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Counseling Children Through the World of Play
by Daniel S. Sweeney, Ph.D.
© 1997
(Tyndale House Publishers, Inc: Wheaton, IL) All rights reserved.
[Answer 14 of 20 questions correctly to receive
11 hours of Continuing Education credit]

Children Communicate Through Play (p 17-29)
1. When rescue workers made contact with 18-month-old Jessica McClure after she had fallen down an abandoned well shaft, she was
a. crying.
b. silent and scared.
c. softly singing to herself.
d. sucking her thumb.

2. The greatest empathy a counselor can show a child client is
a. helping the child to verbalize emotions.
b. talking in a calm tone of voice.
c. crouching down to the child’s level.
d. entering the child’s world of play.

Play Therapy as a Foundational Treatment (p 33-49)
3. Play therapy
a. requires a passive role from the therapist.
b. allows the therapist to lead.
c. focuses on the child’s problem.
d. helps to release what already exists in the child.

4. Play therapy does NOT focus on
a. the child’s thoughts.
b. the child’s feelings.
c. the child’s wisdom.
d. the child’s direction.

Working with Parents (p 51-65)
5. If a child goes “ballistic” in the playroom,
a. the therapist should not tell the parents.
b. the therapist should assume the child has “problem parents.”
c. the child will most likely not go ballistic at home.
d. the child will most likely get in trouble at school.

The Playroom and Materials (p 67-75)
6. Which toy or material would NOT be found in the author’s playroom?
a. a broken toy
b. a metal fire truck
c. toy soldiers
d. glue

Conducting a Child Play Therapy Session (p 77-102)
7. The first thing the author does when greeting a child is
a. saying “Hello.”
b. shaking hands.
c. giving a friendly wave.
d. tilting his head.

8. To “track” a child’s play means
a. to take notes.
b. to convey interest.
c. to ask questions.
d. to describe at length.

9. When a child asks “Do you like my picture?”, a good therapeutic response is
a. “I see you’ve used lots of color.”
b. “Yes I do. It looks great!”
c. “You’re such a good artist.”
d. “Can I hang this up on the wall?”

Therapeutic Limit Setting (p 103-117)
10. Limits that give a child the freedom to explore include
a. allowing the child to intentionally break a toy.
b. clearly communicating the limits before the first session.
c. affirming the child’s positive and negative feelings.
d. sitting between the child and the doorway.

Using Stories, Sandplay and Art (p 119-137)
11. The therapist’s primary role in art therapy is
a. to praise the child’s drawing skills.
b. to interpret the child’s drawing.
c. to be present while the child draws.
d. to improve the child’s drawing techniques.

Issues in Counseling Children Through Play (p 139-161)
12. The main difference between a well-adjusted child and a disturbed child is
a. a well-adjusted child will not shoot the therapist with a dart gun.
b. a well-adjusted child will not display aggressive behavior.
c. a disturbed child will not sit still.
d. a disturbed child will engage in hostile and aggressive gunplay for an extended period of time.

13. An example of a “balanced” play therapy group would be
a. two girls and two boys.
b. a three year old child and a five year old child.
c. three children who have been sexually abused.
d. two withdrawn children and one outgoing child.

14. The author prays
a. at the beginning of each play session.
b. only with Christian clients.
c. when the child wants him to.
d. only with parents.

Parent Training: Filial Therapy (p 163-176)
15. The author encourages parents who are conducting playtimes with their child to
a. praise their child.
b. teach their child.
c. correct their child’s behavior.
d. reflect their child’s feelings.

Treating Traumatized Children (p 179-201)
16. Play helps a child make sense of a traumatic event through
a. symbolization (i.e. The child uses a toy predatory animal to represent an abuser).
b. projection (i.e. The child projects intense emotions onto a puppet which then safely acts out these feelings).
c. displacement (i.e. The child displaces negative feelings onto a doll rather than onto a family member).
d. all of the above.

Treating Disruptive Behavior Problems (p 203-220)
17. To motivate noncompliant children toward good behavior, the author recommends
a. a monetary reward system.
b. a token chip/point system.
c. a star chart system.
d. a food reward system.

Treating Anxious and Depressed Children (p 221-231)
18. A normal childhood fear, fear of the dark, usually begins at the age of
a. one year old.
b. two years old.
c. three years old.
d. four years old.

Treating Other Common Childhood Problems (p 233-242)
19. Mild sleep disturbances in children between 2 and 5 years old
a. require counseling intervention.
b. are always caused by bad dreams.
c. are very common and a normal part of just “growing up.”
d. are best resolved by uncovering the subconscious origins of the child’s fears.

Children and Psychopharmacology (p 243-259)
20. Bed-wetting (enuresis) can be helped by
a. tricyclic antidepressants.
b. antipsychotics.
c. lithium.
d. benzodiazepines.