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Below is a list of some of my favorite child and family therapy things from 2013. I hope you find this list helpful in your clinical practice!
Favorite Book for Child and Play Therapists:
The Therapeutic Powers of Play: 20 Core Agents of Change by Charles E. Schaefer and Athena Drewes.
The first Edition of The Therapeutic Powers of Play was an essential text for play therapists. This 2nd Edition is even better! It includes cutting-edge research and a wonderful collection of contributions on contemporary issues.
Favorite Book for Marriage & Family Therapists:
Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy: A Practical Approach to Theory and Clinical Case Documentation by Diane R. Gehart
The 2nd Edition of this book provides a competency-based approach to teaching clinical skills in marriage and family therapy-an approach adopted by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Author Diane R. Gehart offers a comprehensive five-step model for competent treatment, which guides readers through case conceptualization, clinical assessment, treatment planning, evaluation of progress, and documentation. The book also includes an introduction to the importance of theory and evidence-based practice in all five steps, and a set of useful clinical forms that can be applied in practice environments. A helpful text for students and seasoned family therapists.
Favorite Book for Children:
Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney
I LOVE LOVE the Llama Llama series! This latest has a dual focus. The first is on the fun and learning encountered at preschool. The second is how all of this activity can be wrecked by one kid (literally a “kid” here— a young goat), Gilroy, who is not only a billy goat but also, yes, a bully goat. Gilroy snickers at the others during class time, and during recess, he kicks up sand and knocks over the toys and equipment of others. Dewdney’s solution is to walk away and tell someone. Good advice for young children ages 3-7.
Favorite Child Psychotherapy Product:
Kimochi means "feeling" in Japanese and Kimochis are what come inside each character. Kimochis are small pillows with a feeling (e.g. happy, sad, silly, brave) printed on one side, and a corresponding facial expression on the other. The characters also have a special pocket where kids can store their "Kimochis" - or feelings. You can purchase more feeling pillows such as the Kimochis® Mixed Bag of Feelings (which includes 33 Kimochis® plush feelings). Using the characters and their Kimochis, kids can get in touch with their emotions through puppetry and play. The Feel Guide introduces the fun and quirky personalities of each character and offers parents and therapists fun tips and engaging activities to help children develop healthy social and emotional skills. All the characters are great, but Cloud is my favorite.
***Purchase from http://www.kimochis.com/ and get 15% off until December 31, 2013 when you cite code “LIANA”. Various locations worldwide.
Favorite Family Therapy Product:
Attachment and Bonding Game by Debra Atchison http://www.atchisoncounseling.com/attachment-bonding-game/
A wonderful game for caregivers to play with their child to enhance attachment and bonding with one another. Can be used in a family therapy setting or by parents and children at home. Suitable for families with children between the ages of 5-10.
Favorite Miniature for Sand Play Therapy:
Most of my clients have never heard of Wonder Woman until I integrate her character somehow into their therapy. I often tell therapeutic stories to my clients highlighting the inner strength and assertiveness of Wonder Woman, and linking this character to the client’s resilience. Thus, this miniature figurine can be used for sandplay therapy, as well as for other therapeutic uses.
See the comprehensive collection of Sand Play materials at www.childtherapytoys.com (Cite Code “Lowenstein” to get 15% off all their amazing products!)
Enchanted Tree (product #2950) by FolkmanisI love all the puppets by Folkmanis but the Enchanted Tree is my favorite from the new collection. Kids are especially captivated by the movable eyes, limbs and mouth---a great tool for storytelling!
Folkmanis has been making the most engaging specialty puppets since 1976, and has won nearly every industry, child development, and kid- tested award - many repeatedly. Therapists get 50% off! Buy now at: www.folkmanis.com
Muffin Tin Feelings Toss by Pam Dyson
I like this technique because it’s engaging and active and it’s a great way to help children talk about various emotional states. Watch the technique come alive on Pam Dyson’s YouTube channel: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NFR4KuLAzc
Heather Thomas, MA, LLPC: http://www.thehelpfulcounselor.comHeather’s website is packed with great counseling resources—check it out!
All Things Private Practice by Tamara Suttle, M.Ed., LPC: http://www.allthingsprivatepractice.comIf you’re a mental health care professional in private practice, then you’re sure to find many useful ideas in Tamara’s blog. Her website also offers a FREE eBook: Private Practice Online Survival Guide.
Favorite YouTube Channel:
This YouTube channel offers an impressive collection of videos from some of the leading experts in the field of psychotherapy.
Favorite IPhone/IPad APP:
Tap Me HappyTap Me Happy is a virtual happy place for kids! Parents and therapists load the app with things that can stimulate positive feelings (e.g., photos, videos, quotes, and affirmations). Children (and adults too! ) can go to their ‘Tap Me Happy’ app when feeling unhappy to try and make themselves feel better. Pre-loaded samples let you see how the app works. Lots of applications for this simple, easy to use app!
Dee Anna Nagel: @TherapyOnline
Dee Anna Nagel gets my pick for the best Tweeter of 2013 because she tweets about interesting issues, she engages her followers, and she ReTweets the best content from other feeds.
Dr. Kay Trotter: http://www.pinterest.com/drkaytrotter/
If you’re looking for psychotherapy ideas and resources, Dr. Kay Trotter is a must-follow pinner on Pinterest. Her boards are packed with great ideas including techniques, videos, and resources. If you haven’t discovered Pinterest yet, go home, get into your jammies, put on a face mask, and hang out on Pinterest for a while…it won’t be long before you’re obsessed!
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