Help children to stay on top of "big" feelings like anger, sadness and anxiety with this ingeniously easy-to-use therapy toolkit. Focusing on making therapy for children both purposeful and playful, the book provides 47 activities to transform your sessions using everyday materials and a variety of tried-and-tested therapy models.
The authors deliver sage advice on how to work with children, adapting your approach for different age groups and judging how and when to involve parents and teachers. The handy reference table allows you to quickly fish out the perfect activity for the moment, according to the emotion the child is experiencing, or the therapeutic method needed. With its winning mix of creative resources and clinical expertise, all wrapped up in a simple and practical format, this is the ideal companion for both new and experienced therapists working with children aged 4-12.
Dr Fiona Zandt is a clinical psychologist who currently works at the Royal Children's Hospital and has a successful private practice in Melbourne. She has over 15 years' experience working with children and families with a broad range of psychological difficulties. Dr Suzanne Barrett is a clinical psychologist who has over 17 years' experience working therapeutically with children and families as well as significant experience in training and supervising psychologists working with children. She previously worked for the Royal Children's Hospital Mental Health Service, and now has a successful private practice in Melbourne.
Acknowledgements. Foreword by Dr Lesley Bretherton. Preface. Part 1 - Therapeutic work with children and families. 1. Therapeutic frameworks and why working with children is different. 2. The importance of assessment. 3. Purposeful and playful therapy. 4. Working with families and schools. 5. Developmental considerations when working with children. 6. Key approaches and helpful ideas. 7. How to use this book. Part 2 - Creative therapeutic activities. Appendix - Our favorite children's books for therapy. Reference list.