Play Therapy in Schools
In the 1960s guidance and counseling programs became established in elementary schools. Professional journals, such as the Elementary School Guidance and Counseling Journal, were established by the American Personal Guidance Association, later called the American Association for Counseling and Development, eventually called the American Counseling Association. Prior to this time the writing in the area of play therapy had focused on private practice with emotionally disturbed children. With the increased demand for counselors in the elementary schools, writings by counselor educators began to appear in the literature. Alexander (1969), Landreth, Jacquot, and Allen (1968), Muro and Dinkmeyer (1977), Myrick and Holdin (1971), Nelson (1970), and Waterland (1970) championed the use of play therapy to meet the developmental needs of school children. These authors believed play therapy is not just for the maladjusted but for the child needing preventative interventions.
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