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Kagan, Suzi, Short-Term Child-Centered Play Therapy Training With School Counselors and
Teachers in Israel, Doctor of Philosophy (Counseling and Higher Education) May 2003. 73 pp.,
16 tables, 64 references, 47 titles.
This study was designed to determine the effectiveness of short-term child-centered play
therapy training with school counselor and teachers in Israel. A short-term child-centered play
therapy course is an intervention that focuses on changing trainees attitudes and beliefs towards
children while teaching them child-centered play therapy theory and skills.
The experimental group, consisting of 18 volunteer school counselors and teachers in
Israel received a total of 15 hours of child-centered play therapy didactic training with a variety
of learning experiences. The control group consisted of 15 volunteer school counselors and
teachers in Israel. The control group did not receive any training. All participants completed the
Play Therapy Attitude-Knowledge-Skill Survey (PTAKSS) before and after the training as a
means of measuring change in attitude, knowledge and skill. A second purpose of this study was
to compare the effectiveness of short-term child-centered play therapy training with a
comparison group semester long child-centered play therapy training course at the University of
An analysis of covariance revealed statistically significant positive increase in
Knowledge subscale as compared to the control group. However the differences between the
experimental and the control group were not significant on the participant's total score on the
PTAKSS, their attitudes and beliefs towards children or their skill level.
A t-test revealed no significant difference between the experimental and comparison
groups on the skill subscale of the PTKASS. Results indicated that there was a significant
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