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Book Description

A watershed treatise, Sandplay: A Sourcebook for Play Therapists contains a comprehensive dictionary of symbolism in a play therapy context; keys to symbolic play; how aggression is neutralized; how to interrupt posttraumatic play; how to dialogue non-verbally with a child; how you can know when a complex has been resolved; the power of sand as a medium; the importance of spiritual images in play therapy; resources for shopping for sandplay items-trays, toys, other objects, and more..

Like the body, the psyche is designed to be self-healing given the right environment and therapeutic relationship. Its contents can be restructured. This book shows you how this happens.

If a clinician wanted to better understand a child's use of a snake in sand tray therapy, or his use of the color green in art therapy work, how many resources are there? After asking the child (often non-productive verbally), where does one go? To date there has been no single text that aids in understanding the symbolism that children use in play therapy. Dr. Susan Perkins McNally has written such a source book. The richness, complexity, and exceptionally visual and tactile properties of sandplay therapy are presented in a variety of ways.

Dr. McNally's discussion of symbolism and examples is both extraordinarily rich and unique in the literature. Sandplay is practical in that both the novice and experienced clinician can easily find information by using Sandplay's The Dictionary of Play Imagery, or by utilizing the extensive Subject Index which includes such unusual images as drowning, burial, quicksand and avalanche. The text is interwoven with ample references to crucial clinical findings.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Reviewer: Lisa Laird

An excellant guide for understanding child's play

I am a School Psychologist and although I have used play with children, I am new to using sandplay. Susan's book explores the history of play therapy, Jungian archetypes and their relevance to making head way with children using sandplay. The thought provoking session descriptions along with the actual pictures really helped guide me to understand the symbolism suggested by the author. Susan's expertise and experience are evident in her confident analysis, yet written clearly so that even a beginner can follow the analysis. I highly recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Reviewer: Lisa Laird

A masterful guide to child's play

I am a school Psychologist and although I have spent time working with children using play, I did not have any back ground in sand play. Susan's book explores the history of play therapy, Jungian archetypes and the relevance they have in making head way with children. The book acts as a wonderful guide through the use of pictures and descriptions to help the reader understand the complex symbolism children use during play. SUsan's experience and expertise are evident in her analysis of the sessions, yet they are written clearly so that even a beginner can follow the analysis. I highly recommend this book.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Reviewer: Nan Gunderson, LCSW (Ashland, OR, USA)

Changing and Growing through SANDPLAY

I am a licensed clinical social worker with a teen drug and alcohol residential program. Here is a source book on symbolism and a guide to another language that these children, and the child in all of us, can use to work through the pain of childhood traumas.

SANDPLAY is a bridge over the shame or self-conciousness of art therapy. I believe it will be productive for clients searching for a deeper meaning to their life, other than drug or alcohol use. I know their struggle demands change and growth. I know they are kinesthetic learners open to symbolism and eager to be relieved of burdens as well as to define order to their lives.
I am using this book as a guide first to an understanding my own metaphors by developing a sand tray for myself. I have been yearning to do this for years. Now, here is a practical and positive guide. I think it will enrich me and also my clients. Thanks, Susan McNally.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Reviewer: Joseph Barrett Mdiv, CADC (Central Point, Or)

An Insightful Book

I found Susan's book to be fascinating in the revelations of possible and/or common meanings of symbols we all use. I can see it as an invaluable tool in understanding a child's self-disclosure. I appreciated her eclectic perspective and respect for religious symbols as well. It seems to me to also be a valuable tool in the interpretation of symbolism in dreams. An excellent and insightful book.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Reviewer:Carolyn Abel, Ph.D., M.F.T.,
Play Therapy Specialist (Claremont, CA USA) >

Excellent Choice for Classroom Text!

I have just read the final copy of this book. I have read earlier versions of this manuscript and I am so grateful for Susan's perseverence in getting it published. I have already changed some aspects of my play therapy room based on reading the chapter entitled 'The Ideal Playroom.' I was inspired by this chapter to make several changes in my office. I also enjoyed reading the case material in the book and feel energized and inspired by Susan's sandplay work with children. In addition, I have already utilized the section entitled 'Dictionary of Play Therapy Imagery.' I found this section extremely practical. I have decided to use Susan's book as a text in the play therapy class that I teach because it is so readable, unique, and practical. Thank you Susan for your book!