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Play Therapy – respecting the spirit of the child

Mountain, Vivienne (2016) Play Therapy – respecting the spirit of the child. International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 21 (3-4). pp. 191-200. ISSN 1364-436X

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Play Therapy is an appropriate form of counselling for children; it is based in a therapeutic relationship where communication is developmentally appropriate and easily expressed. Using a variety of methods from non-directional to co-operative play, the therapist acts to affirm, articulate and co-regulate emotional expressions and joins the child in finding meaning, and understanding of the environment. Play Therapy is presented in this paper as an expression of spiritual connection. The relationship of mutual respect and positive expectation between therapist and child allows new understanding to emerge. The interaction between these two areas of knowledge, Play Therapy and children’s spirituality is examined through case study notes and experience of Play Therapy as an early intervention response to children at a time of community disaster. The author is a Clinical Play Therapist as well as a lecturer in children’s spirituality, so this work emphasises the importance of the spiritual nature of the child and the use of a spiritual connection with the therapist for children recovering from psychological distress.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Spirituality, Play Therapy, children, counselling, healing
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
College/Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2017 01:34
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 02:42
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2349

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