Child-Centered Play Therapy Research: The Evidence Base for Effective Practice
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The first book of its kind to provide exhaustive, in-depth coverage of play therapy research

Child-Centered Play Therapy Research: The Evidence Base for Effective Practice offers mental health professionals, school district administrators, community agency administrators, judges, lawyers, child protection caseworkers, and medical professionals a comprehensive discussion of play therapy research studies. Guidance is provided on evidence-based methods, as well as on how¿future play therapy research should be conducted.

Edited by renowned experts in the field of play therapy, this rich compilation features contributions by child-centered play therapy researchers, with relevant discussion of:

  • The history of play therapy research

  • A synopsis of current empirical support

  • Play therapy research on chronically ill children, child witnesses of domestic violence, and victims of natural disasters, among many other topics

With coverage of important practice guidelines, Child-Centered Play Therapy Research identifies the most prominent and current play therapy research studies, as well as research directions for clinicians to design evidence-based research studies of their own.


Jennifer N. Baggerly, PhD, LMHC-S, RPT-S, is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education Program at the University of South Florida. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Supervisor and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She serves on the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Board of Directors and is former research chair of APT.

Dee C. Ray, PhD, LPC, RPT-S, is Associate Professor of Counseling and Higher Education and Director of the Child and Family Resource Clinic at the University of North Texas in Denton. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor.

Sue C. Bratton, PhD, LPC, RPT-S, is the Director of the Center for Play Therapy, Associate Professor of Counselor Education, and the former clinical director of the Counseling Department at the University of North Texas in Denton. She is a past president of the Association for Play Therapy and has served on the APT Board of Directors for six years.


Foreword xi
Garry L. Landreth

Preface xiii

About the Editors xix

Contributors xxi


1 What the Research Shows About Play Therapy: Twenty-First Century Update 3
Dee C. Ray and Sue C. Bratton


2 Increased Self-Efficacy: One Reason for Play Therapy Success 37
Marijane Fall

3 The Efficacy of Intensive Individual Child-Centered Play Therapy for Chronically Ill Children 51
Elizabeth Murphy Jones and Kara Carnes-Holt

4 Intensive Sibling Group Play Therapy with Child Witnesses of Domestic Violence 69
Ashley Tyndall-Lind

5 Effects of Postearthquake Group Play Therapy with Chinese Children 85
Yih-Jiun Shen

6 Play Therapy Effect on Relationship Stress 105
Dee C. Ray and Natalya A. Edwards

7 Impact of School-Based Child-Centered Play Therapy on Academic Achievement, Self-Concept, and Teacher-Child Relationships 125
Pedro J. Blanco

8 Play Therapy with Children Exhibiting ADHD 145
Dee C. Ray

9 A School-Based Group Activity Therapy Intervention with Learning-Disabled Preadolescents Exhibiting Behavior Problems 163
Jill Packman and Ireon Lebeauf

10 School-Based Child-Centered Play Therapy with Hispanic Children 177
Yvonne Garza

11 Effectiveness of Child-Centered Play Therapy for Children Referred for Aggression 193
Brandy Schumann

12 Effectiveness of Child-Centered Play Therapy and Person-Centered Teacher Consultation on ADHD: A Single-Case Study Design 209
April Schottelkorb

13 Child-Centered Play Therapy and Child Development: A Single-Case Analysis 231
April Garofano-Brown

14 Children's Perceptions of Play Therapy 249
Eric J. Green


15 Child Parent Relationship Therapy: A Review of Controlled-Outcome Research 267
Sue C. Bratton, Garry L. Landreth, and Yung-Wei Dennis Lin

16 Filial Therapy with Parents of Chronically Ill Children 295
Kristi Tew

17 Filial Therapy with Native Americans on the Flathead Reservation 311
Geri Glover

18 Filial Therapy with Chinese Parents 323
Tom Yuen

19 Child Parent Relationship Therapy with African American Parents 339
Angela I. Sheely-Moore

20 Child Parent Relationship Therapy with Hispanic Parents 355
Peggy Ceballos

21 High School Students as Therapeutic Agents with Young Children 373
Leslie Jones

22 Filial Therapy with Teachers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Preschool Children 389
D. Michael Smith

23 Child-Centered Kinder Training for Teachers of Preschool Children Deemed at Risk 409
Phyllis Post

24 An Early Mental Health Intervention for Disadvantaged Preschool Children 427
Mary O. Morrison and Wendy P. Helker

25 A Qualitative Study of Parents’ Perceptions of Filial Therapy in a Public School 447
Yuehong Chen Foley


26 Evidence-Based Standards and Tips for Play Therapy Researchers 467
Jennifer N. Baggerly

Author Index 481

Subject Index 495