Includes reproducible worksheets, sample forms, and theoretical overview for practitioners
This best-selling collection is filled with creative assessment and treatment interventions to help clients identify feelings, learn coping strategies, enhance social skills, and elevate self-esteem. A wealth of practical tools for practitioners working with children in individual, group, and family counseling. Activities are geared to 4-16 year-old clients.
"Mental health professionals are sure to find a number of creative ideas that they can put right to use in their practice. Highly recommended."
—- Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D
Professor of Psychology and Director of Psychological Services, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Author of Foundations of Play Therapy and Innovative Psychotherapy Techniques in Children and Adolescent Therapy
"Creative Interventions for Troubled Children and Youth is a must for every therapist working with children and adolescents. Liana Lowenstein has a way of presenting techniques in a clear and practical manner. Clinicians will find the material in this text to be simple yet innovative. I highly recommend this book as a valuable resource for anyone who works with troubled youth."
—- Sandra Foster, MA
President, Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy
"This work by Liana Lowenstein is the essence of creativity itself. The activities are based on sound developmental principles and grounded in a rich understanding of the psychological issues that children and youth struggle with. The book is written in a clear and accessible format that all those who work with troubled children will find imaginative and inspirational. Truly, a fine addition to the professional bookshelf."
—- William S. Rowe, Ph.D.
Director, School of Social Work, McGill University
Author of Children and Violence: Our Individual, Family, and Collective Responsibility and Social Work Practice and Social Justice
"Aptly named, this resource is filled with creative interventions that help our youth to navigate the troubled waters of childhood. Covering topics that range from emotional literacy to self-esteem building, the techniques presented are both practical and playful. The flexible format of the book allows room for interventions to be used for individual, family or group sessions. Mental health professionals who work with children and families will find this a valuable addition to their libraries."
—- Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S
Author of Digging for Buried Treasure: 52 Prop-Based Play Therapy Interventions
About the Author:
Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S, is a Registered Social Worker, Certified TF-CBT Therapist, and Certified Play Therapist Supervisor. She has worked with children and their families since 1988. Her clinical practice in Toronto, Canada, specializes in treating children with a variety of emotional difficulties. In addition to her private practice, she provides clinical supervision and consultation to mental health practitioners and presents trainings across North America and abroad. She served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy for eight years. She is winner of the Monica Hubert award for outstanding contribution and dedication to child psychotherapy and play therapy in Canada. She is the founder of Champion Press Publishing Company and has authored numerous publications, including the books Paper Dolls and Paper Airplanes: Therapeutic Exercises for Sexually Traumatized Children (with Crisci & Lay, 1997), Creative Interventions for Troubled Children & Youth (1999), Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children (2006), Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce (2006), and Cory Helps Kids Cope with Divorce (2013). She has also edited the books Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques (Volumes One through Three) and Creative Family Therapy Techniques: Play, Art, and Expressive Activities to Engage Children in Family Sessions.