Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy: Theory and Practice*

Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy: Theory and Practice*

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  • Incorporating mindfulness and family therapy into play-family sessions
  • When a child is offered a space to relax the ?busy mind,? his experience is comparable to mindfulness meditation
  • Conducting play sessions in this stage allows for healing and progress
  • Not only can the symptoms of children?s pain be reduced in intensity and duration, but their self-esteem can be enhanced

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By Dottie Higgins-Klein


Incorporating mindfulness and family therapy into play-family sessions.


When a child is offered a space to relax the busy mind, his experience is comparable to mindfulness meditation. Therapists can help children remain in this calm statein the state of the present momentif they have the right tools and techniques to do so. During this stillness, a child can reach a level of consciousness that is parallel to the deepened awareness that occurs during mindfulness meditation. Conducting play sessions in this stage allows for healing and progress. Not only can the symptoms of childrens pain be reduced in intensity and duration, but their self-esteem can be enhanced.



This book presents a new and comprehensive framework for helping children through play therapy within the context of the family and incorporating ideas from the practice of mindfulness. This experience-based therapeutic model respectfully derives from the best roots of traditional family therapy and play therapy modalities. Additionally, it draws from child development theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and mindfulness. Either spontaneous play or directed play can be used according to the need.



CONTENTS

Introduction: A Word About Mindfulness and the Zen of Play Therapy

 

 


1. Early Childhood Development

 

 


The Background of Early Child Development Study

 

 


Mahler's Phases of Separation and Individuation

 

 


2. Background and Overview of Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy

 

 


Nine Characteristics of MBPFT

 

 


The MBPFT Mandala and a Word About Working Within the Broader Social System

 

 


3. Intake, Four Segment Evaluation, and Special Considerations

 

 


The Intake Procedure

 

 


Segment I: The First Parent Meeting

 

 


Segment II: The Full Family Meeting

 

 


Segment III: Introduction to Play Therapy

 

 


Sement IV: The Family History Meeting

 

 


Adapting the Four-Segment Evaluation and MBPFT to a Variety of Settings

 

 


4.The Six Stages of Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy

 

 


Stage I: Talk TimeFamily Therapy/Parent-Child Interaction

 

 


Stages II and III: Exploring the Playroom and Expectations and Setting Limits

 

 


Moving Toward Mindful Play Therapy

 

 


Stage IV: Deeper Awareness

 

 


Stage V: Integration

 

 


Stage VI: Closure of the Session

 

 


Variations in MBPFT Sessions

 

 


A Word About Mindfulness-Based Sandtray Therapy

 

 


5. The Language and Metaphors of Play Therapy

 

 


Imagination and Reality

 

 


Similarity of Fairytales and Play Therapy

 

 


Speech and Silence in Play Therapy

 

 


6. Family Therapy in Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy

 

 


Resilience in Higher-Functioning and Lower-Functioning Families

 

 


The Brain

 

 


Loss in the Family

 

 


Diversity in Families

 

 


Contextual Family Therapy: Resources in Relational Ethics

 

 


Structural Family Therapy: A Systems Approach

 

 


Twelve Core Concepts of Contextual Therapy and Their Application to MBPFT

 

 


7. Parent Education and Mindful Parenting

 

 


The Frequency and Structure of Meetings

 

 


The Agenda and Forms

 

 


Normal Child Development Issues

 

 


Awareness of Cultural Diversity

 

 


Recommending Books to Parents: Bibliotherapy

 

 


The Dialogue: Relational Dynamics

 

 


Mindful Parenting and How the Brain Works

 

 


Therapy for Parents

 

 


Family Secrets

 

 


8. Weaving It All Together: Child Development, Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy, and Parenting

 

 


Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy According to Mahler's Stages of Separation and Individuation

 

 


Integration of Attachment Theory with Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy

 

 


9. A Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy Case Study

 

 


Introduction to the Caruso-Harris Family

 

 


Four-Segment EvaluationSegment I: Therapist and Parents Meet and Oumar's Developmental History

 

 


Segment II: The First Family Meeting

 

 


Segment III: Introduction of Oumar to Play Therapy

 

 


Segment IV: Family HistoryParents Attend

 

 


Oumar's First MBPFT Session Following Evaluation

 

 


The Exploratory and Limit Setting Stages

 

 


Trauma Reality Sandtrays

 

 


The Deeper Awareness Stage

 

 


The Integration Stage

 

 


Couple Session With Sharon and Arnie

 

 


Conclusion

 

 


Appendix A: Sample Forms and Questionnaires

 


 


360 pages, 6.1 x 9.2 inches, hardcover.




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