Cultural Issues in Play Therapy

Cultural Issues in Play Therapy

Product Number : 3701600

Helping therapists hone their skills for working with diverse children and families, this unique volume looks at play therapy through a multicultural lens. Experienced practitioners examine how cultural factors may influence the ways children express themselves through play, the feelings they associate with different activities, and the responses of children and parents to particular interventions. Filled with evocative clinical material, chapters highlight specific issues to consider when working with African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian American children. The book also provides suggestions for setting up a therapeutic playroom that is engaging and welcoming to all.


'An important and timely resource for all therapists who work with young children, regardless of disciplinary background or theoretical orientation.' - Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, Department of Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA

'Packed with useful information The book admirably succeeds in translating knowledge about different cultures into clear and sensitive practice principles.' - Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, BCD, RPT-S, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, USA

Paperback, 216 pages


I. Background and General Considerations

1. From Sensitivity to Competence in Working across Cultures, Eliana Gil

2. Play in Selected Cultures: Diversity and Universality, Athena A. Drewes

3. Suggestions and Research on Multicultural Play Therapy, Athena A. Drewes

4. The Impact of Culture on Art Therapy with Children, Cathy A. Malchiodi

II. Play Therapy with Major Cultural Groups

5. Play Therapy in the African American "Village," Sonia Hinds

6. Therapeutic Play with Hispanic Clients,

Silvina Hopkins, Virginia Huici,

and Diana Bermudez

7. Musings on Working with Native American Children in Play Therapy, Geri Glover

8. Play Therapy with Asian Children,

Shu-Chen Kao

Appendix. Multicultural Play Therapy Resources, Athena A. Drewes

About the Author

Eliana Gil, PhD, is Director of Clinical Services for Childhelp, Inc., and works at the Childhelp Childrens Center in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Gil is a well-known lecturer, author, and clinician who has worked in child abuse prevention and treatment for over three decades. A registered play therapy supervisor, registered art therapist, and a licensed marriage, family, and child counselor, she has served on the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the National Resource Center on Child Sexual Abuse, and is a former President of the Association for Play Therapy. She is the author of acclaimed books and video programs on child abuse, play therapy, and related topics. Bilingual and bicultural, Dr. Gil is originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S, is a licensed psychologist and registered play therapist and supervisor. She is director of Clinical Training and the APA Psychology Doctoral Internship and gives direct service to foster care children and families at the Astor Home for Children in Poughkeepsie, New York. Dr. Drewes has been a play therapist for over 25 years, working with children and adolescents across all types of mental health and school-based settings. She is on the Board of Directors of the Association for Play Therapy, founder and past president of the New York Association for Play Therapy, and Adjunct Professor of Play Therapy at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. Dr. Drewes has written numerous articles on play therapy and is coeditor of a book on school-based play therapy.

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