Abused and traumatized children have special therapeutic needs. This book focuses on the impact of trauma and how to help children achieve a positive resolution. Issues such as facilitating and intervening in post-traumatic play are highlighted along with clinical examples of treatment planning and technique selection. Case vignettes of child victims of physical and sexual abuse and neglect demonstrate the use of nondirective and directive play therapy.
With its valuable insights and practical guidance, this book is an essential resource for all mental health professionals who work with abused children, as well as for those who work with adult survivors of abuse. Other professionals who come into contact with abused children such as protective service workers, medical professionals, clergy, teachers, and day-care professionals will find much of interest.
"Eliana Gil occupies an unparalleled position among professionals in the child abuse field. No one has worked longer, more faithfully, and more responsibly with such a diverse array of abusive interactions." --Roland C. Summit, M.D. "After reading The Healing Power of Play, child therapists from every professional background will feel better equipped to confront the enormous challenge of treating the abused child....Dr. Gil's readable guide should inspire the field and thereby benefit all of our patients." --Spencer Eth, MD "It really gives the tools needed to conduct good play therapy with abused children....It is meant to focus on the treatment of abused children. The author has done that beautifully by giving clinical examples....The examples she has chosen are important, as most clinicians working with abused children will encounter these clinical scenarios sooner or later....This book should be read by almost everybody who is treating abused children....It is easy to read and is written in very simple flowing language." --"Canadian Child Psychiatry Review"
"The case illustrations are well worth reading. Health care professionals, teachers, beginning child protective services workers and other professionals working with children and their families would be introduced to to the emotional, psychological, and behavioral consequences of child maltreatment and the individual play therapy process. With increased awareness of the 'healing power of play, ' appropriate referral to play therapists and knowledgeable participation on interdisciplinary and interagency teams would be enhanced." --"Social Work in Health Care"
"This book has utility for professionals of all disciplines who encounter children who have been hurt by others." --"Families in Society"
"Both the novice child therapist and experienced clinician will learn abundantly from Dr. Gil's instruction about effective intervention with even the most severely neglected and abused children." --"Treating Abuse Today"