15. Integrating Attachment Theory and Nondirective Play Therapy to Treat Children With More Serious Attachment Problems

  1. Athena A. Drewes,
  2. Sue C. Bratton and
  3. Charles E. Schaefer
  1. Jessica Jäger and
  2. Virginia Ryan

Published Online: 16 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118094792.ch15

Integrative Play Therapy

Integrative Play Therapy

How to Cite

Jäger, J. and Ryan, V. (2011) Integrating Attachment Theory and Nondirective Play Therapy to Treat Children With More Serious Attachment Problems, in Integrative Play Therapy (eds A. A. Drewes, S. C. Bratton and C. E. Schaefer), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118094792.ch15

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 JUN 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 JUL 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470617922

Online ISBN: 9781118094792

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Keywords:

  • attachment theory;
  • nondirective play therapy;
  • attachment problems;
  • decision making;
  • kinship care

Summary

This chapter is focused on integration of attachment theory and nondirective play therapy (NDPT) to treat children with more serious attachment problems. A summary of both extended attachment theory and NDPT is given. Practice considerations by the use of an extended attachment theory framework at the assessment stage and the end phase of NDPT are described. Applications of extended attachment theory are also illustrated with a case study of a child. Here, we also concentrate on exploring attachment-related practice considerations. Callum's case is used to illustrate the demanding features of play therapy with children who have serious attachment difficulties. Finally, it is concluded that to understand the therapeutic process from an attachment perspective can be particularly beneficial, and arguably essential, when working with children who have more serious attachment difficulties and who are embedded within more complex family and professional systems.