Mi-Hee Jeon

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Myers, Charles Edwin

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Counseling, Adult and Higher Education


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


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.


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


172 pages




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