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ERIC Number: ED266346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Family Play Therapy.
Ariel, Shlomo
This paper examines a case study of family play therapy in Israel. The unique contributions of play therapy are evaluated including the therapy's accessibility to young children, its richness and flexibility, its exposure of covert patterns, its wealth of therapeutic means, and its therapeutic economy. The systematization of the therapy attempts to show what the formal and functional properties of make-believe play are, how they can be used in the family play-therapeutic process, and how they can be mobilized to bring about desired change. Properties of make-believe play are: (1) emotionally regulated choice of themes; (2) associative fields and symbolization; (3) differentiation of thematic content from communicative functions; and (4) realification, identification, and playfulness. Principles of realification, identification, and playfulness can have manifold uses in family play therapy in the areas of materialization, owning and alienation, separation of levels, and arbitrariness of signifier. The paper also raises the question of how a therapist can influence the participants in family play therapy to act in ways that let the above-mentioned properties be activated without making participants feel constrained, unnatural or ridiculous. (ABB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel