Therapeutic deep play has the capacity for children to express deep emotions, overcome seemingly insurmountable issues and resolve serious problems. Working with children in this profound way, therapists are able to not only eliminate symptoms, but to change the very structure of how children live with themselves, their defense and belief systems.
The contributors to this book all work deeply, allowing children to take risks in a safe environment, and become fully absorbed in physical play. Chapters include play with deep sandboxes, clay, water, and various objects, and look at a range of pertinent case studies to demonstrate the therapeutic techniques in practice, alongside the theoretical concepts in which they are grounded. A new theoretical approach is established that takes from psychoanalysis as well as neuroscience and behaviourism, and offers a depth psychology approach in the treatment of children.
This will be a valuable resource for anyone working therapeutically with children through play, including play therapists, psychotherapists, psychologists, arts therapists, counsellors, social workers and family therapists.
|Publisher:||Kingsley, Jessica Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Shaun McNiff PhD, ATR is the Provost and Dean of Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. An internationally-renowned figure in the creative arts therapies, he has written many critically-acclaimed books including Art as Medicine: Creating a Therapy of the Imagination,Educating the Creative Arts Therapist and Depth Psychology of Art. Dr McNiff has been honoured on many occasions for his pioneering contributions to the creative arts therapy field, and he is the 1997 recipient of the America Art Therapy Association's Honorary Life Member Award.
Table of Contents
Foreword Shaun McNiff 9
Introduction Dennis McCarthy 15
Chapter 1 A Deep Story of Deep Play: How the Play, Trance and Seance of the Senoi Temiar People Can Help us Understand Greater Playfulness Dr. Sue Jennings 23
Chapter 2 Journeying Within: Using Tunnel and Cave Imagery to Access the Inner Imaginative World Timothy Rodier 37
Chapter 3 The Keys to the World: Revolution and Epiphany in Deep Sand Julie Lyon Rose 53
Chapter 4 Behold the Treasure and the Swamp! Digging, Delving, Poking, Pounding, and Getting to the Bottom of Things Michelle Rhodes 59
Chapter 5 Subcutaneous, Subcortical, Subconscious and Subterranean: The Most Toxic Boy in the World's Search for Mum Tim Woodhouse 81
Chapter 6 Out of the Box and Into the Wild Therese Bimka 99
Chapter 7 Deep Sand: Body-centered, Imaginative Play Dennis McCarthy 121
Chapter 8 Emergence: A Tale of Two Boys Neal Brodsky 143
Chapter 9 Musings about Improving and Deepening Connections in Families Alan Spivack 165
Chapter 10 A Case for In-depth, Long-term Therapy Rob Greene 173
Epilogue Dennis McCarthy 181
Subject Index 187
Author Index 190