Game Play: Therapeutic Use of Games with Children and Adolescents, 3rd Edition

Jessica Stone (Editor) & Charles E. Schaefer (Editor) November 2019

Chapter 4, Cooperative Games by Jennifer Taylor

Jessica Stone (Editor) and Charles E. Schaefer (Editor)

Chapter 4, Cooperative Games

It was a great honor to write Chapter 4, Cooperative Games, in this publication of Game Play: Therapuetic use of Games with Children and Adolescents.  Cooperative games are those in which the players work together against an imaginary opponent (the game itself).  Their use in therapy is one of my favorite tools when working with siblings that have high-conflict relationships. However, they are helpful for building a variety of skills in therapy and also as tools for families to use in their homes. You can read a short article about some of my favorite Cooperative Games here.  I talked with my esteemed colleague, Lisa Dion, about Cooperative Games on her podcast Lessons from the Playroom.  Take a listen here

The book includes chapters on strategy games, digital games, using game play with children of divorce or sexual abuse and many other topics from some of the most capable colleagues in the play therapy field. It is a valuable addition to your bookshelf.  Please find all of the details about this book at the publishers link below. 

Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents in Crisis

Fourth Edition

Edited by Nancy Boyd Webb
Foreword by Lenore C. Terr, January 2017

Nancy Boyd Webb

Chapter 11. The Crisis of Parental Deployment in Military Service, Joseph R. Herzog, R. Blaine Everson, & Jennifer Taylor

Admittedly, my contribution to Chapter 11 on The Crisis of Parental Deployment in Military Service was small in comparison to my co-authors, Joseph Herzog and Blaine Everson; however, it was such an honor to be included in this important work. As a clinician serving active duty service members in multiple locations across the country, it has been an honor to assist in strengthening the resiliency and coping skills of their families.  

You can learn more about the unique challenges facing military service members and their families and how to incorporate play-based interventions in your work with them in this chapter.  In addition, this book covers theoretical foundations, multiple other crisis-related topics and school-based services and has over 55,000 copies in print.  

If you are interested in working together on a writing project or publication with Jen Taylor, please email

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