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Play Therapy with Abused Children

Second Edition
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Praise for the first edition:

'Ann Cattanach writes with enormous empathy and warmth, and with a refreshing lack of sentimentality... [This] is an unpretentious and optimistic book, and a very positive addition to recent publications.'

- British Association of Play Therapists

'I would recommend the book to anyone working in this field. This is a well presented, clear and easy-to-read book, providing a balanced mixture of factual information and case material.'

- British Journal of Occupational Therapy

'What impressed me so much about this work was Cattanach's knowledge of children and their inherent strengths as well as their vulnerabilities. This practical and easy to apply book is recommended for anyone who works with abused children and would like further insight as well as practical and informative advice on healing the traumatized child.'

- Trauma and Loss: Research and Interventions

'Her accounts of the way in which play is used to make sense of traumatic experiences are full of insight and often moving. All aspects of the work are covered. This is an exceptional volume - goes far beyond a mere text book.'

- Therapy Weekly

This second edition of Ann Cattanach's highly commended book explores the use of play therapy with abused children as a way of helping them heal their distress and make sense of their experiences through expanding their own creativity in play.

The book provides practical ways of starting play therapy with abused children and explains how the child can use this process for healing. Models of intervention are described with consideration given to the particular needs of the child and the work setting of the therapist. Suggestions include short and medium term interventions, individual/group and sibling work. This edition provides new case study material, up-to-date information on relevant legislation on children's rights and welfare and recent developments in research in the field.

This book is essential reading for professionals working with abused children, as well as those interested in the use of creative therapies.
  • Published: Mar 15 2008
  • Pages: 192
  • 231 x 159mm
  • ISBN: 9781843105879
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Press Reviews

  • Debate

    Play Therapy with Abused Children is a text that presents a powerful way of working with a particular group of children. Cattanach uses the theory and practice illustrated to make the reader aware of the negative experiences that these children may bring to the therapeutic play sessions. In doing this, she prepares the reader for the reality of what practitioners encounter within the therapeutic work but also indicates the benfit that the children experience as a consequence of working in this non-directive and playful way.
  • Children & Young People Now

    Cattanach's style exudes warmth and compassion and has enabled the text to retain its human perspective. but the addition of a subject index makes it far more accessible for those new in this field. The text continues to cover a broad range of topis, from the history and cultural context of play, through to consideration of the fundamentals of play therapy before using case examples to probe different types of child harm within a clinical text. To gain an understanding of the impact of harm on a child and the use of play therapy to aid the child in seeking resolution, this book remains a key introductory text to the field.
  • Adoption Today

    This insightful book is a must read for anyone in contact with abused children, Ann Cattanach's practical approach provides a good starting point for carers, adopters, teachers and workers alike. Practising therapists will also gain greatly from the wisdom in these pages. Readers will be struck by the immense inner strength Ann has for herself, in her capacity to come so close to experiences and in understanding and supporting the children's healing. Readers will want to keep this book on their shelf to refer to many times over: Highly recommended.
  • Play for Life

    The book has become a classic in play therapy and related fields... This book is essential reading for professionals working with abused children.