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Play Timeline: A Short History of Play Therapy. 1903- 1998. James W. Drisko, Smith College School for Social Work.

Play Therapy and Social Work

Play Therapy. Nancy Boyd Webb. Encyclopedia of Social Work. 2013

Social Workers' Role in the Delivery of Play Therapy to Children. Sara Weil. Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers. Paper 102. 2012. "The purpose of this project was to explore the role that social workers play in the delivery of play therapy services to children. This study used a quantitative design to survey 51 licensed social workers on their use of and perceptions of the effectiveness of play therapy."

Play Therapy

Play Therapy is defined by the Association for Play Therapy as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained Play Therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."

Evidence-Based Practice Statement

Evidence-Based Practice Statement: Play Therapy. Association for Play Therapy
Summarizes and reviews play therapy research published from 2000-2016. "To date, there are 4 peer-reviewed published meta-analyses on outcome effect of play therapy interventions; one meta-analysis includes a systematic review."

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