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Creative Family Therapy Techniques: Play, Art & Expressive Activities to Engage Children in Family Sessions

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Liana Lowenstein

  • Creative Family Therapy Techniques

352 pages
ISBN: 9780968519967

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.

The goal of Creative Family Therapy Techniques is to provide compelling rationale for the involvement of children in family therapy sessions, and to present engaging assessment and treatment techniques for use in these sessions.


  • theoretical overview
  • guidelines for successful practice
  • special tips for working with challenging situations and
  • a variety of assessment and treatment techniques

The interventions have been divided into three sections:

Section 1: Engagement and Assessment Techniques

Section 2: Treatment Techniques

Section 3: Termination Techniques

A variety of activities are provided within each section to enable therapist to choose interventions that suit their clients' specific needs. Each technique outlines specific goals. Materials needed to complete the activity are listed. There are detailed instructions for all activities and a discussion section that further clarifies application and process.

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Favorite Therapeutic Activities for Children, Youth and Families: - Practitioners Share Their Most effective Interventions. This is a creative collection of assessment and treatment techniques for individual, group, and family therapy.

"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

"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