Sandplay: A Source Book for Play Therapists

Sandplay: A Source Book for Play Therapists

Product Number : 100971600

  • Practical resource and guide for the clinician who is interested in working with children
  • Comprehensive dictionary of symbolism in a play therapy context
  • Both the novice and experienced clinician can easily find information

A practical resource and guide for the clinician who is interested in working with children.

Book Description

A watershed treatise, Sandplay: A Sourcebook for Play Therapists contains a comprehensive dictionary of symbolism in a play therapy context; keys to symbolic play; how aggression is neutralized; how to interrupt posttraumatic play; how to dialogue non-verbally with a child; how you can know when a complex has been resolved; the power of sand as a medium; the importance of spiritual images in play therapy; resources for shopping for sandplay items-trays, toys, other objects, and more..


Like the body, the psyche is designed to be self-healing given the right environment and therapeutic relationship. Its contents can be restructured. This book shows you how this happens.


If a clinician wanted to better understand a child's use of a snake in sand tray therapy, or his use of the color green in art therapy work, how many resources are there? After asking the child (often non-productive verbally), where does one go? To date there has been no single text that aids in understanding the symbolism that children use in play therapy. Dr. Susan Perkins McNally has written such a source book. The richness, complexity, and exceptionally visual and tactile properties of sandplay therapy are presented in a variety of ways.


Dr. McNally's discussion of symbolism and examples is both extraordinarily rich and unique in the literature. Sandplay is practical in that both the novice and experienced clinician can easily find information by using Sandplay's The Dictionary of Play Imagery, or by utilizing the extensive Subject Index which includes such unusual images as drowning, burial, quicksand and avalanche. The text is interwoven with ample references to crucial clinical findings.






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