Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Davis, Tom

Second Advisor

Sevilla, Olivia

Third Advisor

Chang, Janet C.


This thesis will explore the perceptions about the effectiveness of play therapy among parents. This study will work with Bilingual Family Counseling Services, (BFCS) in Ontario, with their school based program. Their school based program runs throughout the Montclair and Ontario school districts and helps counsel children with behavioral problems who are from 5-12 years of age with play therapy. The issue that will be addressed in this study is to find out through the perception of the parent whether or not play therapy has been effective with their child. This study will survey parents about their child's progress throughout intervention. The survey will consist of questions that target improvement of their child such as classroom behavior, attendance, participation, attitude, etc.