6. Social Skills Play Groups for Children With Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Integrating Play and Group Therapy Approaches

  1. Athena A. Drewes,
  2. Sue C. Bratton and
  3. Charles E. Schaefer
  1. Julie Blundon Nash and
  2. Charles E. Schaefer

Published Online: 16 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118094792.ch6

Integrative Play Therapy

Integrative Play Therapy

How to Cite

Nash, J. B. and Schaefer, C. E. (2011) Social Skills Play Groups for Children With Disruptive Behavior Disorders, 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.ch6

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470617922

Online ISBN: 9781118094792



  • social skills play groups;
  • disruptive behavior disorders;
  • social skills;
  • childhood;
  • social competence


This chapter contains research about therapeutic factors in both group and play therapies. Intervention that provides further empirical support for the effectiveness of a coaching model of social skills training for children is outlined. The group therapy model includes group leaders/therapists and group members. The adequacy with which the child gets along with other children has also been highlighted. Social skills are typically taught in a group setting so that children can receive immediate reinforcement for appropriate modeling. Among these skills are behaviors that increase positive social interactions, such as cooperation and initiating conversations, and behaviors that decrease negative interactions, such as conflict resolution and social problem solving. Play therapy framework includes games, metaphors, stories, and role-plays that fosters positive emotions and enhance skill-building and learning. It suggests multiple healing powers of play by allowing child to gain control over his or her emotional responses to stressful events.