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Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship [Kindle Edition]

Garry L. Landreth
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Print ISBN-10: 1583913270
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-1583913277
  • Edition: 2


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Play Therapy, Second Edition, is a thorough update to the 1991 first edition best-selling book, the most widely used text for play therapy courses.

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'Dr. Garry Landreth has made yet another significant contribution to the field of play therapy with the revised and expanded second edition of his landmark, award-winning text, Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship. This book is rare in its scope, including a historical, theoretical, and practical-how to approach to play therapy; in addition to providing invaluable insights into the child's world and the therapeutic power of play within the context of the child-therapist relationship. This is the essential text for an introductory play therapy course and a must read for all child therapists.' - Sue C. Bratton, Ph.D., University of North Texas, President, Association for Play Therapy 2001-2002

'The first edition was a classic and this second edition builds upon that groundbreaking work with the addition of chapters dealing with intensive and short-term play and an expansion of Filial Therapy. A major strength of the text is the inclusion of current play therapy research, much of which comes from the work of Landreth and his students. There is no other text in print that is as comprehensive.this text will continue to set the standard for training and practice.' - Joanna F. White, Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, Georgia State University, President-elect, Association for Play Therapy

Product Details

  • File Size: 2987 KB
  • Print Length: 427 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (February 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QM9VH6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a necessary addition to any therapists library, especially those who are just beginning or are interested in knowing the foundations for therapy with children. Clearly written and well organized, it is easy to read and an invaluable reference. Highly recommended for beginning play therapists
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but requires a huge buy-in on theory August 9, 2008
I took a course from Dr. Landreth in the 1980s, and while I respect his perspective on child-centered play therapy, it seems a bit rigid and dogmatic. This book describes his theoretical perspective on working with children -- ONE perspective, which is helpful in many cases, but definitely not for everyone. In working with a diverse group of families and children, I've found the perspectives and techniques outlined in this book to have limited applicability. Landreth would say that's the therapist's fault -- not doing the approach "right." But I think it helps to look at the ideas in this book as ONE approach of many, and to work from the approach that fits you and your families best.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE Book for aspiring play therapists! July 19, 2005
I was required to read the book for a class I was completing on Play therapy. It was a very easy read, well organized with a good mixture of research and anecdotal information. What makes the book a truly outstanding resource is Dr. Landreth's very candid insight into the practice of play therapy as well as his willingness to share with the reader his very sincere love and respect for children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Much like any other piece of literature the Landreth text tends to hold a bias. Although it adequately accounts for the basic assumptions of other approaches to play therapy this particular text tends to err on the side of the Client-Centered approach. So, if you're not keen on Axline and, to a lesser extend, Rogers, this text may not be for you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful and well written May 13, 2007
This book is a must have for any therapist working with children. It brings you into the world of the child and the means of his/her expression.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landreth June 7, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
One of the best books for play therapy on the market ... if you are working with kids in play therapy ... this book is a must for your library!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship April 11, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent primary text or personal reference for gaining a thorough and balanced overview of play therapy. It not only covers the theory behind play therapy but also contains the practical nuts and bolts of how to do play therapy and what items are helpful in doing play therapy. I use this as the primary text in a course I teach called Counseling the Distressed Child. I highly recommend this book if you were to only get one book on play therapy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The art of the relationship by Garry Landreth May 20, 2008
This text book is one of the best tools to help one learn the skill of play therapy. It is an easy read and not jumbled by words one can not comprehend. It explains in detail the do's and don'ts of how one interacts with a child through play and it defines the importance of play for a child. And it helps parents to build a relationship with their child through the process of play. I recommend this to anyone that is taking the position as parent, counselor, therapist, and teacher.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The connection
Poetically uses letters to capture the heart and soul of the relationship between a child and his her therapist !
Published 1 month ago by Lori Levi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
This book is a great resource to have as a play therapist. I appreciate the insight and cases described. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Myrsane
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but did not meet expectations
I had high hopes for this book as I'd heard it was a "must have" for any play therapist or therapist working with children. Read more
Published 20 months ago by bunchki
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute best book on children's therapy
Landreth's book on play therapy gives an inspirational framework on what is important for working with children. It is better than any other play therapy book and is inclusive. Read more
Published on July 23, 2011 by Colleen M. Ciavola
5.0 out of 5 stars Play Therapy The Art of Relationship
I received my book in nice shape and the timing was good as well. I would order other books in the future if needed.
Published on February 8, 2010 by Deanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I needed this book for class. It is very informative and answers many questions about the field of Play Therapy. Read more
Published on October 2, 2008 by D. Kocian
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This textbook gives an excellent overview of client-centered play therapy as well as detailed instructions on how to engage in play therapy, set up a play room, work with families... Read more
Published on September 7, 2008 by Carolyn C. Hacker
5.0 out of 5 stars Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship
I received the product in a timely manner and in very good condition. Thank you!!!
Published on August 27, 2008 by Kathy Hardie-williams
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