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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Champion Press; 1st edition (July 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096851992X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968519929
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This volume provides a wonderful treasure-chest of appealing and practical aids to assist mental health practitioners in counseling bereaved school-age children. Numerous exercises and games are included that will encourage children to express their complicated feelings about the death of a loved one. Handouts for parents and teachers as well as guidelines for practitioners serve as important resources to assist adults in their efforts to help bereaved children. --Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, BCD, RPT-S

I LOVE this book. It is so good I wish I had written it myself! It is a real contribution that will help so many! ---Rabbi Earl A Grollman

This is an excellent resource of activities that will help grieving and traumatized children first find relief at the implicit sensory level and thereafter move to cognitively reframe their experience in ways they can better manage. Activities are indeed creative and unique, touch on all themes, require minimal materials and are easy to use in any setting, formal or informal. The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) is recommending this resource to thousands of its Certified Trauma and Loss Specialists. --William Steele, MSW, PsyD., Director, The National Institute for Trauma & Loss in Children

I LOVE this book. It is so good I wish I had written it myself! It is a real contribution that will help so many! ---Rabbi Earl A Grollman

This is an excellent resource of activities that will help grieving and traumatized children first find relief at the implicit sensory level and thereafter move to cognitively reframe their experience in ways they can better manage. Activities are indeed creative and unique, touch on all themes, require minimal materials and are easy to use in any setting, formal or informal. The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) is recommending this resource to thousands of its Certified Trauma and Loss Specialists. --William Steele, MSW, PsyD., Director, The National Institute for Trauma & Loss in Children

I LOVE this book. It is so good I wish I had written it myself! It is a real contribution that will help so many! ---Rabbi Earl A Grollman

This is an excellent resource of activities that will help grieving and traumatized children first find relief at the implicit sensory level and thereafter move to cognitively reframe their experience in ways they can better manage. Activities are indeed creative and unique, touch on all themes, require minimal materials and are easy to use in any setting, formal or informal. The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) is recommending this resource to thousands of its Certified Trauma and Loss Specialists. --William Steele, MSW, PsyD., Director, The National Institute for Trauma & Loss in Children

About the Author

Liana Lowenstein, MSW, is an author, sought-after speaker, and practitioner with over 22 years of specialized work with children, adolescents and families. She provides clinical supervision to mental health practitioners and consults to several mental health agencies. She has a reputation as a dynamic workshop leader and has presented trainings across North America and abroad. She is a Certified Child Psychotherapist-Supervisor and she serves on the board of the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy (CACPT). She is founder of Champion Press Publishing Company and has authored or edited numerous publications including the highly-acclaimed books, Paper Dolls & Paper Airplanes: Therapeutic Exercises for Sexually Traumatized Children (with Crisci & Lay, 1997), Creative Interventions for Troubled Children & Youth (1999), More Creative Interventions for Troubled Children & Youth (2002), Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce (2006), and Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children (2006), Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques (Volume One published in 2008, Volume Two published in 2010) and Creative Family Therapy Techniques (2010). Her books are known for their innovative and engaging therapeutic techniques for use with children, teens, and families.

More About the Author

Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S, is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Play Therapist and Supervisor who has been working with children and their families since 1988. She has authored numerous books, including the highly acclaimed Paper Dolls and Paper Airplanes: Therapeutic Exercises for Sexually Traumatized Children (1997), Creative Interventions for Troubled Children & Youth (1999), Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce (2006), and Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children (2006). She is the editor of Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families (Volumes One through Three) and Creative Family Therapy Techniques. Her recently launched Cory series will include volumes that help children cope with issues of divorce, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. She is known as a dynamic speaker and presents trainings internationally on topics related to child and family therapy. Liana's website offers free resources for mental health professionals including a free eBook of assessment and treatment activities: lianalowenstein.com

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I have found the overall approach very practical and well thought out.
crdublin
I have found this book very helpful when working with bereaved children and highly recommend it!
Megan Cowan
This book is an excellent resource for those who work with bereaved children and their families.
Michael Doigny

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stacey aka Coffey Brown on May 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
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 Children of Divorce, CI for Troubled Youth, Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents and Families (Volumes One and Two) and the other books written by Ms. Lowenstein.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Dean on October 1, 2011
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I puchased this book last year to work with an 8-year-old client whose mother had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. It was difficult to find resources that dealt with the issues of grief and loss when the loved one has been diagnosed as terminally ill, but has not passed away yet. I found that although the language in this book was geared towards grieving someone who has already died, many of the activities were easily reworded and adapted to fit my client's situation. The activities made it possible for her to broach topics that she would likely have not brought up on her own and opened doors to some very meaningful conversations and interactions.

Other books on the topic of grief and loss that I recommend are:
Fire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins: A Journal for Teenagers Experiencing a Loss
Because . . . Someone I Love Has Cancer: Kids' Activity Book
I Miss You: A First Look At Death
Samantha Jane's Missing Smile: A Story About Coping With the Loss of a Parent
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Doigny on December 9, 2010
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This book is an excellent resource for those who work with bereaved children and their families. It provides creative, engaging, interactive activities which encourage children to express and explore their feelings of grief and loss. This book also offers helpful activities to use in challenging situations such as suicide, homicide, and traumatic grief. A curriculum is provided for use in support groups as well as a chapter of activities to be used in family therapy. In addition, there a valuable handouts for parents and school personnel which provide useful tips on how to support a grieving child. This is truly one of the best resources available for grief therapists, counselors, community professionals,grief camps and support groups. Other books on this topic that I recommend:

Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques

Creative Interventions for Troubled Children & YouthAssessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families VOLUME TWO: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques).

[[ASIN:0968519911 More Creative Interventions for Troubled Children and Youth
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Thomas on March 1, 2011
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This is my favorite Lowenstein resource yet! In this book, Lowenstein provides a comprehensive guide to working with grieving children (including a chart on how grief affects children at different developmental ages) as well as a plethora of detailed but easy to complete activities. Each and every activity in this book is relevant and well thought out. The activities flow easily from one to the next, making it a practical guide for treatment goal planning as well. What a wonderful resource to have in my office!

Other books I recommend on the topic :

Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities by Bonnie Thomas

Healing Activities for Children in Grief by Gay McWhorter

Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Children Cope When a Special Person Dies by Janis L. Silverman
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David P. Diana on April 22, 2010
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This is my go-to book when I am working with a bereaved child and their family or when I have run a grief group. I always find great tools to use and my clients respond so well. The author allows you to copy the activities to use with clients. There is also a useful handout to copy and give to parents and school personnel to help them understand and respond to the needs of grieving children. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!

I highly recommend Liana Lowenstein's other books that I have listed below:

- Creative Interventions for Troubled Children and Youth

- More Creative Interventions for Troubled Children and Youth

- Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques

- Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families VOLUME TWO: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques

- Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce
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