ABSTRACT

The Guide to Play Therapy Documentation and Parent Consultation guides play therapists through the case-documentation process, from the initial inquiry for services through intake session, diagnosis, treatment planning, session notes, and termination summary. There’s a special focus on writing session notes, one of the areas in which play therapists most often request additional training. Chapters also identify play themes, explore clinical theories and case conceptualization, and guide play therapists from the playroom to the paperwork. The authors include several examples of case notes and treatment plans completed from a variety of theoretical perspectives, and vignettes and case studies illustrate ways to connect with caregivers, strategies for working with challenging caregivers, addressing difficult topics at different ages and stages of parenting (how to talk about sex, screen time, co-parenting, etc.), and much more. The book also includes a thorough discussion of ways to structure parent consultations to facilitate the therapeutic process. Expansive appendices provide many case examples and tips to explain and demonstrate documentation, and the authors provide form templates in the text and on the book’s website.

About the Authors  Part One: Documentation and Parent Consultation  1. Introduction  2. Inquiry Through Intake Summary  3. Initial Parent Consultation  4. Diagnosis and Treatment Plan 5. Treatment Phase: Session Notes  6. Ongoing Parent Consultations 7. Termination  Part Two: Looking Further  8. Parents Who Challenge Us  9. Difficult Parenting Issues  10. A Deeper Look at Play  11. Finding a Theory  12. Professional Growth Considerations  Appendices  Index