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Liana Lowenstein has done excellent work in compiling excellent interventions that will help a child throughout their therapeutic journey. It has everything from letter samples for the parents to a curriculum for group counseling as well. Each intervention also has an explanation on how this will help the kids from ages 7 to 12. I am excited to begin to use these interventions with my clients and their families.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Liana Lowenstein's books are packed with engaging and innovative techniques for use with children, teens and families. If you're looking for a book to work with children and youth struggling with divorce, you've found it! Packed full of creative interventions, this useful manual provides a valuable resource for your practice.
~Sueann Kenney-Noziska, MSW, LICW, LCSW, RPT-S /Play Therapy Corner, Inc.
Posted November 10, 2010
From the theoretical overview, to creative interventions that address issues such self-esteem, changes, and worries about relationships later in life, this book gives clinicians many, many ways to tackle divorce in therapy. The feel better bag is an excellent way to help children develop a coping toolbox. I love the tangible nature of it, especially for younger children. So often, clinicians are left to fend for themselves when developing groups, but this resource even gives suggestions for activities for working with children in a group. This can lend itself to working with siblings as well! A book that will surely be worn from use in no time!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 26, 2010
This is the first book I have seen that contains truly creative and engaging therapeutic activities to use with children dealing with divorce. The activities can be used with children in many settings. There is a curriculum that can be used in therapy or support groups, and a chapter of activities to use in family therapy. In addition, there is a handout for parents to provide them with tips on how to support their children through the separation/divorce process. The theoretical overview covers important topics such as the impact of divorce on children at different ages and stages, and how to work with cases involving Parental Alienation. This book is among the best I have seen on this topic, and it will be an invaluable resource for therapists, counselors, support group facilitators, etc. Other books on this topic I recommend:
Dinosaurs Divorce (Krasny & Brown)
Was It The Chocolate Pudding? (Levins & Langdo)
Jennifer Kolari MSW.,RSW
Author of Connected Parenting
Posted May 20, 2010
I have been using Ms. Lowenstein's books for many years in my work with children and adolescents. These books are always within in reach when I work with children as I feel they are quite instrumental in my work. What I like about them is that they focused on issues--divorce, grief, loss, bereavement, troubled youth-- that most books don't discuss as clearly. In my work with various populations I found Ms. Lowenstein's activities to be readily adaptable to every situation.
The activities are creative and allow the child or adolescent to focus on what activity they are completing while not realizing that they are doing a therapeutic activity. It is a great addition to talk therapy aiding a youth who has difficulty verbalizing their feelings. Children often lose their voice when they experience difficult situations and these activities aid in restoring it for them. The activities are easy to implement and don't require a great deal of prep time. However, the clinician should be prepared prior to implementing each activity.
Every social worker, clinically trained counselor, psychologist and play therapist should have her books as a part of their therapeutic library. I feel they are the most practical resource for professionals who are working with children with the issues that these books address--bereavement, divorce and trauma.
Make sure your shelves include: Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children, CI for Children of Divorce, CI for Troubled Youth and the other books written by Ms. Lowenstein.
This is another great resource from Lowenstein. This book focuses strictly on children struggling with issues of divorce and it is wonderful! It is easy to use and has a well laid out format. The activities are creative and fun to use with the clients. As well the theoretical overview about divorce and the references and suggested reading section is very helpful. This book is something that I have used over and over again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.