The Healing Power of Play

Author(s) : Eliana Gil

The Healing Power of Play

Book Details

  • Publisher : Guilford Press
  • Published : 1991
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 210
  • Category :
    Child and Adolescent Studies
  • Catalogue No : 4519
  • ISBN 13 : 9780898624670
  • ISBN 10 : 0898624673
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Abused and traumatized children have special therapeutic needs. This book focuses on the impact of trauma and how to help children achieve a positive resolution. Issues such as facilitating and intervening in post-traumatic play are highlighted along with clinical examples of treatment planning and technique selection. Case vignettes of child victims of physical and sexual abuse and neglect demonstrate the use of nondirective and directive play therapy. With its valuable insights and practical guidance, this book is an essential resource for all mental health professionals who work with abused children, as well as for those who work with adult survivors of abuse. Other professionals who come into contact with abused children such as protective service workers, medical professionals, clergy, teachers, and day-care professionals will find much of interest.

About the Author(s)

Eliana Gil, PhD, is senior partner in a private group practice, the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education in Fairfax, Virginia, which provides therapy, consulting, and training services. She is also Director of Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy in northern Virginia. Dr. Gil has worked in the field of child abuse prevention and treatment for over 40 years. A licensed marriage, family, and child counselor; approved marriage and family therapy supervisor; registered play therapist; and registered play therapy supervisor, Dr. Gil 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, which honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of The Healing Power of Play: Working with Abused Children; Treating Abused Adolescents; Helping Abused and Traumatized Children: Integrating Directive and Nondirective Approaches, and other acclaimed books and video programs on child abuse and related topics.

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