October Play Therapy Wrap-Up

-The New York Times published this article at the end of September, but you’ll forgive me for posting it here. It’s a must-read for therapists of all stripes.

-I came across this class description for “Theorizing Play” at the Brooklyn Institute of Social Research and found myself missing my days as a student. I would love to take this class, which considers the perspectives of a number of different disciplines to try to develop a better theoretical understanding of what play is.

-This new counseling practice in Auburn, New York–like many others these days–is going beyond the mainstream treatment options and offers play therapy as well as various holistic approaches to wellness.

-This is a great news story about two boys who were born prematurely and were kept alive for the first three months of their life by the efforts of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Missouri. Thirteen years later when the twins were planning the community service portion of their B’nai Mitzvah, they decided to help create a new play therapy room for the hospital. Read the whole thing here.

-I’ve come across this article before, but it’s worth sharing again: Fifteen Effective Play Therapy Techniques. (This and many other quality research papers can be found here.)

-An article I found last month argued that sandtray therapy can help adults struggling with addiction. I’d be very interested to read this study which appears to suggest the same thing.

-A brief synopsis of a recent workshop hosted by Gary Landreth titled “Healing the Hurting Child: The Necessary Dimensions of Child Play Therapy”.

-Given the many forms of adversity faced by many African American and Mexican American children in our society, a close look at the results of specific interventions is essential. These two articles seem quite fascinating based on the introductions provided.

-For those of you who didn’t attend the big APT conference this month in Rancho Mirage, CA, the APT awarded a lifetime achievement award to Texas State University professor Linda Homeyer. Congrats, Linda!

-Parent-Child Interaction Therapy gives parents a chance to connect with their child and also teaches them how to more effectively discipline their children. This article takes a thorough look at how PCIT works. For more articles on PCIT, go here.

-Here’s a peek at what the University of North Texas Play Therapy conference is offering this year.

-Boise State also has an interesting conference coming up. Here’s a look at what you can expect.

-As a no-spanking advocate, I really enjoyed this list.

-It’s never too early to stock up for Halloween! I suspect there are some kids our there that will get a lot of use out of these guys year-round.

-There’s a new therapeutic game for addressing stress and anxiety available at ChildTherapyToys.com–The Stress Quest!– We’ve added dozens of new games in the past few months. Stress Quest fills a gap as one of the few games available for therapists working with children who have significant stress and anxiety.

-Want to win some free products from ChildTherapyToys? Visit and like the APT’s facebook page to find out how!

I hope everyone has a wonderful November and a happy Thanksgiving. And don’t forget to contribute to the Meebie kickstarter campaign!

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