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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.
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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 (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This compassionate book is written to help adults guide children into expressing their sorrow and grief at the loss of a loved one. It has numerous activities, from drawing, storytelling, and open-ended questions that help draw out the most reluctant child into discussions of grief from the child's point of view. There are no right or wrong answers in this book, which offers children free expression of their feelings in a nonthreatening manner. The exercises are great opportunities to understand grief from the child's perspective and to aid the child's understanding of their feelings. Often the exercises help children discover some of their own solutions to finding comfort. I have sent numerous copies of this book to two charities for orphaned children with good results, and have delighted friends who are social workers with the discovery of this workbook. I highly recommend this book for use with children who have trouble untangling and sorting out thoughts during the grief process.
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By Lourdes Hernandez on December 17, 2012
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I have acouple of her books and several of the activities repeat. I would prefer to get all new activities instead of getting some of the same ones I already paid for. However, her books are full of great ideas. I wouldn't get more than 2-3 of her books.
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I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles. When faced with the needs of a certain family I turned to my friends that I trust as experts in bereaved children. Ms. Lowenstein's book "Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children" was recommended by EVERY SINGLE COLLEAGUE. I bought the book immediately. After reading it I can see why it is the "go to" book.

It has everything you can think of to help children understand and process their grief. Honestly, I love the fact that there are scripts of what to say. The resource section is amazing.
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I am a new mental health therapist who was recently faced with providing therapy for two children (brothers) who's loved one died unexpectedly. I have experience with children and adolescents but I am a novice in dealing with profound traumatic grief in children. I turned to Amazon books for guidance and luckily discovered this book. What a life-saver. Lowenstein's book was full of well thought out imaginative concepts and provided a strong foundation and structure for therapy. I introduced "My Feel Better Bag" to the children and they loved it. Thank you Liana for providing such great concepts that value-add therapy and help children cope with traumatic grief and loss.
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