Play Therapy in Asia

Play Therapy in Asia

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This edited volume seeks to highlight the development of play therapy in various countries and cities in Asia. The editors discuss how mostly Western play therapy approaches are adapted for use in Asian countries. Having existed for years in the West, play therapy is still in its early stage of development in most Asian countries including Mainland China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. This is the first play therapy book written by experts from specific Asian cultures for practitioners and students who are working in the mental health field for Asian groups. Each chapter first describes play therapy development in that particular culture and then uses a case study to illustrate how play therapy can be adapted to suit specific cultural beliefs and environments in order to connect parents with their children or to address clients' needs. This text will be welcomed by professors, clinicians, and parents of all cultures East and West.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • English
  • 9882370160
  • 9789882370166
  • 808,595

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"This ground-breaking volume is a must-read for therapists seeking to adapt western play therapy models and practices to Asian cultures." - Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA

"A fascinating presentation of the practice of play therapy in nine different countries/cities in Asia, demonstrating how cultural values can influence play therapy, and how play therapy can help children who are having problems and their families. The various chapter authors clearly demonstrate how play therapy can be adapted to conform to the cultural values and expectations about the roles of children and families in different countries. The book will be a valuable resource both for play therapists and educators based in Asia as well as for Westerners who are working with children and families of Eastern heritage." - Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, LICSW, RPT-S, University Distinguished Professor of Social Work Emerita, Fordham University, USA

"This book is an eye-opener to the growing power of play therapy in Asia. Faced with the challenge of bringing western practices of play therapy to countries with many different child rearing practices and cultural norms, the authors, all experienced professionals, have adapted western play therapy practices to meet the needs of the families they serve. The case studies in each chapter beautifully illustrate the creative adaptations that they have made. The book is a reminder that we all must be sensitive to cultural differences as we work with families who have come from all over the world to our own western societies." - Phyllis B. Booth, MA, RPT-S, Clinical Director Emeritus of The Theraplay Institute, USA

"This book is a wonderful and comprehensive resource to learn about the current status of play therapy affairs in Asia. The experiences of these countries will inspire readers, as play therapy development is spreading from a seed to blossoming in various regions. This is a precious historical remark in play therapy literature!" - Shu-Chen Kao, PhD, Founder of the Association for Taiwan Play Therapy

"A first in Asia and must-read for all play therapy practitioners! Play Therapy in Asia brings to the foreground of the therapy scene in Asia, the innovation, passion, and grit of forerunners in the play therapy arena. The authors give words to the unspoken struggles and dilemmas children face, flesh out the process of transformation and give voice to the courage of young ones whose innermost nature is to move from failure to self-efficacy, frustration to mastery and brokenness to wholeness." - Elaine Chua, MSW, Founder of Good Pathways Private Ltd (Singapore)
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About Angela F. y. Siu

Angela F. Y. Siu is a registered clinical psychologist and has credentials in play therapy. She is also a certified Theraplay (R) Therapist/Trainer, as well as a certified Filial Therapy Instructor. She specializes in strengthening family relationships through play, and conducts play therapy trainings and supervision for various international professional associations. Angela graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), with a major in Psychology. She completed postgraduate training in the Institute of Child Study at the University of Toronto, Canada with a specialization in child assessment and counseling. She further received professional training in clinical psychology. She served in various education, social service and clinical settings in Canada and in Hong Kong before she joined CUHK as a faculty staff. She is now Associate Professor at the Department of Educational Psychology, CUHK. One of her research interests is in child assessment and counseling, particularly in using play as an approach for children with special needs and their families. She has served as a consultant for non-government organizations and schools in providing intervention programs for students with various abilities and needs. She has also published book chapters and research studies, and has presented in Asian and international conferences in play therapy.

Alicia K. L. Pon has been a child psychotherapist and social worker since 1996. Her training is in general psychology, child and adolescent mental health, play therapy, sandplay therapy, Somatic Experiencing (R), grief counseling and social work. Alicia's experiences and specializations include divorce and separation, grief and loss, complex trauma, adoption and attachment, developmental stresses, and parent-child relationship. At present, Alicia is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Social Work, National University of Singapore. Prior to this, Alicia has been a staff of and served as an Honorary Assistant Professor with the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Shue Yan University for six years. She continues to lecture and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students in the areas of counseling and psychotherapy, grief and loss, child and adolescent mental health, play therapy and social work. In addition, Dr. Pon has been highly involved in the research and training on Somatic Work, play therapy, complex trauma, and end of life.
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