ERIC Number: ED181351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Variations and Extensions of Filial Therapy.
Stollak, Gary E.
Various procedures for training parents to be play therapists for their own young children are described. In their play encounters with the child parents learn ways of being with the child that show empathy and caring as well as the way their playroom actions toward the child reflect their own conflicts as persons and spouses. This describes a case study on training a single set of parents to engage in weekly scheduled one-half hour play encounters, in a clinic playroom, with their child. During the play encounter, the parent is instructed to stay within two to three feet of the child and maintain as much eye-to-eye contact as possible, with verbalizations consistent with play therapy procedures. Results of the procedure indicate that parents can learn to: (1) alter their behavior twoard their own children; (2) be more acknowledging of the validity of their children's (and each other's) feelings, thoughts, needs and wishes; and (3) negotiate and compromise in their conflicts with their children and each other. (Author/BMW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Revision of paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979); Best copy available.