ERIC Number: ED420020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Child-Centered Play Therapy: Working with At-Risk Youth in the Elementary School Setting.
Post, Phyllis; Stopanio, Joe; Fielden, Ashley
This paper details a project in which a counselor educator and 12 counseling graduate students, trained in child-centered play therapy, worked in an inner city school with 4th-6th grade students during the 1996-1997 academic year. The play therapy training undergone by the graduate students and the facility used for the therapy sessions are described. The paper presents issues in establishing the program. The following conclusions were drawn from the year-long experience: (1) working with at-risk children has the obvious advantage of access to the children, because they are in school for many days making it possible for counselors to reach children who would not attend counseling outside school; (2) play did seem to be an effective approach with these older at-risk children; (3) most of the children demonstrated interest in exploring a variety of the toys; and (4) child-centered play therapy was well accepted by these students. Communication with administrators, teachers and parents to help them understand more about play therapy and its value is essential; privacy is critical; and because the word "play" created difficulties, using the words "counseling" or "developmental counseling" may make the sessions seem more important to others. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North Carolina Univ., Charlotte.
Authoring Institution: N/A