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The Handbook of Group Play Therapy


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Table of Contents

Foreword. Preface. INTRODUCTION TO GROUP PLAY THERAPY. Group Play Therapy (D. Sweeney & L. Homeyer. Play Group Therapy: A Theoretical Framework (H. Ginott). Play Group Therapy for Young Children (S. Slavson). MAJOR APPROACHES TO GROUP PLAY THERAPY. The Freedom to Be: Child-Centered Group Play Therapy (G. Landreth & D. Sweeney). Group Applications of Adlerian Play Therapy (T. Kottman). The Invisible Village: Jungian Group Play Therapy (J. Bertoia). Child, Protector, Confidant: Structured Group Ecosystemic Play Therapy (K. O'Connor). Circle Time in Developmental Play Therapy (V. Brody). Group Play Therapy From a Gestalt Therapy Perspective (V. Oaklander). GROUP PLAY THERAPY ISSUES AND TECHNIQUES. Art in Group Play Therapy (L. Chapman & V. Appleton). The Use of Structured Expressive Art Activities in Group Activity Therapy for Preadolescents (S. Bratton & K. Ferebee). Group Sandtray-Worldplay: New Dimensions in Sandplay Therapy (G. De Domenico). Relational Activity Play Therapy Groups (D. Smith & N. Smith). Group Puppetry (S. Bratton & D. Ray). Multicultural Considerations in Group Play Therapy (G. Glover). SPECIAL POPULATIONS IN GROUP PLAY THERAPY. Group Play With Sexually Abused Children (L. Homeyer). Sibling Group Play Therapy (E. Oe). Play Groups in Elementary School (J. White & M. Flynt). Group Play: Wholeness and Healing for the Hospitalized Child (L. Lingnell & L. Dunn). Group Play Therapy with Grieving Children (J. Le Vieux). Suggested Reading. Contributors. Index.

About the Author

DANIEL S. SWEENEY is assistant professor of counseling at George Fox University and the former assistant director of the Center for Play Therapy, University of North Texas. LINDA E. HOMEYER is assistant professor at Southwest Texas State University and past president of the Texas Association for Play Therapy.


"A melding of theory and practice. Presents the reader with much-needed information about issues and techniques necessary for implementing a play therapy group with specific populations of children. How, why, when, and for whom to organize play therapy groups is made crystal clear. This book is must-reading for all play therapists." (from the foreword, Garry L. Landreth, regents professor and director, Center for Play Therapy, University of North Texas) "The authors have pinpointed a dynamic and developing area of therapeutic play. . . . A very valuable resource in working with children." (Robert C. Berg, professor and assistant chair, Department of Counseling, Development, and Higher Education, University of North Texas) "An up-to-the-minute authoritative book. This book is it. Sweeney and Homeyer have provided a collection by first rate writers/practitioners of all the current major methods in use today." (Louise Guerney, professor emerita, The Pennsylvania State University) "This masterful book brings together leaders in the field of child therapy. Sweeney and Homeyer's wisdom enchants, beguiles, nourishes, teaches, and inspires." (Beverly James, author of Treating Traumatized Children and Guidelines for Treatment of Attachment-Trauma Problems in Children)

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