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ERIC Number: EJ837612
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1540-1383
Reasons for School Counselors' Use or Nonuse of Play Therapy: An Exploratory Study
Shen, Yih-Jiun
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, v3 n1 p30-43 May 2008
The reasons for elementary and secondary school counselors' use or nonuse of play therapy were surveyed with 239 Texas public school counselors. Play therapy users applied the approach because of intervention advantages, counselor's philosophy, counselor's rewarding counseling outcomes, convincing empirical data, and the support of clients' significant others including teachers and parents. Nonusers avoided the approach due to lack of training and confidence, as well as time and budget constraints. Particularly, the secondary school counselors as nonusers denied the stereotypes related to adolescents' view of play and developmental features as contributing reasons. Results suggested the need for quality play therapy training programs and better allocation of school counselors' time and budget. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas