In this comprehensive resource, Liana Lowenstein has compiled an impressive collection of techniques from experienced practitioners. Interventions are outlined for engaging, assessing, and treating children of all ages and their families. Activities address a range of issues including, Feelings Expression, Social Skills, Self-Esteem, and Termination. A "must have" for mental health professionals seeking to add creative interventions to their repertoire.
“Liana Lowenstein is well known in the field of children’s mental health and continually offers practical and effective tools and activities for clinicians to use in their work. In this book she has gathered a diverse collection of helpful techniques from a diverse group of professionals. Anyone working with children, youth or families are sure to find many activities which can be quickly and easily utilized in their clinical work. This book is a must have resource.”
-Greg Lubimiv, MSW, CPT-S, Phoenix Centre, Pembroke, ON;
author of Wings for Our Children
"A delightful addition to the world of play therapy techniques! This well-organized volume, with over 50 contributors, offers a wide variety of activities in a quick and easy format for busy clinicians. It will surely become a well-used book for practitioners seeking creative and therapeutically-stimulating interventions for their child and teen clients. Highly recommended!"
- Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, MA, RPT-S, Astor Home for Children, Poughkeepsie, NY
“Every so often a true gem is discovered in the field of child therapy that quickly becomes the gold standard. Liana Lowenstein skillfully selected some of today’s best clinicians and combines their favorite techniques into a true treasure. Anyone who wants to help children, teens, and families overcome obstacles will want this book. I can’t wait to implement these activities in my practice!”
- Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S, Healing Kidz, Lake Charles, LA
Katherine Arkell, MSW, LCSW
Brenda Bierdeman, Psy.D., CPT-P
Kimberly Blackmore, MC
Amy Brace, LMSW, ACSW
Donicka Budd, CYC (P-Cert)
Felicia Carroll, M.Ed., MA
Natalie Caufield, MSW, RSW
Michelle Cotnoir, MSW, RSW
Mary Cowper-Smith, MSW, RSW
David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP, RPT-S
Cynthia A. Dodge, Ph.D.
Pam Dyson, MA, PLPC
Kim L. Flournoy, MSW
Theresa Fraser, C.C.W., B.A
Diane Frey, Ph.D., RPT-S
Deborah Armstrong Hickey, LMFT, RPT-S
Susan T. Howson, MA, CPCC, CHBC
Susan Kelsey, M.S., MFT, RPT-S
Sueann Kenney-Noziska, MSW, LISW, RPT-S
Connie-Jean Latam, D.N.M.
Norma Leben, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, RPT-S, CPT-P
Christy L. Livingston, MFT
Sally A. Loughrin, LMSW, MA
Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S
Tina Luna, BASc
Jennifer Mariaschin, LMSW
Kathryn A. Markell, Ph.D.
Marc A. Markell, Ph.D., C.T
Maxine McCleery Bowden, MA
Sara McCool, MSW., LCSW., RPT
Evangeline Munns, PhD.,CPsych., RPT-S
Kim D. O’Connor, M.Ed.
Denise O’Neill, ECE C
Sheila Ostroff, MA., CCC.CPT.CGRC.
Leahanne Prolas, M.Ed
Tammy Reis, MSW, RSW
Adriana Ribas, Ph.D.
Maria Roberts, LCSW, RPT-S
Cherilyn Rowland Petrie, L.M.H.C.
Lawrence Rubin, Ph.D., RPT-S
Ceilidh Eaton Russell, BA, CLSt. Dip.
Jodi Smith LCSW, RPT-S
Chrissy Snead, M.Ed, LPC
Cyndi Starzyk-Frey, M.Ed., RSW
Lisa Stein, MA
Jacqueline M. Swank, LCSW, RPT
Lysa Toye, MSW, RSW, Dip. EXAT
Lorie Walton, M.Ed., CPT-S
Barbara Jones Warrick, M.Ed., CPT-S
Sarah Wells, BA
Lynn R. Zakeri, LCSW
About the Editor:
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.