Packed with innovative Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques to help child clinicians engage, assess, and treat children with anxiety symptoms and disorders. Therapeutic games, art, stories, and other creative activities address the key components of CBT: Psychoeducation, relaxation, affective expression, cognitive coping, exposure, and parent training. Includes practical strategies for overcoming common clinical challenges plus interventions and handouts for parents. An invaluable resource for mental health practitioners seeking creative ways to make CBT engaging and child-friendly. Geared to children aged 6 to 12.
"Lowenstein offers multiple creative, practical activities for delivering interventions in a developmentally sensitive manner. In conjunction with a strong background in the concepts of CBT, this book will help practitioners translate empirically supported techniques into play. It is highly recommended for child therapists."
--Susan M. Knell, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Author of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy
"A very creative, thorough and comprehensive compilation to make CBT appealing to young children, and to enhance rapport and motivation. A valuable resource for therapists, as it provides a range of ideas to engage children in treatment, especially those who are reluctant."
--Aureen Wagner, Ph.D.
The Anxiety Wellness Center
Author of Worried No More
"This volume provides a clear roadmap for clinicians who work with anxious children and utilizes the therapeutic powers of play to augment CBT treatment for this population. Jamie’s story invites children to learn about anxiety through the eyes of a likable character while learning that there is hope for change, while the reproducible handouts for parents invite them deeper into the process and provide psychoeducation that will enhance treatment outcomes. This text will be a welcome addition to the resources of all who work with anxious children."
--Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S
Author of Worry Wars: An Anxiety Workbook for Kids
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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.