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Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2012 Jul;17(3):354-69. doi: 10.1177/1359104511414265. Epub 2011 Oct 10.

The role of play themes in non-directive play therapy.

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Ryan Children's Services, Hull, UK.


Describing the processes underlying play therapy is important for evidence based practice in child therapy. Employing play themes to describe children's play session contents is in widespread use by practitioners, but an adequate classification of these themes for non-directive play therapy practice has not yet been established. This article sets out to fill this gap by first describing how themes can be distinguished and distilled from the contents of play therapy contents. Second, a classification of main themes and sub-themes with exemplars to illustrate these concepts which is compatible with non-directive play therapy practice is set out. Finally a pilot project with experienced play therapists to test this classification in practice is suggested, along with the research questions that will need to be investigated in the shorter and longer terms.

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