Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety

Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety

by Liana Lowenstein


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Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety by Liana Lowenstein

Packed with innovative cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to help child clinicians engage, assess, and treat children with a variety of anxiety symptoms and disorders. Therapeutic games, art, stories, and other creative activities address the key components of CBT: Psychoeducation, relaxation, affective expression, cognitive coping, exposure, and parent training. Includes practical strategies for overcoming common clinical challenges plus interventions and handouts for parents. An invaluable resource for mental health practitioners seeking creative ways to make CBT engaging and child-friendly. Geared to children aged 6 to 12.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780995172500
Publisher: Champion Press
Publication date: 09/14/2016
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Liana Lowenstein, MSW, CPT-S, is a Registered Social Worker, Certified TF-CBT Therapist, and Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor who has worked with children and their families since 1988. In addition to her clinical practice in Toronto, she consults to mental health agencies, runs a Play Therapy Internship Program, and speaks at agency training events and conferences locally and internationally. She is the founder of Champion Press Publishing Company and has authored numerous publications, including the highly-acclaimed books Paper Dolls and Paper Airplanes: Therapeutic Exercises for Sexually Traumatized Children (with Crisci & Lay, 1997), Creative Interventions for Troubled Children & Youth (1999), Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children (2006), Cory Helps Kids Cope with Divorce (2013), and Cory Helps Kids Cope with Sexual Abuse (2014). She has also edited the books Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques (Volumes One through Three) and Creative Family Therapy Techniques: Play, Art, and Expressive Activities to Engage Children in Family Sessions. She is winner of the Monica Herbert award for outstanding contribution and dedication to child psychotherapy and play therapy in Canada. For more information please visit

Table of Contents

Activities at a Glance


Section 1—Initial Meeting with Parents
Parent Questionnaire
Information Sheet for Parents: Therapy for Childhood Anxiety

Section 2—Engagement and Assessment
Welcome Letter
Jamie's Story (Chapter One: Getting Help)
How About You?
Five Favorites
Sticky Dots
Butterflies in My Stomach
Red and Black Card Game
People in My World

Section 3—Psychoeducation
Jamie's Story (Chapter Two: Learning About Anxiety)
Crumpled Paper Throw
Close Far Game
Information Sheet for Parents: Learning About Anxiety

Section 4—Relaxation
Cookie Breathing Game
Awesome App
Tight-Relax Game
Information Sheet for Parents: Relaxation

Section 5—Affective Expression
Jamie's Story (Chapter Three: Feelings)
Guess Which Hand
Air Hockey Feelings Game
Information Sheet for Parents: Feelings

Section 6—Cognitive Coping
Letting the Butterflies Out of the Bag
Jamie's Story (Chapter Four: Helpful Thoughts)
Helpful Thoughts
Bug Off!
Willy's Worries and the Wise Wizard
Information Sheet for Parents: Helpful Thoughts

Section 7—Exposure
Jamie's Story (Chapter Five: Facing Fears)
Picture It Poster
Play Clay Role-Play
Best Friend Role-Play
Information Sheet for Parents: Facing Fears

Section 8—Parenting Skills
Brag Book (Child Version)
Brag Book (Parent Version)
Table Talk
Reward Bag
Play Date
Success Story

Section 9—Termination
Cookie Jar
Balloon Bash
Crumpled Paper Throw: The Sequel
Coping with Anxiety Envelope Game
Information Sheet for Parents: Termination

Appendix A: Teacher Questionnaire

Appendix B: Supporting Anxious Students: Tips for School Personnel

Appendix C: Points Tracking Sheet

Appendix D: Therapy Feedback Form

Appendix E: Sample Graduation Letter

Appendix F: Guidelines for Letter from the Parents

Appendix G: Books and Resources for Children

References and Suggested Reading


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