Social workers are trained to “start where the client is.” You have a responsibility to use language and interventions that are respectful of your client’s developmental and emotional level. But what if your client is a child? How can you start from the child’s point of reference? In this Assignment, you identify the play therapy strategies evident in the case of Elle (found in your Learning Resources). You also engage in self-reflection and discuss your level of comfort with providing play therapy. Review the “Case of Elle” from this week’s Learning Resources. Submit a 2- to 3-page paper addressing the following: 1. Briefly summarize the key aspects of the case. 2. Identify the direct and indirect play therapy strategies employed and explain how they differ.
3. Discuss why you would or why you would not be comfortable providing play therapy—consider both direct and indirect approaches. References: ebb, N. B. (2019). Social work practice with children (4th ed.). New York, NY: The Guilford Press. Chapter 7, “Individual Play Therapy” Brezinka, V. (2014). Computer games supporting cognitive behaviour therapy in children. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 19(1), 100–110. doi: 10.1177/1359104512468288 Davis, E. S., & Pereira, J. K. (2014). Child-centered play therapy: A creative approach to culturally competent counseling. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 9(2), 262–274. doi:10.1080/15401383.2014.892863 Taylor, D. D., & Bratton, S. C. (2014). Developmentally appropriate practice: Adlerian play therapy with preschool children. The Journal of Individual Psychology, 70(3), 205–219. Document: Working With Children and Families: The Case of Elle (PDF) Grading Rubic: 1. Paper fully addresses all instruction prompts. 2.
Paper demonstrates an excellent understanding of all of the concepts and key points presented in the text(s) and Learning Resources. Paper provides significant detail including multiple relevant examples, evidence from the readings and other sources, and discerning ideas. Paper demonstrates exemplary critical thought. 3. Paper is well organized, uses scholarly tone, follows APA style, uses original writing and proper paraphrasing, contains very few or no writing and/or spelling errors