Practicing counselors, psychologists, social workers, and graduate students emerging into mental health professions are often faced with complex cases that do not conform neatly to theoretical textbooks. It can be difficult to overcome the communication barrier and correctly interpret the awkward or shocking things children and adolescents may say in a therapeutic setting.
Contemporary Case Studies in Clinical Mental Health for Children and Adolescents is a versatile, case-based practical treatment guide for child and adolescent therapy that provides current, real-world clinical examples, undergirded by a theoretical approach. This resource provides both a succinct discussion of diagnoses and theories, as well as in-depth step-by-step treatment guidance through contemporary case studies of diverse children and adolescents, to apply and challenge typical textbook definitions. Editors Baggerly and Drewes further address the dramatic changes in contemporary issues—from the COVID pandemic, race-related events, and political unrest, to technological innovation—and how these events might impact these demographics in a therapeutic context.
Mental health professionals will find this resource a handy, modern guide and reference to better support diverse children and adolescents in their practice
About the Editors:
Jennifer N. Baggerly, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S is a Professor of Counseling and play therapy at the University of North Texas at Dallas. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor with over 25 years of play therapy experience. Dr. Baggerly also provides counseling and play therapy at Kaleidoscope Behavioral Health in Flower Mound Texas. She is an award-winning Counselor Educator and distinguished leader in the field of counseling and play therapy. Some of her notable awards across the decades include UNT Dallas Graduate School Outstanding Faculty Award (2022), Texas Counseling Association Outstanding Supervisor Award (2021), Viola Brody Outstanding Play Therapist Award (2005), and Post-Secondary Counselor of the Year for Hillsborough Counseling Association (2004). She served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Association for Play Therapy from 2013-2014 and was a member of the board from 2009-2015. With over 75 publications, Dr. Baggerly is recognized as a prominent expert in children’s crisis intervention and play therapy. She has provided Disaster Response Play Therapy throughout the world including Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, tsunami in Sri Lanka, Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, hurricanes in Florida, and tornados in Texas and Oklahoma. She demonstrated her play therapy skills through several training videos such as Disaster Mental Health and Crisis Stabilization for Children and Trauma Informed Child Centered Play Therapy.
Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, MA, MS Ed, RPT-S, is a licensed psychologist, certified school psychologist, registered play therapist and play therapist supervisor, noted author and coeditor of more than 13 books on play therapy including The Therapeutic Powers of Play: 20 Core Agents of Change (with Charles Schaefer, 2014, Wiley & Sons) and Cultural Issues in Play Therapy, 2nd Edition (with Eliana Gil, 2021, Guilford Press). She has produced a video demonstrating her Prescriptive Integrative Play Therapy approach through the American Psychological Association Children and Adolescents Series IX. She has a long and prestigious career as a passionate play therapist with over 45 years of clinical experience in working with children and adolescents with complex trauma and sexual abuse in schools, residential treatment, and foster care settings. She is currently semi-retired in Ocala, Florida, is a Guardian ad Litem (court-appointed special advocate for foster care children), and has a private practice focusing on supervision on the national and international level, consultation, and national and international training. She is Founder and President Emeritus of the New York Association for Play Therapy and Past Director of the Association for Play Therapy.
Jennifer N. Baggerly, Samuel Bore, Brook Bull, Sara Cantu, Peggy Ceballos, Allison Crowe, Dalena Dillman Taylor, Athena A. Drewes, Anelie Etienne, Tracie Faa Thompson, Caitlin Frawley, Robert Jason Grant, Chi-Sing “Denny” Li, Yu-Fen Lin, Kristin K. Meany-Walen, Domonique Messing, Felicia R. Neubauer, Jason O. Perry, Keith I. Raymond, Lisa Remey, Ana Guadalupe Reyes, Marium Sadiq, Clarissa L. Salinas, Angela I. Sheely-Moore, Risë VanFleet
Jennifer N. Baggerly and Athena A. Drewes
Part I: Children
1. Depression: Child Centered Play Therapy with a Biracial Child
Peggy L. Ceballos and Marium Sadiq
2. Adjustment Difficulties: Child Centered Play Therapy and Critical Race Theory with a Biracial Child
Keith I. Raymond and Angela I. Sheely-Moore
3. Domestic Violence: Trauma-Informed Child Centered Play Therapy with a White Child
Jennifer N. Baggerly
4. Disruptive Behavior after January 6th Washington, DC Uprising: Cognitive Behavior Play Therapy with a White Child
Athena A. Drewes
5. ADHD and COVID-19: Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy with an African American Child
6. Anxiety and Asian Hate: Adlerian Play Therapy with a Chinese American Child
7. Autism and Neurodivergence: Group Play Therapy with Children
Robert Jason Grant
8. Grief after COVID and Gun Violence: Sandtray Therapy with a Mexican American Child
Clarissa Salinas and Jennifer Baggerly
9. Family Stress: Filial Therapy with an Indigenous American Family
10. Divorce: Child Parent Relationship Therapy with Parents of a White Child
Dalena Dillman Taylor and Caitlin Frawley
Part II: Adolescents
11. Depression: Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy with a Chinese American Adolescent
Yu-Fen Lin and Chi-Sing Li
12. Social Anxiety: Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy with a Pakistani American Adolescent
Yu-fen Lin and Samuel Bore
13. Divorce and Political Extremist Groups: Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Expressive Arts with a White Adolescent
14. Sexual Abuse: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Creative Approaches with a Biracial Adolescent
15. Self-Harm: Dialectical Behavior Therapy with an African American Adolescent
Anelie Etienne and Domonique Messing
16. Tourette Syndrome and Risk of Exploitation: Equine Assisted Family Play Therapy with a White Adolescent
Tracie Faa Thompson
17. Eating Disorders: Enhanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy with a Mexican American Adolescent
18. Substance Use Disorder: Motivational Interviewing and Creative Approaches with an African American Adolescent
Allison Crowe and Jason O. Perry
19. LGBTQ: Gestalt Therapy and Liberatory Approaches with a Dominican American Adolescent
Ana Guadalupe Reyes
20. Gender: Narrative Therapy with Parents of a Nonbinary Transgender Chinese American Adolescent
About the Editors and Contributors
Uniting an array of practitioners from the field, this publication provides a fresh, contemporary perspective on providing play therapy and counseling adolescents in the real world. The in-depth, practical content includes case examples, theory, sample case notes, and discussion questions. Including culture and diversity in each chapter fills a void in the play therapy literature. This publication will be an excellent addition to the mental health professional’s and the play therapist’s library.
It's essential for play therapists to keep themselves updated with the latest advancements in their field, particularly in the post-pandemic era. Thankfully, editors Baggerly and Drewes have provided a learning approach at the nexus of cultural humility, diversity, transtheoretical perspectives, and ethical inquiry. Contributing authors use case studies to demonstrate important steps in the play therapy process, from case conceptualization, treatment goal formulation, and theory-driven strategies, to session notes. What’s more, each chapter concludes with thought-provoking discussion questions and extended resources to promote self and group reflexivity. What an important resource to remind us to never stop growing!
This volume does not shy away from complex and multi-layered mental health issues when working with children and adolescents through various play therapy modalities. Throughout, the chapters provide examples and guidance of how to conceptualise presenting problems within theoretical frameworks, and operationalize treatment with honour and respect for the client. Baggerly and Drewes are passionate that play therapy be available for children and adolescents from all backgrounds (regardless of race, sexual orientation, culture, socioeconomic, or immigration status), and that a diversity of clients are worthy of our respect and unconditional positive regard.
This is an important addition to the child and adolescent psychotherapy literature. Drs. Baggerly and Drewes, already published experts and practitioners on the topic, have gathered recognized authorities on a wide variety of approaches to child and adolescent work. This should be a foundational resource for both academics and therapists who work with this population.
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