Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play

by Ann M. Jernberg, and Phyllis Booth

Paperback, 1998



Theraplay, modeled on the natural, playful patterns of healthy interaction between parent and child, helps troubled families develop the responsiveness and structure vital to a child?s development. Theraplay shows parents how to use play to communicate love and authority and to engage their children in interactions that develop competence, self-esteem?and trust.

Booth's revised edition brilliantly integrates Jernberg's innovative approach with recent research on attachment and the effect of stress and trauma on child development. In a clear, forceful style and illustrated by vivid therapeutic vignettes, Theraplay demonstrates how this creative and joyful treatment can help even the most challenging children and their families.


Jossey-Bass; 2 edition (1998-10-27) (no date)

Original publication date

2010 (3rd edition)

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