Counseling and Psychological Services Department
Instructor:††††† Jodi Mullen, Ph.D. LMHC NCC RPT-S
Office Hours: By appointment only
The Introduction to Play Therapy course is expected to familiarize the student with the play therapy approach to counseling children. The approach includes understanding various models of play therapy, using the skills of reflective listening, limit setting, structuring of sessions and identifying themes in children's play. Students will also gain experience in case consultation and clinical supervision. It is intended that the student will have exposure to and/or involvement in the following areas of learning:†††††††††††††
A. Models of play therapy;
B. The child-centered philosophy of play therapy;
C. Limit setting and structuring in sessions, using reflective responses;
D. Themes in children's play;
E. Child-centered interviews;
F. Play therapy sessions, both mock and real;
G. Group supervision of play therapy sessions; and
H. Clinical supervision of play therapy sessions.††
Lecture, large group discussion, role playing, large group supervision, out of class assignments, video demonstrations, participation in play therapy session laboratory.
B. Students are required to submit 3 reaction papers to assigned readings.
Submit a two page, double spaced, type written paper discussing your reaction to Play Therapy by Virginia Axline. (20%)
Submit a two page, double spaced, type written paper discussing your reaction to Dibs: In Search of Self by Virginia Axline. (20%)
Submit a two page, double spaced, type written paper discussing your reaction to an article from a professional journal on the topic of play therapy. (20%)
Axline, V.M. (1947). Play Therapy. NY:Ballantine Books,
Axline, V.M. (1969). Dibs: In Search of Self. NY:Ballantine Books.
Mullen, J. A. (2007). Play therapy basic training: A guide to living and learning
††††††††††† the Child-centered Play therapy
Tentative Course Schedule
Introduction, Overview, Different models of PT, Introduction to child-centered philosophy, 8 Basic Principles
Read Play Therapy
Reflective responses limit setting, structuring the session, toys, themes, symbolic meanings
Begin reading Basic Training
Stages, termination, setting up a session, cross-cultural play therapy, mock sessions
Reaction paper Play Therapy due
Mock sessions, group supervision
Student video sessions, group supervision
Student videos due
Reaction paper Dibs Due
Student video session, peer††† supervision, certification, further training
Reaction paper selected†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† article due
Reaction Log Due
Axline, V. M. (1949). Play therapy experiences as described by child participants. Journal of Consulting Psychology, 14, 53-63.
V. M. (1947). Play Therapy.
M. A. (1996). The healing path with
children: An exploration for parents and professionals.
Campbell, C. A. (1993). Play, the fabric of elementary school counseling programs. Elementary School Guidance & Counseling, 28 (1), 10-16.
Carmichael, K. D. (1994). Sand play as elementary school strategy. Elementary School Guidance & Counseling, 28 (4), 302-307.
Cerio, J.D. (1994). Play therapy: A brief primer for school counselors. Journal for the Professional Counselor, 9 (2), 73-80.
Duff, S. E. (1996). A study of the effects of group family play on family relations. International Journal of Play Therapy, 5(2), 81-93.
E. H. (1963). Childhood and Society. (2nd. ed.).
Fall, M. (1994). Physical and emotional expression: A combination approach for working with children in the small areas of a school counselorís office. School Counselor, 42, 73-77.
A. (1922-1935). Introduction to
psychoanalysis: Lectures for child analysts and teachers (Vol.1).
E. (1991). The healing powers of play:
working with abused children.
E. (1994). Play in family therapy.
Ginott, H. G. (1959). The theory and practice of "Therapeutic Intervention" in child treatment. Journal of Consulting Psychology, 23, 160-166.
Glover, G. J. (1994). The hero child in the alcoholic home: Recommendations for counselors. School Counselor, 41, 185-190.
Klein, M. (1934). The psychoanalytic play technique. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 25, 223-237.
T. (1995). Partners in play: An Adlerian
approach to play therapy.
G. L. (1991). Play therapy: The art of
Landreth, G. & Wright, C. S. (1997). Limit setting practices of play therapists in training and experienced play therapists. International Journal of Play Therapy, 6, 41-62.
McCalla, C.L. (1994). A comparison of three play therapy theories: psychoanalytical, Jungian, and client-centered. International Journal of Play Therapy, 3(1), 1-10.
Mann, D. (1996). Serious play. Teacherís College Record, 97(3), 446-449.
Matorin, A. I., & McNamara, J. R. (1996). Using board games in therapy with children. International Journal of Play Therapy, 5(2), 3-16.
C. E. (1953). Children in play therapy: A
key to understanding normal and disturbed emotions.
J. A. (2007) Play therapy basic training:
A guide to learning and living the Child-centered play therapy philosophy.
M.A., & Annunziata, J. (1996). A
childís first book about play therapy.
V. (1988). Windows to our children. (4th ed.).
G. L. (1997). Strategies for counseling
with children and their parents.
Phillips, E., & Mullen, J. (1999). Client-centered play therapy techniques for elementary school counselors: Building the supportive relationship. Journal of the Professional Counselor, 14, 25-36.
J. L., Johnson, J.E. & Hooper, F. H. (Eds.) (1994). Childrenís play in diverse cultures.
D.G. (1993). Playing for their lives:
Healing troubled children through play therapy.
Tanner, Z., & Mathis, R. D. (1995). A child-centered typology for training novice play therapists, International Journal of Play Therapy, 4(2), 1-13.
Van de Putte, S. J. (1995). A paradigm for working with child abuse survivors of sexual abuse who exhibit sexualized behaviors during play therapy. International Journal of Play Therapy, 4(1), 27-49.
N. B. (Ed.) (1991). Play therapy with
children in crisis: A case book for practitioners.
Webb, W. (1992). Empowering at-risk children. Elementary School Guidance and Counseling, 27, 96-103.