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.
Expressive and Play Therapy Foundations
Chapter 1: Expressive Arts and Play Therapies: A Return to Roots
Chapter 2: Trauma, Neurobiology, and the Creative Healing Process
Chapter 3: The Essential Ingredients of the Healing Path
Expressive Arts and Play Therapy Clinical Applications
Chapter 4: The Art of Child Assessment and Intervention
Chapter 5: Family in Expressive Arts and Play Therapy: Overview an Assessment
Chapter 6: Deepening Family Bonds through Expressive and Play Therapy Interventions
Chapter 7: Nature as “Co-therapist” in Expressive Arts and Play Therapies
Chapter 8: Mindfulness, Journaling, Dreams, Yoga, & Labyrinth
Chapter 9: Fostering Attachment and Bonding through FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling
Chapter 10: Healing Trauma through FirstPlay Infant Story-Massage: An Embodied Infant Play Therapy Intervention