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ERIC Number: ED414551
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 8
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Empowering Parents through Filial Therapy.
Skinner, Carol L.
Filial therapy is a psychoeducational skills training approach in which parents are taught how to conduct child-centered play sessions with their own children. A summary of this technique is offered in this paper. Filial therapy, based on child-centered play therapy developed by Carl Rogers and Virginia Axline, allows children to express themselves through play and be free from judgment and criticism. However, its major purpose is to strengthen the parent-child relationship. Parents learn to understand their child's needs and establish in their home an atmosphere that is nonjudgmental. This therapy technique uses the assumption that a child's knowledge of self has been gained as a result of interactions with others and it has advantages compared to traditional child psychotherapy, such as acknowledging a parent's skill in parenting. With this technique, typically used with children aged 3 to 12 years, parents are taught to conduct play sessions with their children. Parents then learn to integrate these play sessions and parenting skills and then apply these new skills and knowledge with their children. Outcome research has proven the effectiveness of filial therapy, most notably in allowing children to verbalize their negative feelings and in helping parents develop more empathic behavior. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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