To be able to effectively offer therapy to children, complex therapeutic concepts need to be presented in an appropriate and engaging manner. This practical guide provides clinicians with a way in which to do so, with numerous games and imaginative activities to help children aged 4-12 to express and understand their feelings. Part I provides a comprehensive guide to working therapeutically with children and families, while Part II outlines 47 creative therapeutic activities. Each activity is presented with clear instructions using inexpensive and readily available resources and the objective and rationale of each activity is given, making it easily applicable. Activities range from using an easy to make volcano to help children better understand anger, to using a ball of string to illustrate how one person's feelings affect the whole family. This book is an invaluable resource for newly qualified clinicians, and also a treasure trove of creative ideas for experienced therapists.
This should be a very helpful handbook for the child mental health field. -- Professor Margot Prior, Honorary Professor in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne
This text provides an excellent guide which will be useful for inexperienced and experienced therapists alike, based on clinical experience and practical, engaging methods. It promotes a thoughtful orientation to working with children and includes a broad range of creative activities for use with children and families. -- Professor Vicki Anderson, Head of Psychology at the Royal Children's Hospital, with 30+ years of clinical experiences working with children and their families
The great strength of this book lies in the organization, practical format and respectful presentation, which both newly-qualified and experienced clinicians can adapt to their therapeutic practice with children. -- Associate Professor Lesley Bretherton, The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
This is an essential handbook for mental health professionals working collaboratively and respectfully with children and their families. It outlines playful therapeutic approaches to help children identify and communicate difficult feelings and to develop effective coping strategies. -- Dr Deborah Hutchins, Clinical Psychologist, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
A wonderful book for both new and experienced practitioners across all disciplines. With a focus on family inclusive practice throughout ... the interventions are both creative and inspiring! An extremely valuable resource for anyone working therapeutically with children. -- Fran Craig, Mental Health Clinician, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, Melbourne, Australia
At first I thought 'not another manual telling me what to do in my therapy room,' but even a superficial first read showed that this is really intended to give you fresh ideas and approaches that are skilfully thought out and have been put to the test. I would definitely recommend it to be placed on the bookshelf in the therapy room for those days when you need inspiration. -- Jo North, MBACP, psychotherapist for children, adults and families * Children and Young People, BACP *