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Play Therapy Current Projects

 
  • Training play therapists: The differences between online and traditional classroom education. We are currently collecting data for this project. Students enrolled in traditional and online introduction to play therapy courses are the participants for this study. Our team is collecting data on students’ perceived competencies of play therapy before and after the introduction to play therapy course. We are also comparing final exam scores to see if there is a difference in outcomes for students trained in play therapy online versus the traditional classroom setting.
     
  • Examining the effectiveness of play therapy with children in foster care. We have IRB approval and are collecting data for this study. We are collaborating with Payne County Youth Services to deliver play therapy services with children in foster care. We are administering the Behavior Assessment Scale for Children and Parental Stress Index pre, mid, and post play therapy treatment.
     
  • Therapist, parent, and client perceptions of Reality Play Therapy. We have IRB approval and are currently collecting data for this study. In this qualitative study participants will be interviewed before and after six weeks of Reality Play Therapy.
     
  • Examining the effectiveness of play therapy with adolescents. We have IRB approval and will begin collecting data for this study in Fall 2018. We will be administering the Behavior Assessment Scale for Children and Stress Index for Parents of Adolescents pre, mid, and post play therapy treatment.
  • Traditional play therapy versus nature-based play therapy with children in Kenya. We are currently seeking funding for a project that would begin August 2018. Our team would travel to a K-8 school in Kenya at the request of the Bloom Where You Are Planted foundation. During our time in Kenya we plan to conduct small play therapy groups and train school personnel on play therapy skills. One of the groups will be traditional, non-directive play therapy and the other will be nature-based play therapy. If you or someone you know might be interested in funding this project please contact Dr. Stutey at: diane.stutey@okstate.edu.