Play Psychotherapy with Children Traumatised by Caregivers with Alcohol Abuse Disorder: Integrative Interventions

Keywords: play therapy, alcohol abuse disorder, trauma-focused treatment, CBT


Children exposed to caregivers with alcohol abuse disorder (AUD) are often subjected to a psychologically destabilising home environment. These caregivers may demonstrate behaviours that compromise their children’s sense of safety and security and lead to a range of trauma-related symptoms. A trauma-focused treatment approach may assist with the reduction of children’s trauma-related symptoms as well as the prevention of, for example, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, behavioural problems, and pathological shame. In this article, the authors discuss the incorporation of tenets of cognitive behavioural play therapy into a trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT) approach for children affected by a caregiver with AUD. Additionally, the authors discuss the effects of caregiver AUD on children and outline an integrative play-based treatment approach for treating the trauma these children experience. A case example is presented to illustrate the integration of TF-CBT and cognitive behavioural play therapy (CBPT) for children with caregivers with AUD.

Author Biography

Eric J. Green, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Eric Green is a faculty associate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education in Baltimore, MD. He's also the author of several recent books in child psychotherapy, including "The Handbook of Jungian Play Therapy."

How to Cite
Green, Eric J., Amie Myrick, and Laura Fazio-Griffith. 2019. “Play Psychotherapy With Children Traumatised by Caregivers With Alcohol Abuse Disorder: Integrative Interventions”. Commonwealth Youth and Development 16 (1), 14 pages.