Jason Aronson, Inc.
Trim: 6½ x 9¼
978-0-7657-0187-9 • Hardback • November 1999 • $150.00 • (£115.00)
Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D., a nationally renowned child psychologist, is Professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Director of its Center for Psychological Services in Hackensack, New Jersey. He is co-founder and Director Emeritus of the International Association for Play Therapy. He has authored or edited more than forty books on parenting, child psychology, and play therapy, including The Therapeutic Powers of Play, Family Play Therapy, and The Playing Cure. Dr. Schaefer maintains a private practice with children and families in Hackensack.
Dr. Schaefer has extended high highly acclaimed prescriptive approach in child therapy to the efficacious use of short-term group therapy with children. The volume contains a wealth of information and is an immensely useful resource in planning brief therapy groups. Specific group interventions with a wide range of childhood disorders are covered by a knowledgeable array of contributors. This outstanding book addresses the ever timely and pertinent issue of brief treatment and helps fill a critical gap in the formal training of many child therapists. It provides a clear guide to short-term group therapy with children.
— David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP, clinical director, Astor Home for Children, Rhinebeck, New York
This book is an invaluable resource for professionals who do group work with children or are considering adding it to their therapeutic repertoire. The time-limited treatment cogently demonstrates how short-term groups are a powerfully effective intervention in their own right as they promote more effective self-experience, improve social skills, and increase the self-esteem of their members. As a clinician who has been leading children's group for over fifteen years in private practice, I found Dr. Schaefer's book to be a stimulating, provocative, and exceedingly useful tool. I recommend it without reservation.
— Robert H. Milich, Ph.D., independent practice, Croton-on-Hudson, New York
This instructive volume fills an important niche within the growing literature on child and adolescent group psychotherapy by expanding the application of structured group therapy modalities to a wide range of clinical problems and settings. The highly satisfying array of informative chapters outlines specific group interventions on a session-by-session basis. The book offers a range of theoretical orientations including an admirable integration of traditional psychodynamic group psychotherapy with the more structured group formats. Practitioners with experience in traditional long-term group psychotherapy will find this a valuable resource for utilizing brief and structured group techniques. Those who have not worked with children in groups will find it a useful introduction to the range of structured group methods and areas of application. This volume will stimulate interest in obtaining further training in the field of child and adolescent group therapy.
— James Caron, Ed.D., past chair, Children's Group Therapy Association