Thesis Title

A Video Proposal about the San Francisco General Hospital and Medical Center Pediatric Play Therapy Program San Francisco, California

Graduation Date

Summer 1995

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy


This video will review the effects of hospitalization from trauma and chronic illness on children and adolescents. It will focus on the therapeutic techniques used in the Pediatric Play Therapy Program at San Francisco General Hospital and Medical Center in San Francisco, California. The video to be produced by this author will depict the uniqueness of the Pediatric Play Therapy Program.

The program addresses the very special needs of children who are victims of violent trauma and is a unique example of treatment in trauma work with pediatric patients. Individuals viewing the video will discover why a pediatric play therapy program is greatly needed in pediatric trauma medicine. The video will address the efficacy of early intervention in the prevention of disruptions in the developmental process. Through the use of trauma-resolution therapy patients "master" their fears and anxieties while they are still in the hospital. They learn to use these skills in coping with their fears and anxieties when they return to their homes, or are placed in foster care.