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Creative Interventions for Engaging Resistant Children in Therapy
June 2, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
I Don’t Wanna Talk About it:
Creative Interventions for Working with Hard to Engage Children in Therapy
Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S
DATE: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
TIME: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
VENUE: LIVE WEBINAR
Includes technical support, handouts, and Continuing Education credits
Registration is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis
Working with difficult to engage clients can be frustrating and challenging, even for seasoned clinicians. The challenge of working with younger clients in therapy can be further compounded by their fear of entering therapy, their lack of control over the decision to attend therapy, their feeling of being scapegoated for family problems, their lack of motivation for treatment, and their developmental capacity which can make it difficult for them to respond to traditional talk-therapy.
The first step in working with hard to engage clients is understanding the reasons underlying their resistance. The second step involves engaging clients in the therapeutic process. The presenter will outline various factors that underlie therapeutic resistance. Interventions will be presented to engage children in therapy and to maximize potential for change. Emphasis will be on play-based, expressive arts techniques including therapeutic games, art, and stories.
Liana Lowenstein is internationally recognized for her innovative books and workshops. She has helped thousands of therapists around the world learn how to connect with children in person and online
- Describe the factors underlying therapeutic resistance.
- Implement creative interventions to facilitate rapport-building with children of all ages.
- Implement play-based and expressive arts techniques with clients who are reluctant to verbally articulate their thoughts and feelings.
Schedule for morning
10:00–10:30: Definition of resistance and factors underlying resistance
30-11:00: Techniques to build therapeutic rapport
11-11:15: Techniques to build motivation for therapy
11:15-12: Play-based and expressive arts interventions to engage children in therapy
Check out Liana’s article (includes a list of resources for online therapy with children):
Creative Interventions for Online Therapy with Children: Techniques to Build Rapport: https://bit.ly/2WObw6O
Get 20% off Liana’s books with discount code PC14: www.lianalowenstein.com
Meet the Instructor:
Liana Lowenstein is a Registered Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT Therapist who has been working with children and their families in Toronto since 1988. She presents trainings across North America and abroad. Recent speaking engagements include China, South Africa, Israel, England, and Australia. She provides clinical supervision to mental health practitioners, and consults to mental health agencies. Liana’s 12 books on child and family therapy are known internationally for their innovative and practical techniques. She is winner of the Monica Herbert award for outstanding contribution to play therapy in Canada.
Continuing Education Credit (2) is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions: Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and LMFTs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.
Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. #SW-0444.
Recommended reading to prepare for the workshop:
Crenshaw, D. A., & Malchiodi, C.A. (Eds.) (2017). What to do when children clam up in psychotherapy. New York: Guilford.
Crenshaw, D.A., & Kenney-Noziska, S. (2014). Therapeutic presence in play therapy. International Journal of Play Therapy, 23(1), 31-43.
Lowenstein, L. (2002). More creative interventions for troubled children and youth. Toronto, ON: Champion Press.
Lowenstein, L. (2014). Creative CBT interventions for children with anxiety. Toronto, ON: Champion Press.
Newman, C.F. (1994). Understanding client resistance: Methods for enhancing motivation to change. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 1, 47-69.
Target audience: Mental Health & Associated Professionals,
May 30, 2020 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.
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