Evaluating the impact of child-centered play therapy training

Shu Chen Kao, Garry L. Landreth

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The researchers designed this study to determine the effects of a comprehensive child-centered play therapy training course for beginning play therapy graduate students in (1) improving positive attitudes and beliefs toward children, (2) improving play therapy knowledge, (3) improving confidence in applying play therapy skills, (4) reducing dominance tendencies in trainees, and (5) reducing intellectual efficiency in trainees. Results of the analyses of covariance reveal that students in the experimental group demonstrated a significant improvement in their positive attitudes and beliefs toward children, play therapy knowledge, confidence in applying play therapy skills and a significant reduction in their dominance tendency and intellectual efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Play Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Dec 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology

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