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Creative Family Therapy Techniques: Play, Art, and Expressive Activities to Engage Children in Family Sessions
Edited by Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S | Foreword by Augustus Y. Napier
Champion Press / Softcover / Sep 2010
9780968519967 (ISBN-10: 0968519962)
Play, Play Therapy / Couple & Family Studies
price: $39.95
352 pages
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Bringing together an array of highly creative contributors, this comprehensive resource presents a unique collection of assessment and treatment techniques. Contributors illustrate how play, art, drama, and other approaches can effectively engage families and help them resolve complex problems. Practitioners from divergent theoretical orientations, work settings, or client specializations will find a plethora of stimulating and useable clinical interventions in this book.


“Engaging children in the therapy process is often one of the most challenging tasks of the family therapist. Liana Lowenstein has edited a wonderful compendium of helpful family therapy interventions, activities, and techniques for use with children. Drawn from the experiences of in-the-trenches therapists, and unlike most books on family therapy, this book will be immediately useful for all levels of practicing family therapists.”

--Terry S. Trepper, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Purdue University Calumet; Editor, Journal of Family Psychotherapy

"This comprehensive collection contains a wealth of innovative ideas for involving children in family therapy sessions. The techniques are easy to understand and readily implemented in a variety of settings. The interventions are classified into sections so therapists can easily select and apply them. A valuable resource for mental health professionals who work with families."

--Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ; Co-Editor, Family Play Therapy

“Creative Family Therapy Techniques is a valuable and well-organized collection of techniques drawn from play, art, drama, and other creative approaches. The range and variety contained within allows any therapist, educator, or other helping professional to enter into a more experiential, playful, and expressive way of working with families.”

--Joan Phillips, PhD, LMFT, LPC, ATR-BC, Art therapist in private practice, Norman, OK; Professor, University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History

“Lowenstein's book is an exceptional tool for both the experienced family therapist as well as the newly licensed practitioner. A clear and concise introduction to family therapy precedes dozens of creative family therapy techniques thoroughly described by some of the most seasoned family therapists. This resource should be an essential part of every practitioner's library.”

--Gregory K. Moffatt, PhD, Psychologist, Atlanta, GA; Author, A Violent Heart

“All change comes out of new experience. It cannot be otherwise as the same experience simply reinforces what we already knew or were. For me, new experience is always some form of play –non-intentional, without agenda, and intimate. It is, after all, how humans learn most of what they know. Since I believe that this is the pathway to change – which is the goal for clients who come to therapy and therapists who hold themselves out as agents of such change – I think Creative Family Therapy Techniques is a must read. As with all therapy, it is the process, not the facts, that foster growth, change, and movement forward down the path. Here is a wonderful companion to take with you on that journey.”

--Patrick T. Malone, MD, Psychiatrist, Chapel Hill, NC; Author, The Art of Intimacy


About the Editor
Foreword, Augustus Y. Napier, PhD
Theoretical Overview

Section One: Engagement and Assessment Techniques
Basketball, Liana Lowenstein
Beach Ball Game, Trudy Post Sprunk
Boat-Storm-Lighthouse Assessment, Trudy Post Sprunk
Bull's Eye Assessment, Julie R. Plunkett
Create-A-Family Collage, Trudy Post Sprunk
Family Genograms Using Miniature Objects, Lois Carey
Family Strength Genogram, Angela M. Cavett
Family Strengths and Needs Game, Stacey Slobodnick
Family Timeline, Nicole Brickell
Family Trivia Game, Trudy Post Sprunk
First Session Family Card Game, Liana Lowenstein
The Flowers and the Weeds, Greg Lubimiv
I'm An Animal, Connie-Jean Latam
My Family As Animals, Nicole Brickell
My Life in the Sandtray, Sandra Webb
Our Family Life Scavenger Hunt, Angela M. Cavett
Our Family Has a Whole World to Play With, Gisela Schubach De Domenico
Rappin' Family Puppet Interview, Catherine Ford Sort
Recipe for Success, Katherine M. Hertlein

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 Four) and Creative Family Therapy Techniques: Play, Art, and Expressive Activities to Engage Children in Family Sessions.

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