Defying Opposition: Unveiling the Potential of Child-Centered Play Therapy for ODD

Jul 14, 2023

Listener Cheryl emailed me with the following question: “How does a child with Oppositional Defiance Disorder heal through CCPT? I have one child I’m seeing that seems to have these symptoms and so I have recently started CCPT with him and it seems he is expressing more anger in his play each time (battles with ninja guys). Very tentative at first and now he can use the word dead.”

In this episode, I discuss the following topics related to child-centered play therapy and how children diagnosed with ODD heal:

– Self-control and self-regulation
– The “power shift” that takes place during play sessions
– Internal locus of control
– The four universal outcomes of play therapy

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  • Cochran, N., Nordling, W., & Cochran, J. (2010). Child-Centered Play Therapy (1st ed.). Wiley.
  • VanFleet, R., Sywulak, A. E., & Sniscak, C. C. (2010). Child-centered play therapy. Guilford Press.
  • Landreth, G. L. (2002). Play therapy: The art of the relationship (2nd ed.). Brunner-Routledge.
  • Bratton, S. C., Landreth, G. L., Kellam, T., & Blackard, S. R. (2006). Child parent relationship therapy (CPRT) treatment manual: A 10-session filial therapy model for training parents. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Benedict, Helen. Themes in Play Therapy. Used with permission to Heartland Play Therapy Institute.
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