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LSU Assistant Professor Co-Edits Book on ‘Play Therapy’

07/19/2013 03:01 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU School of Education Assistant Professor Jennifer Curry co-edited the newly published book, “Integrating Play Techniques in Comprehensive School Counseling Programs.”

The book focuses on various play techniques and the application of various play therapy theories, such as child-centered play therapy, solution-focused play therapy and cognitive-behavioral play therapy within comprehensive school counseling programs, addressing various childhood concerns, prevention and intervention. Each chapter offers vignettes, a literature review of a specific childhood concern, such as homelessness or separation anxiety, pragmatic interventions for the school environment and a case study to demonstrate application of techniques.

Play therapy is a structured, theoretically-based approach to counseling that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children as they may not have developed the complexities of language to accurately express their concerns. Play therapy interventions are critical elements of providing responsive services within the context of comprehensive school counseling programs.

Play Therapy is integrated into LSU’s school counseling program.

“Integrating Play Techniques in Comprehensive School Counseling Programs” can be found at all major online retailers and will soon be available as an eBook.

Curry is the coordinator of the School of Counseling program within the College of Human Sciences & Education. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University, master’s in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University and doctorate in counselor education from the University of Central Florida. Curry has previously served as a professional school counselor at the elementary, middle and high school levels, presented her work at more than 70 national and international conferences and published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed, refereed national and international counseling journals.

The LSU School of Education offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction and in Educational Leadership, Research and Counseling. The school’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues. Visit the School of Education at

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