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The Healing Power of Play: Working with Abused Children 1st Edition

4.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0898624670
ISBN-10: 0898624673
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"Eliana Gil occupies an unparalleled position among professionals in the child abuse field. No one has worked longer, more faithfully, and more responsibly with such a diverse array of abusive interactions." --Roland C. Summit, M.D.

"After reading The Healing Power of Play, child therapists from every professional background will feel better equipped to confront the enormous challenge of treating the abused child....Dr. Gil's readable guide should inspire the field and thereby benefit all of our patients." --Spencer Eth, MD


"Both the novice child therapist and experienced clinician will learn abundantly from Dr. Gil's instruction about effective intervention with even the most severely neglected and abused children."
(Treating Abuse Today 1991-03-18)

About the Author

Eliana Gil, PhD, is founding partner in a private group practice, the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education, in Fairfax, Virginia. She is also Director of Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy. Dr. Gil has worked in the field of child abuse prevention and treatment since 1973. A licensed marriage, family, and child counselor; an approved marriage and family therapy supervisor; a registered art therapist; and a registered play therapy supervisor, she is a former President of the Association for Play Therapy, which honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of The Healing Power of Play, Helping Abused and Traumatized Children, and Play in Family Therapy, Second Edition, among many other publications. Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Dr. Gil is bilingual and bicultural.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (March 16, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898624673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898624670
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a treasure for the beginning play therapist, as well as the experienced clinician working with issues of abuse. A work sprinkled with fascinating case examples and intriguing stories, this book is truly a must have for therapists
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By DP on April 13, 2001
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This is a must-have modern classic for the library of anyone working professionally with abused children. I would also recommend this book for the insight it provides to anyone adopting a child who may have gone through trauma or abuse. Clearly written, backed up with thorough research and guided by sensitive clinical skills, Eliana Gil's work is a primer on helping children work through trauma using their main mode of expression, play. If I could recommend only one book for training young professsionals embarking on the challenging and rewarding journey of helping kids who have been abused, this would be it.
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This is a must read if you are working with children. The author is one whom I consider the best in the field. It clearly defines all the basic principles of working with abused children and helps the new practitioner become familiar with the appropriate jargon in the field of play therapy. This is the "bible" of child therapy in my opinion and is priceless.
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By A Customer on March 5, 2004
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I am a victim of sexual abuse. I have read books like NIGHTMARES ECHO,BEAUTY FOR ASHES and COURAGE TO HEAL to find help in my adult life to get over what happened to me as a child. Abuse doesn't just go away and the demons do haunt. When I found out about this book, I bought it as soon as I could.
I am very pleased there is a book like this available for the children now...rather than later down the road when the impact of abuse has taken its hold on them.
I do recommend that all Parents,Teachers etc. buy this book as well as the other two I had mentioned. Though NIGHTMARES ECHO and BEAUTY FOR ASHES are more adult oriented, I think that the parent,teacher,spuse etc can learn from these books and then help the child to over come the abuse with THE HEALING POWER OF PLAY.
I think this book was written well, and written for the regular reader to understand with out all of the large words that can confuse.
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Bought this for a course in my MSW program. I enjoyed the class and we really used the book from front to back. This book has a lot of usuful information if you are looking to start running groups or working with clients in your practicum. I plan on keeping this text and not selling it back because of all the information that you can gain from this book. Im glad that I took the course because of this book!.
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It got here in 2 days, just as I needed it to. This book has been impossible to grt through my caampus bookstore and I really needed it for coursework. The book itself is full of wonderful ideas for working with children who have survived abuse.
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Eliana Gil has done it again! Her expert work with children is all there in THE HEALING POWER OF PLAY. Her humble, informative style is like an internship with an expert. What a blessing she is to the field of trauma and healing!
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Great book for social workers such as myself. I needed this book for school. I am a student at the University of Southern Mississippi. The book arrived in a timely manner.
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