144 pages, 6 x 9
A Practitioner's Guide to Play Therapy Assessments for Court is an accessible introduction to the use of play therapy in the assessment of children for law cases: a common approach chosen because it can be a non-threatening technique in an often stressful situation. Joining theory and working practice, the authors outline creative and innovative uses for play therapy for professionals in legal and court settings.The authors explore the role that play therapists can fulfil and provide practical guidance on how therapists are instructed, the range of assessments they can undertake in preparation for a case, and how they are expected to compile and submit court reports. The authors give clear guidelines for the level of training required to work for the courts and offer advice on giving evidence and responding to cross-examination.
Kate Kirk is an independent play therapist who specialises in court work. She is also an independent social worker who provides play therapy and theraplay to children who are looked after by the local authorities in foster care and in secure accommodation. Kate lives in Chichester. Mark Tooley is a solicitor who specialises in child and family law. He lives in Portsmouth.
Foreword by Sue Jennings. 1. Introduction. 2. Who instructs the play therapist? 3. Additional training and self-preparation for court work. 4. Assessing parents' attachments. 5. Assessing the parent/child attachment. 6. Assessment of the child. 7. Two case studies. 8. Expert witness court report. 9. Attending court. References. Appendices. Index.
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