Harnessing the Power of Play in Emotionally Focused Family Therapy With Preschool Children
Emotionally focused family therapy (EFFT) is an attachment‐based therapy model that has been used with older children and adolescents. More recently, it has been suggested for use with young children. EFFT holds promise as a clinical treatment for young children coping with attachment problems, but more detailed guidelines are needed for implementing the model with this age‐group. Whereas preschool and kindergarten age children are less able to participate in talk therapy than older children, accommodations need to be made to this approach when the identified patient is a young child. This article offers a variety of play therapy activities that may be incorporated within an EFFT framework to strengthen the emotional bonds in families with children ages four to six.
School of Social Work
Willis, Amber B., Darryl R. Haslam, and J. Maria Bermudez. "Harnessing the power of play in Emotionally Focused Family Therapy with preschool children." Journal of marital and family therapy 42, no. 4 (2016): 673-687.