September Play Therapy Wrap-Up

Autumn is upon us and the kids are back in school. Here’s a look at what September had to offer by way of Play Therapy news and info:

-Change is an inevitability. It’s something we have to learn to adjust to throughout our lives and it’s not always easy–especially for children. The Odessa American had a nice article for parents and practitioners on how to help kids cope with change and learn from new experiences. (The Gary Landreth quote at the beginning of the article comes from Landreth’s excellent book Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship, the third edition of which is now available at

-Anyone in the Big Apple looking for a good intro to Sandplay workshop? The C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology is offering several training opportunities throughout October. Native New Yorkers should also check out these other training opportunities being offered by NYAPT outside of the city., a Disney-owned site for parents, featured this very encouraging play therapy success story. After losing three children in early infancy, the author began taking her four-year-old daughter to play therapy sessions to cope and found it extremely helpful. It’s a heartbreaking story, but truly helpful for anyone considering play therapy for their child, particularly to deal with trauma or grief.   

-Let’s roll! A Louisiana bowling alley offers “Play Therapy” packages for team-building purposes among groups.

-The New England Association for Play Therapy has their own version of the Play Therapy wrap-up. This media library contains some really great instances of play therapy in the media and tons of resources. Don’t miss the 2009 radio feature on Play, Spirit, and Character.

-Can Sandtray therapy be used to help with addiction and recovery? This article argues that it does.

This brief article summarizes a talk given by Alexa Russell in South Africa. It’s more or less a description of how play therapy works, but it’s well articulated (and I like the “robot” technique). Here’s another concise summation of PT from a news outlet in India. I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for better ways to explain the process.

-There is perhaps no other country that values and embraces play therapy intervention more than Australia. The first sentence of this article really impressed me. 

-In this video, Lisa Dion, the founder and director of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado, discusses the philosophy behind “Synergetic Play Therapy”, a very interesting intervention model she has created.

-Based on the title and the abstract, this seems like a very interesting read. Has anybody had a chance to check it out?

-We’re all familiar with the old adage about sticks and stones, but a recent study suggests that words can in fact be as harmful to teens and adolescents as physical abuse.

-For all you special ed professionals out there: Do you have any questions about 504 or IDEA? Wrights Law is indispensable!

-The apple doesn’t fall far from the analyst tree. Here’s a very interesting article on Sigmund Freud’s daughter Anna and the lasting impact her work has had on child psychoanalysis.

-Speaking of essential resources, this DSM-5 guide should answer all your questions about the new edition.

-I was very excited to come across this article about Dottie Higgins-Klein, author of the excellent Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy: Theory and Practice.

-Just arrived for the Fall at, these tough, bendy action figures are perfect for the playroom. And don’t forget to pick up some Emotes dolls, which I’ve found to be great tools for bringing out emotions in a child.

Have a happy October!

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