Play Therapy 237
Terry Kottman

7 Gestalt Play Therapy 283
Felicia Carroll

8 Theraplay: Supporting Attachment Relationships 315
Susan Bundy-Myrow and Phyllis B. Booth

9 Ecosystemic Play Therapy 367
Kevin J. O’Connor

10 Prescriptive Play Therapy 451
Eliana Gil and Jennifer A. Shaw

Author Index 489

Subject Index 497