Profiles of Play: Assessing and Observing Structure and Process in Play Therapy

Profiles of Play: Assessing and Observing Structure and Process in Play Therapy


By (author) Saralea Chazan


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  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 180mm x 13mm | 336g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843107031
  • ISBN 13: 9781843107033
  • Illustrations note: references, index
  • Sales rank: 316,447

Product description

Written by a child psychologist, this practical text provides a template for interpreting change and meaning in children's lives through their play activity. It shows how each child's pattern of play has a distinct profile of measurable features. These can be identified - and can be used to assess the child's development. The processes of change that a child goes through and the different kinds of play profiles are illustrated with examples from real life. The volume should be a useful resource for professionals who work with children and are looking to support their development through a deeper understanding of their inner experiences, including family therapists, educational psychologists, special needs teachers, play therapists and child care social workers.

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Author information

Saralea Chazan is in private practice in New York City and assistant professor of psychology and psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical Center. She has published widely in the field of play therapy.

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction. Observing Play Activity. 1. Structural Analysis of Play Activity. 2. The Adaptive Player. 3. The Conflicted Player. 4. The Rigid/Polarized Player. 5. The Extremely Anxious/Isolated Player. 6. Play Activity, the Player, and Development of the Self. References. Index.