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Cultural Issues in Play Therapy


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Table of Contents

I. Background and General Considerations
1. From Sensitivity to Competence in Working across Cultures, Eliana Gil
2. Play in Selected Cultures: Diversity and Universality, Athena A. Drewes
3. Suggestions and Research on Multicultural Play Therapy, Athena A. Drewes
4. The Impact of Culture on Art Therapy with Children, Cathy A. Malchiodi
II. Play Therapy with Major Cultural Groups
5. Play Therapy in the African American ""Village,"" Sonia Hinds
6. Therapeutic Play with Hispanic Clients,
Silvina Hopkins, Virginia Huici, and Diana Bermudez
7. Musings on Working with Native American Children in Play Therapy, Geri Glover
8. Play Therapy with Asian Children, Shu-Chen Kao
Appendix. Multicultural Play Therapy Resources, Athena A. Drewes

About the Author

Eliana Gil, PhD, is founding partner of the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education, a private group practice 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. Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S, is a licensed psychologist and registered play therapist and supervisor. She is director of Clinical Training and the APA Psychology Doctoral Internship and gives direct service to foster care children and families at the Astor Home for Children in Poughkeepsie, New York. Dr. Drewes has been a play therapist for over 25 years, working with children and adolescents across all types of mental health and school-based settings. She is on the Board of Directors of the Association for Play Therapy, founder and past president of the New York Association for Play Therapy, and Adjunct Professor of Play Therapy at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. Dr. Drewes has written numerous articles on play therapy and is coeditor of a book on school-based play therapy.


'An important and timely resource for all therapists who work with young children, regardless of disciplinary background or theoretical orientation.' - "Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, Department of Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA" 'Packed with useful information... The book admirably succeeds in translating knowledge about different cultures into clear and sensitive practice principles.' - "Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, BCD, RPT-S, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, USA"

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