Multi-Sensory Practices For Clinical Practitioners

William Steele PsyD, MSW

Play Therapy

I’m often asked for resources that offer a wide variety of practical, multi-sensory therapeutic processes and strategies. Crenshaw and Stewart’s Play Therapy A Comprehensive Guide To Theory And Practice, a 2015 Guilford Press publication, is one such invaluable resource. 36 chapters written by most of the leading figures in play therapy provide practices applied across a wide range of client problems. Topics cover play therapy with or for 

  • children of fury, children experiencing homelessness, divorce, grief and traumatic loss,
  • sexual abuse, military connected children and families, 
  • children on the autism spectrum, children with anxiety disorder, ADHD, 
  • play therapy with adolescents, adults, families and victims and survivors of disasters. 
  • It discusses story play, sand tray, animal assisted play, Jungian analytical and Adlerian play therapy, cognitive- behavioral and integrative approaches to play therapy and so much more.

Theory, research, clinical application, practice guidelines and an abundance of case examples fill every chapter. Given what neuroscience has taught us about the importance and need for sensory-based approaches this rich resource should be on every practitioner’s must read list.

Impact Therapy

Regarding multi-sensory approaches, Impact Therapy uses a wide variety of visual “props” to reinforce strength based, resilience focused client thought processes. The following 12 minute video segment provides an excellent demonstration. I’m sure it will have you thinking of a variety of visual ways you can communicate new concepts to clients to reshape the way they think about themselves and the challenges they face. It’s well worth the time. Good reading and good viewing.

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