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Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families, Volume Two: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective

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Liana Lowenstein

  • Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families, Volume Two

176 pages
ISBN: 9780968519950

In this second volume, highly acclaimed author 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.

As children typically feel anxious and are reluctant to talk directly about their thoughts and feelings the activities are creative and play-based to engage children and help them to safely express themselves. The interventions aim to capture and sustain children's interest and motivation in therapy, while helping them express themselves within the context of a safe therapeutic environment.

The activities in this publication have been divided into the following sections:

  • Engagement and Assessment
  • Feelings Expression
  • Social Skills
  • Coping & Problem-Solving
  • Self-Esteem, and Termination

The book begins with assessment activities with diagnostic tools to assist in treatment planning. The remaining sections provide activities to help clients master key emotional and behavioural competencies, such as identifying and expressing feeling states, strengthening interpersonal skills, learning coping strategies, and enhancing self-esteem. A variety of activities are provided within each section, so that practitioners can choose interventions that suit their clients' specific needs.

The last section of the book presents interventions that can be incorporated as part of the client's termination process.

Each activity recommends age suitability, with goals for the activity are outlined. Materials needed to complete the activity are listed. The book includes detailed instructions for all activities and a discussion section that further clarifies application and process.

A “must have” for mental health professionals seeking to add creative interventions to their repertoire.

Table of Contents

Section1: Engagement and Assessment

  • All About Me Show and Tell - Katherine Arkell
  • Assessment Etch-A-Sketch Inquiry - David L. Olguin
  • Calling the Opposite - Mariela Novas
  • Colored Candy Go Around - Katherine Arkell
  • Can You Kazoo? - Dawn Chalker
  • Clay Sculpture - Sharlene Weitzman
  • Draw-Switch - Sophia Labonte
  • Etch Assess - Michelle Calvert
  • Ice Breaker - Sueann Kenney-Noziska
  • Pieces of Me - Mistie D. Barnes
  • The Three Open Doors - David A. Crenshaw
  • Time Machine - M.E. Leroy
  • YouTube Your World - Brenda Sousa

Section 2: Feelings Expression

  • All Tangled Up - Paris Goodyear-Brown
  • Catch a Feeling Game - Megan Logan
  • Clay Apples - Rinda Blom
  • Floating Feelings - Pam Dyson
  • If Feelings Talk, It Feels Better - Cecilia Pintos
  • Life Stories - Megan Logan
  • SNAP! Feeling Card Game - Marinel Read

Section 3: Social Skills

  • Chop Stick StackBrijin Gardner
  • Hula Hoop Boundaries - Andrea P. Janis-Towey
  • Positive Peer Compliments
  • Patrice Yee Marshall
  • My Feelings Face - Priscilla Muller
  • On the Other Hands - Susan Melzer
  • Playing With Rainbows - Bridget Revell
  • Red or Black - Nicole LaRochelle
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs - Stella Krauss
  • The Blanket - Allan M. Gonsher
  • UNO - Erin Dickerson
  • Where Does It Belong? - Gwendolyn Heinrichs

Section Four: Coping and Problem-Solving

  • Anger Menu - Angela M. Cavett
  • Bag of Rocks - Sally A. Loughrin
  • Boo-Boos - Patty Scanlon
  • Cool and Calm Feather Breathing Dragon - Joanne Gobeil
  • Dreaming - Lizzie Brostella
  • Footsteps - Pauline Youlin
  • Fort Coping - Anthony R. Holmes
  • Identity Shield - Salomeh Mohajer
  • Juggling Problems - Megan Logan
  • My Future in the Crystal Ball - Stephanie Niewoehner
  • Nifty-Twisty Keychain - Shannon Chastain
  • Shot on the Spot - Colleen Hekkanen
  • Think Outside the Box - Catherine E. Graham
  • Worry Doll - Heather Truschel
  • Worry Touchdowns - Beth Farrell

Section 5: Self-Esteem

  • Blind Self Session - Mercedes Borrayo
  • Bucket Filling - Katherine Arkell
  • Empowering Bracelets - Sarah M. Thome
  • Get Out of Jail - Liana Lowenstein
  • Inside the Special Box - Debra Danilewitz
  • My Treasure - Kerry DeBay
  • Self-Esteem Bingo - Shannon Culy
  • Self-Esteem Brainstorm - Patricia Migliaccio
  • Self-Esteem Machine - L. Erin Swan
  • The Decisions You Make - Sophia Labonte
  • Write on Board - Sonya Waddell
  • You’re a Star - Jodi Crane

Section Six: Termination

  • My Therapy Journey - Pam Martin
  • My Wish for You - Abbie M. Flinner
  • Putting the Puzzle Pieces of Resiliency Together - Angela M. Cavett
  • Word Search - Jennifer Boshis and Sheryn Ricker

"This book is a great resource for practitioners. It is organized into sections to assist with easily locating activities related to a specific topic and the activity descriptions are very comprehensive. Each activity includes goals, recommended age group, treatment modality, and materials needed. The discussion section for each activity assists the practitioner with processing the activity with clients. What more could you ask for?"
- Jacqueline Swank, LCSW, RPT, Child and Family Therapist, Orlando, FL

"This book is a welcome companion to the first volume of Assessment and Treatment Activities. Liana Lowenstein has again collected techniques from over 50 practitioners to share with us. And once more, I find myself eager to use many of these innovative activities to enhance my work with children, teens, and families. Following the same format as the first book, these creative techniques are organized into sections covering areas such as assessment, feelings, problem-solving, and termination. The activities are fun and engaging, are described clearly and concisely, and are followed by thoughtful discussion of their purpose, possible variations, and factors to consider. This book is a wonderful resource!"
- Rivka Beer, M.Ed., Private Practice, Toronto, ON

"This book includes many different therapeutic techniques provided by practitioners from around the world! It is great to get such a variety of knowledge and experience all in one book. It's clearly a book that is needed on every child and family therapist's book shelf!"
- Molly Gratton, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S, President, Idaho Association for Play Therapy, Boise, ID