Q&A: How Do You Do Child-Centered Play Therapy With Older Kids (11-14 Year Olds)

Feb 24, 2023

In this episode I respond to a listener, Rachel, who asked “I would be interested to learn more about child-centered play therapy with older kids (like 11-14). You’ve mentioned before at your facility that you do kind of a ‘modified’ version for older kids and I would love to learn more!

Here are the three main points of my response to Rachel:

– We use the same skills
– Activities vs toys
– Dedicated area

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References:

  • 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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