ERIC Number: ED059511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Play Therapy: Client-Centered Counseling for Elementary School Children.
The value and importance of creative activities and play opportunities in play therapy is reviewed and discussed. Play therapy is considered to be part of the non-directive client-centered approach to counseling developed by Carl Rogers. The importance of giving the child the opportunity to play out his feelings and explore his thoughts and experiences is stressed. The counselors role in this situation is defined as being an indirect participant, providing recognition and reflection of the child's feelings. Two types of playrooms and their suggested contents are presented. A way of integrating this method into an elementary public school through a program of workshop training classroom teachers in techniques of play therapy is proposed. The method is adaptable to the classroom through creative activities, and the recognition of the feelings of the child by the therapist-teacher in a manner by which the child can gain insight into his behavior is discussed. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo.