Benefits of play therapy across age groups (Bratton, Ray, Rhine, & Jones, 2005; LeBlanc & Ritchie, 2001)
"In the 1990s, Miller (1994) noted a “contextual shift” in both play
and family therapy fields, in which the integration of the two schools of thought had created a powerful synthesis in the treatment of children and families. Gil (1994) further stated, “The integration of play with family therapy strengthens both therapeutic approaches” (p. 33). Other scholars have noted a similar synergistic effect in combining both approaches (Rotter & Bush, 2000; Swift, 2002), and some have documented specific benefits of integrating play and family therapy methods (Gil & Sobol, 2005; Lantz & Raiz, 2003; Sweeney & Rocha, 2000)" (Haslam & Harris, 2011, pg. 52).