by Eliana Gil
This video illuminates the unique benefits of play therapy for children who have been physically or sexually abused.
This informative video program from renowned practitioner and author Eliana Gil illuminates the unique benefits of play therapy for children who have been physically or sexually abused. Sharing her warmth and clinical insight, Dr. Gil brings viewers into the therapeutic playroom, describes how play activities fit into the reparative process, and provides helpful pointers for practice. With the help of child volunteers (not actual patients), the video demonstrates specific art and play activities that can help children:
Express feelings they are unable or unwilling to verbalize
Work through painful experiences with familiar and comfortable materials
Gain a sense of safety and mastery
Resume developmental processes interrupted by abuse
Hands-On Demonstration of Art Materials and ToysThe benefits of different activities for articulating children's inner experience
Themes to look for in the play and artwork of abused children
Individual differences in responses to abuse
Balancing directive and nondirective approaches
Viewers learn about the basic materials Dr. Gil employs in her work with abused children, from art supplies, to the sandtray, puppets, dollhouse, masks, and more. She explains how each is used and explores its rationale, helping viewers develop their own repertoire of toys and techniques. Illustrated throughout by children's evocative paintings and drawings, the program explores:
Helping Children Feel Safe in the Therapy Setting
Sensitive to children's anxiety and fear, Dr. Gil shows how therapy itself can feel threatening to already vulnerable youngsters. She discusses how to allay children's fears about the unfamiliar environment, make them feel comfortable with materials and techniques, and establish a good working rapport.
A handy companion manual amplifies themes presented in the video and provides resource lists and references for students and practitioners.
51-Minute Color DVD
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