Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Abused children--Psychology; Abused children--Counseling of;
Child abuse is a very serious issue around the world. An estimated 906,000 children were determined to be victims of child abuse or neglect in the United States in 2003. Child fatalities are the most tragic consequence of maltreatment. Play therapy provides children with the ideal environment where they feel safe and they may experience their feelings without restriction.
Oftentimes play allows children to distance themselves from experiences that are quite painful if expressed directly to a therapist. When assessing the needs of children, it is important for play therapists to assess the phenomenological impact of the abuse, the family's level of dysfunction, the environmental stability, the age of the child, and the child's relationship to the offender.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
John K. Smith
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©2006 Annie E. Jessen
Jessen, Annie E., "Play therapy with victims of child abuse" (2006). Graduate Research Papers. 910.