Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Play therapy; the troubled child's self-encounter

Hyde ND. (1971). Play therapy; the troubled child's self-encounter. The American Journal of Nursing. 71 (7), 1366-70.

A general overview with anecdotal examples of non-directive play therapy from a psychiatric nurse. The article quotes largely and effectively from the major players (Axline, Moustakas, etc.). There is not much here that you can't get from the primary texts themselves, but it is not bad either. It outlines the theoretical framework of non-direction, permissiveness, and attentiveness on the part of the therapist. It also acknowledges the projection, darkness, and struggle for integration evident in children's play.

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