The Therapist's Notebook for Children and Adolescents: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Psychotherapy / Edition 1

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In The Therapist's Notebook for Children and Adolescents, 2nd ed, you'll find the most powerful tools available for aiding children with their feelings, incorporating play techniques into therapy, encouraging appropriate parental involvement in family sessions, and providing group therapy to children. This ready reference is divided into ten thoughtfully planned sections to make it easy to find the right activity, handout, or intervention for the problem at hand, whether you’re looking for creative ideas, running a children’s group, putting interventions into practice in the classroom, or looking for ways to increase parental and familial involvement. Instructions for the activities are clearly explained and highlighted with case examples and many illustrations. Chapters are by leading experts, including Eliana Gil, Risë VanFleet, Liana Lowenstein, Howard Rosenthal, and Volker Thomas, and explore strategies for treating children both individually and in a family context. With more than 60% new material, this expanded version delves into the latest research and thinking on family play therapy and addresses many pertinent issues of our time, including bullying, suicidal ideation, ADHD, autism, adolescents and sex, and cultural issues. It’s a must-have arsenal for both novice and experienced professionals in family therapy, play therapy, psychology, psychiatry, counseling, education, nursing, and related fields.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Remarkable for its breadth and depth, The Therapist’s Notebook for Children and Adolescents, 2nd edition, is the indispensable reference for play and expressive child and family therapies. Sori, Hecker, and Bachenberg offer a treasure trove of play strategies for virtually any child and adolescent issue. The second edition is mostly new and thoroughly updated. The strategies can be adapted to most theoretical orientations and all are practical and field tested. If I had to choose one book for my play therapy and family therapy libraries, this would be it!"

—Douglas H. Sprenkle, PhD, professor of marriage and family therapy emeritus, Purdue University

"The Therapist’s Notebook for Children and Adolescents, 2nd edition, contains a potpourri of innovative techniques and strategies for conducting individual, family, and group psychotherapy. The notebook is transtheoretical in nature, so it will appeal to therapists from diverse orientations and disciplines who wish to broaden and strengthen their knowledge and skills. Highly recommended!"

—Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S, professor emeritus of psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and cofounder and director emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy

"In the updated edition of this classic book, Sori and colleagues once again have pulled together a treasure chest full of innovative and inspired ideas to treat children and families. This book will spark readers’ creativity and is an absolute must have for practitioners and for training programs in counseling, play therapy, and family therapy. Chapters illustrate playful ways to engage children and families in the therapeutic process, and they also address many serious issues facing today’s youths and families, including many new exercises and handouts on bullying, suicidal ideation, ADHD, autism, adolescents and sex, and cultural issues. This book is resplendent with field-tested ideas written by some of the masters in the fields of family therapy and play therapy. A brilliant book to refer to whenever you need information and inspiration!"

—Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD, Distinguished Professor of Adlerian Psychology, Adler University

"The second edition of The Therapist’s Notebook for Children and Adolescents definitely exceeds the first. It is an exceptional guide for working with children. I strongly recommend it for those who work with children and adolescents and believe it should be required reading in all clinical training programs."

—Joseph L. Wetchler, PhD, professor of marriage and family therapy at Purdue University Calumet and coeditor of An Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy, 2nd ed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789010964
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: Haworth Practical Practice in Mental Health Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 831,360
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Ford Sori, PhD, LMFT, is professor in the division of psychology and counseling at Governors State University, where she is also leader of the marriage and family track. She has won numerous faculty excellence awards, and is the mental health consultant for the Early Head Start Program at the Family Development Center. Dr. Sori is also associate faculty at the Chicago Center for Family Health, an affiliate of the University of Chicago. She is a clinical fellow and AAMFT-approved supervisor, and is a member of APT and ACA. This is Dr. Sori’s seventh book, and she has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters. For many years, Dr. Sori was a professional musician and music instructor. She lives in Indiana with her husband John, and is training their dog, Abella, to become a play therapy canine.

Lorna L. Hecker, PhD, is faculty in the marriage and family therapy program in the department of behavioral sciences at Purdue University–Calumet in Hammond, Indiana. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified in healthcare privacy and security (CHPS) and a clinical fellow and AAMFT-approved supervisor. She is also the director of the Purdue University Calumet Couple and Family Therapy Center. She edited Couple and Professional Issues in Couple and Family Therapy (Routledge), and is co-editor (with J. Wetchler) of An Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy, in addition to four other books of therapeutic activities.

Molli E. Bachenberg, MA, NCC, is currently a doctoral candidate in the counselor education and supervision program at Governors State University, where she is also a full time university lecturer in the masters and undergraduate programs. Her areas of research and specialty include addressing sexual issues in training and counseling, and using playful techniques when working with adolescents and children, especially in sex-related topics.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors
Therapist Attitudes About Play
1 Feeling Faces Prevent Scary Places 3
2 Deflating Fear 9
3 A Child's Impossible and Scariest Tasks 18
4 Soaring Above Stress: Using Relaxation and Visualization with Anxious Children 25
5 Getting to Know the Characters Inside Me: Children Coping with Thoughts and Feelings 40
6 Play Genograms 49
7 Strengthening Parent-Child Attachment with Play: Filial Play Therapy 57
8 Using Play to Help Parents Share Difficult Information with Young Children 64
9 Explaining to Parents the Use of Play in Family Therapy 71
10 Family Sandplay: Strengthening the Parent-Child Bond 79
11 Spin Me a Yarn: Breaking the Ice and Warming the Heart 83
12 Co-Art: A Joining Activity for Therapists and Younger Clients 92
13 Using LIFE to Explore Children's Worlds 96
14 Learning and School-Related Problems in Childhood 103
15 Superman versus the Monster: Assisting a Young Child with Nightmares 112
16 "Mommy Is a Restless Sleeper" 116
17 Secret Signals Soothe Separation Stress 125
18 A Brief Assessment of Social Competency Skills in Preschool and Early Elementary School Children 132
19 Children's Understanding of Death 143
20 Tips for Parents When There Is Illness in the Family 150
21 Scrapbooking During Traumatic and Transitional Events 157
22 Animal-Assisted Therapy for Sexually Abused Children 163
23 Using Adolescents As Consultants in Therapy 171
24 Creating a Participating Role for Adolescents in Group and Family Therapy 180
25 Silent Scream: Opening Adolescent Communication 185
26 The Places You'll Go: Developing Hope and Self-Efficacy 192
27 Therapeutic Letters to Young Persons 199
28 Parental Involvement in an Adolescent's Career Decision Process 204
29 Improving Behavior and Identities of Youths: Exploring and Creating Culturally Relevant Masks 211
30 Judge and Jury: A Creative Approach to Discussing Sex with Teens 218
31 The Use of Consultants in Play Therapy: Narrative Practices with Young Children 225
32 Integrating Externalization and Scaling Questions: Using Visual Scaling to Amplify Children's Voices 230
33 Becoming the Author of Your Life: Writing Stories of Change 237
34 Jumanji 242
35 A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Getting to Know a Child's World Through Photographs 247
36 Champion Pack 252
37 The Family Play Planner: Playing Together, Staying Together 261
38 Kidsculpt: Children's Role in Marital and Family Therapy 270
39 Special Time Activities 279
40 Anger Collage 291
41 Director's Chair 296
42 Using Children's Books in Family Therapy 302
43 The Parent's Guide to Good Divorce Behavior 323
44 Ten Commandments for Stepfamilies 330
45 Helping Parents Understand and Use Natural and Logical Consequences 336
46 Helping Parents Use the Time-Out Procedure 342
Index 349
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