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Play Therapy Dimensions Model

Play Therapy Dimensions Model

A Decision-Making Guide for Integrative Play Therapists

Lorri Yasenik and Ken Gardner

Quick Overview

With a wealth of practical advice, this book with accompanying online content provides a unique play therapy model to encourage therapists to be engaged and flexible during sessions and tailor their approach to the needs of the child. Through written and visual case studies, it explains how the model can be used to optimize play therapy treatment.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 9.80in x 7.40in / 249mm x 188mm, 256pp
ISBN: 9781785929908

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2012, PDF, 256pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-579-0
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With a wealth of practical and effective tools, this book provides a unique model that is fully illustrated by instructional online downloadable content. The model allows therapists to tailor their approach to the specific needs of the child. Practitioners are encouraged to be engaged and flexible during sessions, adapting their levels of directiveness and consciousness according to the child's responses. Through detailed written and visual case studies, the authors clearly explain the model, how to use it and the positive therapeutic effects it can have on the child. The book also provides additional support to play therapy practitioners and play therapy supervisors with the inclusion of useful forms that aid therapy planning, conceptualization and evaluation.

This extensive and accessible handbook is an incomparable resource for beginning and seasoned play therapists, play therapy supervisors and instructors. It will also be of interest to child and educational psychologists and health professionals.


'Similar to the Medicine Wheel's four aspects of human nature (mental, emotional, physical and spiritual), the circular diagram of Lorri and Ken's model is divided into four quadrants: Active Utilization, Open Discussion and Exploration, Non-intrusive Responding and Co-facilitation. Of particular importance to me, is the inclusive philosophy that all approaches to play therapy can be conceptualized within the four quadrants. With this essential philosophy threaded throughout the book and online content, it is clear that the Play Therapy Dimensions Model is designed so therapists can open doors between the quadrants thereby accessing multiple ways of interacting with children in any given session.'
- from the Foreword by Joyce C. Mills, author and Director of the StoryPlay Center and Co-director of the Phoenix Institute of Ericksonian Therapy

'Play Therapists have finally obtained a model of conceptualizing treatment and supervision that allows for a creative and flexible approach to be integrative in meeting the needs of their clients. So reader, be prepared for the "Play Therapy Dimensions Model" to become a much-used tool in your treatment and supervision. Sit back and enjoy!'
- from the Foreword by Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S, Director of Clinical Training and APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship, Astor Services for Children and Families, Middletown, NY

'Play Therapy Dimensions Model is the most brilliant contribution to the play therapy literature published in the last 10 years. Read this book if you want to (a) learn about play therapy, (b) deepen your understanding about how and why play therapy works, and/or (c) become more intentional and efficacious in your therapeutic work with children.'
- Terry Kottman, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and Director, The Encouragement Zone, Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA

'[this book] provide[s] both novice and seasoned clinicians with a[n]...invaluable framework, and excellent resources, to conceptualize the multi-dimensional practice of play therapy and inform decision-making...All play therapy training courses should include this book on their required reading lists.'
- Eileen Prendiville, CEO and Course Director of the Master of Arts in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, Children's Therapy Centre, Ireland

'I am fascinated by the clinical basis and multi-dimensional framework that the Play Therapy Dimensions Model provided me as a play therapy practitioner, particularly the understanding of the child's uniqueness, as well as the dynamics of psychic movement during the play session. Furthermore, I acquired a profound and flexible view of the therapist's role and accompanying skills for tuning in to and addressing the child's unmet needs. Through the case discussions, I have come to realize the importance of underlying change mechanisms in the process of play therapy, and the utility of the Play Therapy Dimensions Model tracking tools and forms for assessment purposes.'
- Dr Amjed Abojedi, Psychology Department, Al-Ahilyya Ammann University, Amman, Jordan

'Lorri and Ken's Play Therapy Dimension Model fills a gap in the literature for clinicians who work from an integrative approach to play therapy. They provide a systematic and process-oriented framework for tailoring treatment approach to clients' needs and to aid therapists in identifying and assessing therapeutic movement within and across sessions.'
- Sue C. Bratton, Professor and Director, Center for Play Therapy, University of North Texas



This is one downloadable PDF, including the following appendices from the book:

Appendix A: Child and Therapist Moderating Factors Scale
Appendix B: Degree of Immersion: Therapist Use of Self Scale
Appendix C: Tracking and Observation Form
Appendix D: Playtime Exercise

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