- Hardcover: 360 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (September 9, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393708632
- ISBN-13: 978-0393708639
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy: Theory and Practice 1st Edition
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“Through a creative blending of mindfulness and play-family therapy, Dottie Higgins-Klein demonstrates, in detail, how to work through trauma by combining deep individual play therapy with steady parental involvement―an often challenging task for therapists. This book provides practical answers and innovative techniques to help therapists work with children and their parents.”
- Rie Rogers Mitchell, PhD, President, International Society for Sandplay Therapy; co-author of Sandplay: Past, Present and Future
“Therapists will benefit from this book’s creative and comprehensive integration of play therapy, child development, mindfulness, and contextual family theory. Dottie Higgins-Klein provides a candid overview of the therapeutic characteristics of Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy, segueing into the nuances of treating children with both commonly occurring as well as traumatic experiences. A unique contribution to the literature, this book explores the applications of mindfulness through symbolic play and sandtray therapy. A case study concludes the book, beautifully illustrating MBPFT’s practical considerations and theoretical concepts.”
- B. Janet Hibbs, PhD, author of Try to See It My Way: Being Fair in Love and Marriage
About the Author
Dottie Higgins-Klein is Clinical and Administrative Director of The Family and Play Therapy Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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During the fifteen years that I have taken classes and participated in group supervision with Dottie at her center, I have heard other therapists describe the effective application of Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy (MBPFT) in a variety of settings. Two things have struck me strongly. One is how the components of MBPFT constellate in ways that encourage therapists to return again and again to the wisdom of the model as complex questions arise in their practices. The other is how beautifully the mindful awareness at the heart of the model provides a nourishing environment for therapists who themselves are working so hard to create relational havens for children and families.
In my own practice in inner-city transitional housing, I found the MBPFT model to be enormously helpful in working with families with trauma and attachment vulnerabilities deriving from intergenerational abuse, neglect, and extreme poverty. It was heartwarming to witness interns and clinical supervisees in that challenging setting gain sustenance and groundedness from this model. More recently, I have relied on the MBPFT model in my practice with children adopted from other countries.
In the past several years, MBPFT classes and supervision have become more and more widely available through the ILOC live-web system. It seems fitting that a model so masterful at integrating theories and practices is bringing together clinicians from diverse areas of practice in many parts of the world. The publication of Dottie's book will make it possible for many more clinicians to learn and apply this model.
From the beginning of this book, we clearly see Dottie's passion for establishing a healing space characterized by mindful awareness as well as right-brained consciousness and relational attunement. She describes this as the "Zen of Play Therapy."
"The best responses of the therapist are those that support the child in staying as completely in the present moment as possible. When the distractions of the reality-based thinking mind are no longer present, the child is able to stay in a prolonged healing state. During this stillness, she can reach a level of consciousness parallel to the deepened awareness that occurs during mindfulness meditation. After she has experienced this stage in multiple play sessions, reworking some of life's hurts through her play, the therapist and the parents will see a happier child."
Mindfulness is the heart of this book, a touchstone for every aspect of its theory.
The first chapter presents the basics of Margaret Mahler's early child development theory as well as relevant teachings of Allan Schore, Henri Parens, and Daniel Stern. This chapter provides a secure base from which to approach many of the aspects of the MBPFT model which are presented and brought to life in the chapters which follow.
Chapter Two describes the nine identifying characteristics of Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy, several of which make tangible the bridging of the traditions of play therapy and family therapy which characterizes this model. The ways in which this bridging can be accomplished, explained in a concrete way in the chapters which follow, establish a healthy middle ground between the polarization of these traditions and the blurring of their necessary boundaries. The reader is guided through a four-session evaluation process which consists of meetings with the parents, the full-family, the child for an introductory play therapy session, and again with the parents for a family history session. Guidelines are given for adapting both the evaluation process and therapy sessions to a variety of settings and child/family needs.
The chapters which follow explain: the stages of MBPFT as the child descends to the place of deep healing; the use of the language and metaphors of play therapy as ways of communicating with and understanding the child as he reveals his inner world in symbols; the use of family therapy in MBPFT, especially the trust-based principles of Contextual Family Therapy but also including Structural Family Therapy perspectives; parent education and mindful parenting. Chapter Eight describes the unfolding of MBPFT in terms of Mahler's developmental stages and explains the integration of MBPFT with attachment theory. (I am imagining that at this point in the reader's experience there will be multiple "aha" moments.)
In the final chapter, Dottie provides an unusually thorough, in-depth, and moving study of the use of MBPFT with a highly-anxious six-year-old boy who has been having nightmares and frightening hallucinations related to heart surgery he experienced in infancy. His family has been living with the burdens of unacknowledged multigenerational losses as well as the loss of an infant to SIDS. As we progress through the stages of therapy with this family, we get to witness the healing power of Mindfulness-Based Play-and-Family Therapy. We see it in the playroom sessions with the six-year-old as he confronts his terrors in active play with Dottie and in deep sand tray work. We see the healing that takes place for the parents and an older sibling as the therapeutic work expands to include them.
Throughout this chapter, Dottie provides comments which link what we are seeing in the playroom and during family and parenting times with what we have been absorbing from the preceding chapters. She makes specific recommendations which are made especially clear by what is occurring in particular sessions. She also frequently offers glimpses into her clinical thinking as it informs what she does or does not say or do. For example, she recommends that we not question a child about what seems illogical in his pretend play, explaining that "a child's play themes don't have to make logical sense to us.....[asking] would bring the child to his explicit, left-brain thinking mind and pull him away from the imaginative, more implicit state of mind, where there is more access to healing trauma."
The story of the healing which took place for this boy and for his family ends with Dottie's observation that "the family knows that life will continue to have its challenges," an observation that reflects an equanimity rooted in the years the author has dedicated to mindfulness practiced in the midst of the joys and anguishes of a life fully lived.
--- Mary Suzanne Ryan, MSS, LCSW