Children feel emotions in many ways. At times, the intensity of children’s emotions can create difficulties at school, home, and social settings, and obstruct children’s relationships with others in their lives. Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) has been proven as an evidence-based intervention for teenagers and adults with various mental health diagnoses that focuses on mindfulness, interpersonal relationships, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. This helpful workbook guides clinicians to translate DBT principles through play therapy–informed activities for children and their caregivers. Supportive activities and techniques for use in the therapy room and at home with children are provided to assist children in managing their emotions and strengthening their relationships. Blending the facilitative powers of DBT and play therapy allows children to use the needed tools and techniques to process their internal conflicts. Utilizing these skills while combining the therapeutic powers of play allows children to better understand their world.
- Author’s Note
- Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- 1 Mindfulness Skills
- 2 Distress Tolerance Skills
- 3 Emotional Regulation Skills
- 4 Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
- 5 Caregiver Consultation
- Appendix A
- Appendix B
Kellie Giorgio Camelford, PhD LPC-S, NCC, NCSC, PMH-C, Registered Play Therapist, PCIT Therapist is a licensed professional counselor supervisor specializing in parent-child interaction therapy and perinatal women’s issues in clinical services. As assistant professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center–New Orleans, she enjoys teaching and supervising students in ethics and clinical supervision.
Krystal Vaughn, PhD LPC-S, NCC, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor is a licensed professional counselor supervisor specializing in children ages 2–12. As associate professor of clinical rehabilitation and counseling at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center–New Orleans, she enjoys teaching as well as providing clinical services with certifications in Parent Child Interaction Therapy and AutPlay.
Erin Dugan, PhD, NCC, CRC, LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor is a licensed professional counselor supervisor specializing in children (ages 2–12), attachment disorders, and child–parent relationships, including filial therapy and family play therapy. As a Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center—New Orleans, she enjoys teaching play therapy courses and supervising students.
“Creative Play-Based DBT Activities for Children and Their Caregivers gives the mental health practitioner a plethora of play based tools to use in implementing DBT work with their clients. Several play interventions are described for mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Readers will also find the caregiver consultation section another valuable tool for including parents and family members in the therapeutic process: – — Robert Jason Grant, creator/founder, AutPlay® Therapy.