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StoryPlay® therapy is an Ericksonian, resiliency-based, indirective model of play therapy that interweaves cultural diversity, metaphor, natural healing abilities, and creativity to effect transformational change, healing, and problem solving for children, adolescents, families, and communities who have experienced trauma, grief, disaster, adversity, or loss. Because play is the language of children and creativity is the language of play, the StoryPlay model unites these pivotal elements to form a tapestry of unique methods for moving past the limitations of diagnostic labeling to access and reawaken the resilient child within.

Historical Context

In response to Hurricane Iniki, a catastrophic natural disaster that devastated the island of Kaua’i, Hawaii, on September 11, 1992, Joyce Mills developed a community-based program to meet the needs of the children, youth, and families on ...

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