State of the Art

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The "State of the Art" of Play Therapy in 2001

  • There are a wide range of techniques, not all well specified,
  • Tied to numerous theories and often to only to ideas (= not well linked to theory).
  • Limited training opportunities, and
  • Limited supervision and consultation opportunities,
  • Some research supports effectiveness, but not tied to specific symptoms.
  • Many "educational" products and approaches run the risk of being coercive or unempathic,
  • A problem magnified by the results focus of managed care and public programs.

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James Drisko, PhD
last updated 2/21/01