Facilitator: Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S
SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute
This Training is Suitable for: Mental health professionals who provide therapy/counseling to children, youth and families.
Description: A best-selling author, and one of Canada's foremost presenters on childhood trauma, Liana Lowenstein will be delivering a 1-day workshop on how to engage hard to reach youth, children and families. You will learn tips, tricks, and techniques to engage children, adolescents and parents in therapy, and maximize the potential for change. Emphasis will be on play-based, expressive arts techniques for use with preschool, school-aged, and adolescent clients. You will also learn strategies for engaging parents in therapy, as well as activities for use in child-focused family therapy sessions. More
Working with difficult to engage clients can be frustrating and challenging, even for seasoned clinicians. The challenge of working with younger clients in therapy can be further compounded by their fear of entering therapy, their lack of control over the decision to attend therapy, their feeling of being scapegoated for family problems, their lack of motivation for treatment, and their developmental capacity which can make it difficult for them to respond to traditional talk-therapy.
The first step in working with hard to engage clients is understanding the reasons underlying what has been called "resistance". The second step involves engaging clients in the therapeutic process. Best-selling author and one of Canada's foremost presenters on childhood trauma, Liana Lowenstein will outline the factors that underlie engaging hard-to-reach children and families. She will present tips, tricks, and techniques to engage children, adolescents, and parents in therapy and maximize potential for change. Emphasis will be on play-based, expressive arts techniques for use with preschool, school-aged, and adolescent clients. This will include therapeutic games, art, music, and stories. Strategies for engaging parents in therapy will be outlined, as well as activities for use in child-focused family therapy sessions.
The techniques will be applied to specific clinical examples to illustrate how they can build rapport, facilitate open communication, and help the client work through treatment goals.
This training will combine PowerPoint presentation, activity demonstrations, videos of client sessions, and experiential exercises.
Describe the factors underlying therapeutic resistance.
Implement creative interventions to facilitate rapport-building with children of all ages.
Utilize innovative strategies to engage resistant, hard to serve parents
Implement play-based and expressive arts techniques with clients who are reluctant to verbally articulate their thoughts and feelings
Utilize activities for child-focused family therapy sessions
About the Presenter:
Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S, is a Registred Clinical Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT Therapist who has been working with children and their families since 1988. She presents trainings across North America and abroad. She provides clinical supervision to mental health practitioners, runs a play-therapy internship program, and consults to several mental health agencies. She has authored numerous books including: Paper Dolls and Paper Airplanes: Therapeutic Exercises for Sexually Traumatized Children; Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children; Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce; Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety; and Cory Helps Kids Cope with Sexual Abuse. She is winner of the Monica Herbert award for outstanding contribution to play therapy in Canada.