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Implementing Play Therapy with Groups


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Table of Contents

Introduction and Foundation of Group Play Therapy; Part I: Group Play Therapy Practice Models 1. Constructing Together: Therapeutic Applications of LEGO® Serious Play® 2. Humanistic Sandtray with Preadolescent Groups 3. The Caped Crusaders: Using Superheroes in a Play Therapy Group for Adolescents 4. AutPlay® Therapy Play Groups for High Needs Autistic Children 5. Digital Group Play Therapy; 6. Camp Nurture: An Immersion in Key Components of TraumaPlay® 7. Our Village Play Therapy Groups: An Integrative Design for Both In-Person and Telehealth Settings Part II: Clinical Settings 8. Group Play Therapy in Schools 9. Group Play in Hospitals: Child Life Playrooms 10. Group Play Therapy in Therapeutic Residential Care 11. Group Play Therapy in Outpatient Settings Part III: Special Populations 12. Group Play Therapy with Military Connected Children and Families 13. Early Play-Based Interventions for Children Following Disastrous Events: From Principles to Practice 14. Play Therapy Groups with Children of Divorce: A Jungian Approach 15. Play Therapy Group Work with Sexually Abused Children 16. Play Based Group Retreat for Adoptive Families 17. Play Therapy Groups with Neurodiverse Children 18. Play Therapy Group Supervision; Conclusion

About the Author

Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S, is an international speaker, author, and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Clair is the author of the bestselling book Attachment Centered Play Therapy. She is the director of Child & Adolescent Services at Wasatch Family Therapy in Utah.

Jessica Stone, PhD, is an international speaker, clinical supervisor, and registered play therapist. She is the co-creator of The Virtual Sandtray®© and the developer of Digital Play Therapy.TM

Robert Jason Grant, EdD, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Advanced Certified Autism Specialist, and is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for Play Therapy and is an accomplished author, advocate, and trainer.


"Most people love the feelings of belonging and acceptance that come with being a member of a group. What a better approach to help people of all ages make connections with others and learn more about themselves in the process! This timely book emphasizes the importance of group play therapy and the power of working together. The various authors present a wide variety of experiential group activities that serve a multitude of populations. You’re sure to find activities to enhance your practice and learn more about Group Play Therapy!"
Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S, owner K.I.D.Z. Inc. "Wow! This book you have in your hands covers so much information about group play therapy. The book provides information about the basics of group play therapy: who, why, where, and how, along with an overview of important ethical considerations. AND there’s more…the editors have gathered well-grounded authors who have demonstrated expertise in a plethora of approaches to group play therapy, and these authors have written fascinating chapters about a variety of applications of group play therapy, across a rich collection of settings and populations. If you want to work with clients using the modality of group play therapy, you need this book."
Terry Kottman, PhD, RPT-S, LMHC, founder and director, League of Extraordinary Adlerian Play Therapists

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