Personal Process in Child-Centred Play Therapy

Editor : David Le Vay, Editor : Elise Cuschieri

Personal Process in Child-Centred Play Therapy

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : September 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 220
  • Category :
    Expressive Arts Therapies
  • Catalogue No : 96803
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367861582
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367861

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Personal Process in Child-Centred Play Therapy provides a very specific exploration of the play therapy process from the personal perspective of the play therapist.

This volume examines the personal challenges, opportunities, losses and gains, and numerous obstacles that one has to negotiate through the course of both training to become a play therapist and working as a qualified clinician with children who have complex life difficulties. The book aims to offer a forum within which the role, function and process of the "personal" within play therapy can be explored. Bringing together a number of experienced play therapists, the book shares often deeply personal accounts of their experience of training and clinical practice. Chapters challenge the unspoken therapist taboos of shame, childhood trauma, vulnerability and grief, shining a light on the more hidden areas of therapist experience. Clinical issues around the unconscious process are also explored, but once again from the personal position of the play therapist, rather than the child.

With a unique and distinct perspective on the therapeutic process, this book is specifically intended for both trainee and experienced play therapists, but will be relevant to all psychotherapists involved in working therapeutically with children and young people.

About the Editor(s)

David Le Vay is a qualified and accredited play therapist, dramatherapist and social worker. Since qualifying as a therapist in 1992 he has worked with children who have experienced significant loss, trauma and abuse, as well as with their families and carers. David has particular experience over the last 15 years of working with a service that provides therapeutic support for children and young people with sexually harmful and problematic behaviour. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton on their MA Play Therapy Programme and an approved BAPT play therapy supervisor.

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Elise Cuschieri is a qualified teacher and BAPT registered play therapist. For the past ten years, she has worked as a play therapist in a specialist bereavement service with children and their families, pre- and post-bereavement. Elise is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton where she teaches on the M.A. Play Therapy programme. As well as lecturing, Elise supervises play therapist trainees.

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