Author

Mi-Hee Jeon

Publication Date

2014

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Myers, Charles Edwin

Degree Name

Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

Department

Counseling, Adult and Higher Education

LCSH

Play therapy||Parent and child||Counseling Psychology||Higher education

Abstract

This study examines how play therapists practice parental engagement to obtain a general understanding of the play therapists' roles, parental involvement procedures, and strategies in helping parents become involved in their child's recovery. Ten participants were recruited through criterion-based section. The participants were from five different play therapy approaches, with at least seven years' experience in play therapy and a play therapist license. Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), I approached the participants to gain profound understanding of their experiences of and insight into parental inclusion.||Findings reveal that the play therapists of this study perform as counselors, teachers, and consultants in working with parents. The participants highlight building relationships with parents and providing empathy as significant aspects in facilitating parental involvement. The findings also illustrate therapeutic changes the participants found from parents, children, and family system through parental inclusion. Finally, the findings identify that the participants made sense of parental involvement based on systemic perspective. Implications of this study are discussed in relation to play therapists' practice for parental engagement.

Comments

Advisors: Charles E. Myers.||Committee members: Laura R. Johnson; Scott Wickman.

Extent

172 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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