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Play Therapy With Children and Adolescents in Crisis - 4rd Ed.


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Nancy Boyd Webb, Editor

This widely used practitioner resource and course text, now significantly revised, is considered the most comprehensive guide to working with children who have experienced major losses, family upheavals, violence in the school or community, and other traumatic events. Leading experts present a range of play and creative arts therapy techniques in chapters organized around in-depth case examples. Informed by the latest knowledge on crisis intervention and trauma, the fourth edition encompasses work with adolescents as well as younger children. Each chapter concludes with instructive questions for study or reflection.

New to This Edition

  • Expanded age range: now includes expressive therapy approaches for adolescents.
  • More attention to traumatic stress reactions and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); several chapters address complex trauma.
  • Extensively revised with the latest theory, practices, and research; many new authors.
  • Additional topics: parental substance abuse, group work with adolescents, chronic medical conditions, animal-assisted play therapy and courtroom testimony, and more.

Hardcover, 440 pages.


“This book is highly recommended for any counselor who works with children, not just those who specialize in crisis intervention. It gives detailed information on therapy interventions and provides many resources for further exploration.”

Family Journal (on the third edition)

“This is an extraordinary addition to the clinical literature. The scope, breadth, and depth of the book speak volumes about the clinical expertise of the author, who is an undisputed expert in the field of play therapy....*****!”

Doody's Review Service (on the third edition)

“As crisis and trauma increasingly intrude into the lives of children and teens, Webb and her talented team of front-line clinicians once again help us to understand these kids' needs and the value of intervention using a wide range of play and expressive media. The volume captures the ever-evolving nature of trauma, its effects on our most vulnerable populations, and, most important, how clinicians across disciplines can be of help.”

—Lawrence C. Rubin, PhD, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S, Department of Social Sciences and Counseling, Biscayne College, St. Thomas University

“This book does an eloquent job of combining both the child and adolescent foci of the trauma experience into a digestible text and guide for practitioners. It offers a variety of effective therapeutic interventions in a format suitable for new and seasoned clinicians alike. This is a useful text for a class focusing on child or youth trauma in social work, psychology, or counseling.”

—Julie Anne Laser, MSW, LCSW, PhD, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver

“Rarely is such an informative book so delightful to read. Clinicians at any level of professional development will appreciate the scope and depth of this updated, timely, trauma-focused book. Readers will finish this volume with an enormous advantage in understanding not only how crises affect youth, but also how to work effectively to promote adaptive coping, positive change, and growth.”

—Janine Shelby, PhD, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

“I teach first-year medical students in a course entitled Doctoring 1, which addresses how to create a clinical alliance under a variety of patient circumstances and conditions. Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents in Crisis, Fourth Edition, is one of the reference tools that I use to familiarize my students with the challenge of assisting vulnerable children and teenagers who may have chaotic life circumstances. This resource helps the students build empathy and understanding, and fine-tune their approach to these patients.”

—Esther Hess, PhD, Executive Director, Center for the Developing Mind, Los Angeles; Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine

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