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Adapting non-directive play therapy interventions for children with attachment disorders

Ryan, V. (2004) Adapting non-directive play therapy interventions for children with attachment disorders. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 9 (1). pp. 75-87. ISSN 1359-1045

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Brief, intensive, non-directive play therapy with a looked after child in transition who had serious attachment problems is discussed in this article. As a background to deriving practice suggestions from this difficult and largely unsuccessful intervention, the play therapy literature on maltreated children is presented. Heard and Lake’s extension of attachment theory, ‘the dynamics of attachment and interestsharing’, is then used to analyse and understand the complexities of the intra-and interpersonal relationships within this intervention from the child’s, carers’, social worker’s and therapist’s viewpoints. Finally, practice suggestions are made, namely, that: (i) in complex cases for shorter term work, consultations based on Heard and Lake’s theory, rather than direct work by the therapist, should be considered; and (ii) a combination of filial therapy and the use of Heard and Lake’s theory can provide both the depth of understanding needed by professionals and the development of appropriate adult–child attachment relationships in longer term work.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy and Social Work (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2009 09:25
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2009 09:25
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359104504039174
Status: Published
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Identification Number: 10.1177/1359104504039174
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5873

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