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Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy

An Ethical and Clinical Guide


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Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy explores the professional and legal boundaries around physical contact in therapy and offers best-practice guidelines from a variety of perspectives. Chapters address issues around appropriate and sensitive therapist-initiated touch, therapeutic approaches that use touch as an intervention in child treatment, and both positive and challenging forms of touch that are initiated by children. In these pages, professionals and students alike will find valuable information on ways to address potential ethical dilemmas, including defining boundaries, working with parents and guardians, documentation, consent forms, cultural considerations, countertransference, and much more.

Foreword Preface Acknowledgements About the Editors About the Contributors Part I: OVERVIEW & THE ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF TOUCH 1. Overview of Touch Related to Professional Ethical and Clinical Practice with Children Janet A. Courtney 2. Ethical and Risk-management Issues in the Use of Touch Frederic G. Reamer 3. The Neurobiology of Touch: Developmental Play Therapy with a Child Diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder Lynn Stammers 4. FirstPlay® Infant Massage Storytelling: Facilitating Corrective Touch Experiences With a Teenage Mother and Her Abused Infant Janet A. Courtney, Mayleen Velasquez, and Viktoria Bakai Toth 5. Use of Touch in Theraplay® with ADHD Children in a School Setting Angela F.Y. Siu 6. Touching Autism through DIR®/Floortime™ Eva Nowakowski-Sims and Audrey Gregan Part III: HEALING CHILDREN TRAUMATIZED BY TOUCH 7. Healing Touch: Working with Children Impacted by Abuse and Neglect JOANNE WHELLEY, ANDREA RAASCH, & SHAKTI SUTRIASA 8. Hands are Not for Hitting: Redefining Touch for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence RACHEL SCHARLEPP & MELISSA RADEY 9. Ethical Use of Touch and Nurturing-Restraint in Play Therapy with Aggressive Young Children, as Illustrated Through a Reflective Supervision Session ROXANNE GROBBEL, KRISTINA COOKE, & NORMA BONET 10. Healing Adolescent Trauma: Incorporating Ethical Touch in a Movement and Dance Therapy Group CAROL GOLLY, DANIELA RICCELLI, & MARK SMITH 11.The Emotion of Touch: Healing Reactive Attachment Disorder Through Child Centered Play Therapy JENN PEREIRA & SONDRA SMITH-ADCOCK Part IV: INNOVATIONS & THE UTILIZATION OF TOUCH WITH CHILDREN 12. The Role of Touch in Infant Mental Health: Strengthening the Parent-Infant Bond through Child Parent Psychotherapy MAITE SCHENKER, VERONICA CASTRO, & MONTSERRAT CASADO-KEHOE 13. The Utilization of Touch and StoryPlay® in Preschool Bereavement Groups Amy Davis King and Danielle Woods 14. The Ethics of Touch with Canines as Co-Therapist with Children BONNIE MARTIN & JANUS MONCUR 15. Teaching Positive Touch: A Child-to-Child Massage Model for the Classroom DAVID PALMER & JEAN BARLOW Part V: TOWARD THE DEVELOPMENT OF CORE COMPETENCIES SUPPORTING THE ETHICS OF TOUCH IN CHILD COUNSELING AND PLAY THERAPY 16. Core Competencies and Recommendations Supporting the Ethics of Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy SUSAN W. GRAY, JANET A. COURTNEY, & ROBERT D. NOLAN