Research Publications

The Office of Play Therapy Research and Training has a strong commitment to continuing research in areas related to play therapy and specifically to supporting child centered play therapy as evidenced based practice.


Anderson, A. L., & Perryman, K. (2017). A Picture and A Thousand Words:  Counseling Theory Student Mandala Collage.  In Integrating the Expressive Arts Into Counseling Practice (2nd Ed.).  Degges-White, S. & Davis, N. (Eds), p.248-249.  NY:  Springer.

Christian, D. D., & Perryman, K. (2018). Adventures in supervision: Implications for supervision of adventure based counseling. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 13 (1), 19-30.

Christian, D. D., Perryman, K. L., & Portrie-Bethke, T. L. (2017). Improving the parent-adolescent relationship with adventure-based counseling: An Adlerian perspective. Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, 3(1), 44-58. doi.org/10.1080/23727810.2017.1281693

Christian, D. D., Perryman, K. L., & Portrie-Bethke, T. L. (2017). Using adventure based counseling to improve the parent/adolescent relationship: An Adlerian perspective. Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling.

Jordan, B., & Perryman, K. (2013). Child-centered play therapy with natural disaster and catastrophic event survivors: A review of the literature. International Journal of Play Therapy, 22 (4), 219-230.

Keller-Dupree, E. A., & Perryman, K. L. (2017). The effects of an expressive arts therapy group on female counselors-in-training: A qualitative study. In N. F. Mazza (Ed.), Expressive therapies. United Kingdom: Routledge-Taylor & Francis. (Reprinted from The Journal of Poetry Therapy, pp. 223-235, 2013).

Keller-Dupree, E. A. & Perryman, K. (2013). The effects of an expressive arts therapy group on female counselors-in-training: A qualitative study. Journal of Poetry Therapy. 26 (4), 223-235.

Kern, E., & Perryman, K. (2016). Leaving it in the sand: Creativity processing military combat trauma as a means for reducing risk of interpersonal violence. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 11(3/4), 446-457.

Peabody, M. A., Perryman, K. L., & Hannah, M., Smith, L., & Sanyshyn, S. (2018). Improving mental health outcomes for young children through the implementation of the primary project. Journal of School-based Counseling Policy and Evaluation, 1(1), 40-50.

Perryman, K. (2016). Play therapy in schools. In The Handbook of Play Therapy (2nd Ed).Schaefer, C. & O’Conner, K. (Eds).  (pp. 485-503). NY: John Wiley and Sons.

Perryman, K. & Anderson, A. (2017). Using Sandtray in Supervision.  In Integrating the Expressive Arts Into Counseling Practice (2nd Ed.).  Degges-White, S. & Davis, N. (Eds), p.241-248.  NY:  Springer.

Perryman, K., Blisard, P., & Anderson, A.  (2017). Family of Origin Bouquet.  In Integrating the Expressive Arts Into Counseling Practice (2nd Ed.).  Degges-White, S. & Davis, N. (Eds), p.171.  NY: Springer.

Perryman, K., Blisard, P., & Anderson, A.  (2017). Floratherapy: A Garden of Dreams.  In Integrating the Expressive Arts Into Counseling Practice (2nd Ed.).  Degges-White, S. & Davis, N. (Eds), p.170.  NY: Springer.

Perryman, K., Blisard, P., & Moss, R .(2019). Using creative arts in trauma therapy: The neuroscience of healing. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 41(1): 80-94. https://doi.org/10.17744/mehc.41.1.07

Perryman, K., & Bowers, L. (2018). Turning the focus to behavioral, emotional, and social well-being: The impact of child-centered play therapy. International Journal of Play Therapy, 27(4), 227-241.

Perryman, K., Christian, D., & Massengale, B. (2017). The impact of a two-day child parent relationship therapy training on attitude, knowledge, and skills. International Journal of Play Therapy, 26(4), 218-229.

Perryman, K., Kern-Popejoy, E., & Suarez, A. (2018). Using the Enneagram to facilitate the supervision relationship: A qualitative study. Journal of Counseling Research and Practice, 8(2), 136-154.

Perryman, K., Moss, R., & Cochran, K. (2017). Child-Centered expressive arts and play therapy: School groups for at-risk adolescent girls. International Journal of Play Therapy. In N.G. Mazza (Ed.), Expressive therapies. United Kingdom: Routledge-Taylor & Francis (Reprinted from The International Journal of Play Therapy, pp. 205-220.