Play Therapy in the Outdoors : Taking Play Therapy out of the Playroom and into Natural Environments Paperback / softback
by Alison Chown
Championing the therapeutic power of nature, this book explores why outdoor play therapy offers children more than being confined to a playroom and how practice can be moved into the natural environment in a safe and ethical way. By using outdoor environments, the traditional dyadic relationship between the therapist and the child becomes a triadic one in which the therapeutic process is enhanced and the environment for the play therapy is shared and therefore more 'democratic'.
The child can develop a lifelong therapeutic attachment to the 'nature mother' which supports the development of the body self and a growing recognition of our interdependence with nature.
The author explores how this is achievable in practice and the benefits to children with a wide range of needs including profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), complex social, emotional and behavioural problems (SEBD) and attachment issues.
Synthesising traditions of using outdoor spaces in a therapeutic context with approaches from educational perspectives, this book offers a theoretically-sound and practical framework for taking play therapy into natural environments.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 208 pages, 14 figures
- Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- Publication Date: 21/06/2014
- Category: Child & developmental psychology
- ISBN: 9781849054089
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