The Healing Power of Play: Working with Abused Children
This book describes how therapists can both facilitate constructive play therapy and intervene in post-traumatic play to help children who have been traumatized by abuse or neglect achieve a positive resolution. Traditional techniques of play therapy are reviewed for their application to this population. Throughout, numerous therapeutic aids are described to enhance the child's capacity to communicate verbally or symbolically. To help clinicians translate theory into daily practice, the book presents six detailed clinical vignettes that offer step-by-step guidelines for assessment and intervention in different situations of abuse or neglect.
"Eliana Gil occupies an unparalleled position among professionals in the child abuse field. No one has worked longer, more faithfully, and more responsibly with such a diverse array of abusive interactions." --Roland C. Summit, M.D.
"After reading The Healing Power of Play, child therapists from every professional background will feel better equipped to confront the enormous challenge of treating the abused child....Dr. Gil's readable guide should inspire the field and thereby benefit all of our patients." --Spencer Eth, MD
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.
Paperback, 210 pages.