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Children's Use of Board Games in Psychotherapy

Author: Jill Bellinson

Course Created: 2002

Practice Level: Intermediate

Book Required Duration: 4 hours
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Course Summary

Children's Use of Board Games in Psychotherapy describes ways that structured board games can reveal the internal psychodynamic working of the child. The text describes the child's developmental changes and how the therapist must follow the child in this development.

Course Format

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify examples of therapeutic board games.
  • Describe some of the functions of cheating.
  • Explain the stages in the development of structured game play.
  • Describe the different styles of play.

Course Syllabus

  1. Never Use Board Games
  2. Always Use Board games
  3. Not Ordinary Games: The Use of Specially Designed Therapeutic Games
  4. Cheaters Never Lose
  5. The Play's the Thing: Finding Meaning in Structured Games
  6. Development of Game Play
  7. But Is It Therapy?
  8. I Hate This Game. ...The Therapist's Experience of Board Games
  9. Groupies: The Uses of Board Games in Group Therapy
  10. Play Ball! ...And Checkers, and Sorry, and Clue, and Monopoly, and...

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