Healing Child and Family Trauma through Expressive and Play Therapies: Art, Nature, Storytelling, Body & Mindfulness (Hardcover)
Healing assessments and interventions from disparate areas of knowledge such as art, nature, and storytelling.
There are many ways to help children and families heal from trauma. Leaning on our ancestral wisdom of healing through play, art, nature, storytelling, body, touch, imagination, and mindfulness practice, Janet A. Courtney helps the clinician bring a variety of practices into the therapy room.
This book identifies seven stages of therapy that provide a framework for working with client’s emotional, cognitive, somatic, and sensory experiences to heal from trauma. Through composite case illustrations, practitioners will learn how to safely mitigate a range of trauma content, including complicated grief, natural disaster, children in foster care, aggression, toxic divorce, traumatized infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome, and young mothers recovering from opioid addiction.
Practice exercises interspersed throughout guide practitioners to personally engage in the creative expressive and play therapy techniques presented in each chapter, augmenting professional self- awareness and skill- building competencies.
— Eliana Gil, PhD, RPT-S, ATR, Senior Clinical and Research Consultant, Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education, LLC, Fairfax, VA
Rich in theory, techniques, case examples, and research findings, this volume is an excellent resource for both beginning and experienced therapists for expanding their skills in working with infants, children, adolescents, and families. Highly recommended.
— Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S, co-founder and Director Emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy
Organized around the humanistic perspective, Healing Child and Family Trauma Through Expressive and Play Therapies begins with a discussion of the theoretical landscape to set the stage for reviewing clinical applications of expressive arts and play therapies to assess and heal child and family trauma. Each chapter engages readers by incorporating numerous activities and case examples. This book is a must-read for novice and experienced practitioners working with the traumatized child and their family.
— Susan W. Gray, MBA, PhD, Ed.D., LCSW, University Distinguished Professor of Social Work Emerita- Barry University, author and recipient of the NASW Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Courtney's experience and passion for the field are ever present through each thoughtfully expressed assessment and intervention for the children and families. She shares interventions, providing valuable tools for play therapists, including the use of [nature, mindfulness, journal, dreams, movement, dance, and more]…The case examples allow the reader to feel the positive power of Dr. Courtney's work within the family system. Dr. Courtney's skill, wisdom, and passion are felt in this book. Play therapists will benefit from the impact information in this book when working with children and families.
— PlayTherapy Magazine