Child-Centered Play Therapists' Experiences of Conducting Group Play Therapy in Elementary Schools




Blalock, Sarah
Lindo, Natalya
Haiyasoso, Maria
Morman, Molly

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Taylor & Francis


Child-Centered Group Play Therapy (CCGPT) has been shown to be an effective, developmentally appropriate, and efficient mental health treatment for young children. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore six play therapists’ perceptions of conducting CCGPT in four elementary schools. Three overarching themes emerged from the data: Internal Responses During Clinical Experiences, Perception of CCGPT (subthemes: Benefits, Challenges, Comparison to Individual PT), and Observed Change (subthemes: Client Change, Shift in Therapist Perception of CCGPT). Results support the use of CCGPT in schools and highlight the need for counselor training in CCGPT.



child-centered group play therapy, phenomenology, play therapist experiences, qualitative research, school-based mental health interventions, Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology


Blalock, S. M., Lindo, N. A., Haiyasoso, M., & Morman, M. K. (2019). Child-centered play therapists' experiences of conducting group play therapy in elementary schools. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 44(3), pp. 184-203.


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