Religious Faith in Play Therapy: Survey Findings


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Abstract

Religious faith is a recognized healing component in children’s mental health. However, no research has been conducted on religious faith in play therapy. The aim of this survey was to identify play therapists’ awareness, knowledge, and skills related to religious faith in play therapy. Results of 308 registered play therapists (RPT) or RPT supervisors participating in the study showed that 82% endorsed religious faith or spiritual belief as being central to their own identity, 75% agreed that children have spiritual awareness, 88% reported confidence in identifying their clients’ religious beliefs, and 88% reported confidence in responding to children’s questions about God in a way that honors their religion. Themes of positive and negative displays of religious faith were identified. Findings are discussed.

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