This paper is predominately focused on the exploration of the research available on play therapy and its efficacy with Latinx children. Play therapy is a counseling approach used to process behaviors and emotions in children through interactive play. There are several modalities to play, which all stem from Sigmund Freud’s landmark work with “Little Hans”; these modalities are applied to help children process issues in their lives. However, multicultural considerations have not always been traditionally present in the broader counseling community in the United States. Since the Latinx population is the fastest growing minority in the U.S. with rich, diverse and complex cultures, multicultural counseling approaches with this population need consideration. Thus, considerations for the use of play therapy with the Latinx population are discussed in this paper. Research on play therapy with Latinx children is scarce but that which is available showed to be effective when appropriately implemented.

Keywords: play therapy, Latinx, multicultural considerations

Date of Award

Fall 12-9-2021

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Dr. Dawnette Cigrand


Winona, MN

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.



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