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Creative Family Therapy Techniques

Play, Art, and Expressive Activities to Engage Children in Family Sessions

By Liana Lowenstein (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 313 pages
Other Information: b/w illus
Published In: Canada, 01 October 2010
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 specialisations will find a plethora of stimulating and useable clinical interventions in this book.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; Theoretical Overview; Section One: Engagement & Assessment Techniques -- Basketball; Beach Ball Game; Boat-Storm-Lighthouse Assessment; Bull's Eye Assessment; Create-A-Family Collage; Family Genograms Using Miniature Objects; Family Strength Genogram; Family Strengths & Needs Game; Family Timeline; Family Trivia Game; First Session Family Card Game; The Flowers & the Weeds; I'm An Animal; My Family As Animals; My Life in the Sandtray; Our Family Life Scavenger Hunt; Our Family Has a Whole World to Play With; Rappin' Family Puppet Interview; Recipe for Success; Thought Bubbles; Video Crew; What is My Role in the Family? Section Two: Treatment Techniques -- Attachment Sandtray; Avoiding Landmines; Beat the Record Routine Race; Behavior Remote; Birthday Celebration; Box of Memories; Building Together-Understanding Together; Chains of Change; Closing Time; Creating a Better World for Our Children; The Doves & the Hunter; Dream-enacting with a Family; Exploding Balloons; Family Jenga; Family Locogram; Family Orchestra; Family Sculpting with Puppets; Family Spectogram; Family-Structured Play; Feeling Body Sculpting; Feeling Checkers; Feelings Hide & Seek; Five Important Things; Follow the Big Leader; Garden of Birds; Hurt Hearts & Healing Hands; Hut! Hut! Hike!; Land of No Rules; Let It Rip!; Love Bug; Make Your Own Board Game; Mapping; Messages in Art; Modified Scribble; Mr. Opposite Man/Miss Opposite Lady; My Story; Nighttime Protection Potion; Piece of the Pie; Pulled From a Hat; Puppet Movie; Red Light, Green Light ... A New Light; Royal Family; Sculpture Musical Chairs; Self-Image; Sibling Rivalry; Silence Ball; Sneaking; Stories Within; Storytelling Card Game; Tiger, Mouse, & Monkey Work Together: An Animal Parts Party for Families; Toss the Ball; W4: Wish, Worry, Why, & Will; Waberjocky Island; Walk a Mile in My Shoes; What Would They Say?; What's the Weather?; When I...; When I Was Your Age: PhotoTherapy Techniques for Families; Wilderness Trail; World Creation; Yuehong Sandplay Encouragement Method. Section Three: Termination Techniques -- Family Shield; Healing Animals; Helping Hands; Last Session; Family Card Game; Thank-You Cards.

About the Author

Liana Lowenstein is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Play Therapist and Supervisor who has been working with children and their families since 1988. She has authored numerous books, including the highly acclaimed Paper Dolls and Paper Airplanes: Therapeutic Exercises for Sexually Traumatized Children (1997), Creative Interventions for Troubled Children & Youth (1999), Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce (2006), and Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children (2006). She is the editor of Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families (Volumes One through Three) and Creative Family Therapy Techniques. Her recently launched Cory series will include volumes that help children cope with issues of divorce, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. She is known as a dynamic speaker and presents trainings internationally on topics related to child and family therapy. Lianas website offers free resources for mental health professionals including a free eBook of assessment and treatment activities:

EAN: 9780968519967
ISBN: 0968519962
Publisher: Champion Press
Dimensions: 27.69 x 21.34 x 2.54 centimetres (1.00 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Vicky Contreras on
This is gold! I love the way that the book is structured and therr are so many techniques that you are bound to find something to use with families. I have used some of the techniques with clients and they have worked a treat! I highly recommend this book!

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