Play Therapy

A Non-Directive Approach for Children and Adolescents


  • Kate Wilson, BA(Oxon), DipSWK(Sussex), Professor of Social Work, Centre for Social Work, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Virginia Ryan, BA(summa cum laude), PhD, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Director MA/Diploma in Non-directive Play Therapy, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York, UK

This highly readable book provides a comprehensive theoretical and practical guide to non-directive play therapy, which is an effective and ethically sound method of helping troubled children and adolescents with their emotional difficulties. It draws extensively on case material to guide practitioners through the intricacies of establishing and practising this therapeutic approach.
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All trainee and experienced professionals who work directly with emotionally damaged children, young people and their families, whether they are play therapists, social workers, child psychotherapists, child psychologists or other health professionals.


Book information

  • Published: November 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-2771-0

Table of Contents

Child Therapy and Non-directive Play Therapy. Symbolic Play: Its Role in Mental Development and Play Therapy. The Process of Play Therapy. Assessment and Planning for Play Therapy. Emotional/Social Development and Play Therapy . Practice Skills and Issues. Working with Children in Statutory Settings . References