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The Heart of the Science of Play Therapy


Heart to heart healing can help.

One of the most exciting developments in the field of play therapy is the dedicated efforts of researchers in the field to demonstrate empirically the efficacy of this work. As the body of research grows, it is clear that science can enhance the credibility of the work that takes place in the playroom. It is also heartening that neurobiological research has validated what play therapists intuitively have known for a long time but we didn’t have the knowledge or the language to explain it in terms of brain science. This white paper reviews contributing factors that perhaps will never be quantifiable or measurable to the degree needed to meet scientific standards; and discusses why intangibles may prove to be as vital as the measurable ones.



David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP, RPT-S

David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP, RPT-S

Children's Home of Poughkeepsie

  • Clinical Director, Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie
  • Licensed and board certified clinical psychologist
  • Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Association for Play Therapy, 2018
  • Lifetime Achievement Award by Hudson Valley Psychological Association, 2012
  • Taught graduate play therapy courses at Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University
  • Author or editor of 15 books in the child therapy field
  • Co-editor of a widely used textbook in the field of play therapy: Play Therapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice

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