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Liana Lowenstein's Eblast
August, 2011


In this issue...
  • New book and discount offer of the month
  • Articles added to my website
  • Featured technique
  • Workshops in the UK
  • Liana’s favorite things
  • Upcoming workshops
  • Important message
  • Free eBook
  • Get useful tips and ideas
  • Call for submissions
  • Pass it on

New book and discount offer of the month

I am pleased to announce the forthcoming release of Volume Three of the book Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques. It is scheduled for release and full availability on September 14, 2011. Check out the book at Purchase the book online by September 7, 2011 at a special pre-publication price of $19.99. This is a significant savings as the book will retail for $24.99 US / $26.95 CDN. To participate in this pre-publication sale click here.

Book description
In this third volume, highly acclaimed author Liana Lowenstein has compiled an impressive collection of techniques from experienced practitioners. Interventions are outlined for engaging, assessing, and treating children of all ages and their families. Activities address a range of issues including Feelings Expression, Social Skills, Self-Esteem, and Termination. A “must have” for mental health professionals seeking to add creative interventions to their repertoire.


“This third volume is a compendium of creative therapeutic techniques for use with children, youth, and families. Seasoned therapists, as well as beginners, will find new ways of communicating therapeutic content in developmentally sensitive ways. The book’s user-friendly format helps clinicians match interventions to specific treatment goals and serves as a welcome addition to the field.”

--Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S
Author of Play Therapy with Traumatized Children
Brentwood, TN, United States

“Liana Lowenstein has gathered a wonderful array of activities to use with children, youth, and families in therapy. It is indeed a creative collection of practical and engaging ideas from therapists from around the world who know what works. The age suitability guides, sectional divisions and clear activity outlines makes this an immensely and immediately usable resource.”

--Jacki Short, M,Ed.(Adult Ed.) MAPS
Registered Psychologist
Sydney, Australia

“I love this Third volume of Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents and Families—it is an excellent resource when working in a focused manner with clients. If you are a clinician that utilizes expressive art activities, games, or varied modalities, you are sure to find many ideas in this excellent resource.”

--Theresa Fraser, CYW, MA, CPT
President, Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy
Cambridge, ON, Canada

“In this book, Liana Lowenstein has gathered together more useful assessment and treatment activities from different practitioners. Like the other books in her series, this book is full of creative and playful interventions to engage and assist children in therapy. The activities are set out within a framework, providing the practitioner with clear information about who the activity is appropriate for, the materials and instructions required to undertake the activity and reflective discussions to further clarify the process of the activity. A great resource for Play Therapists, Therapists, Counsellors and Therapeutic Practitioners.”

--Sonia Murray DipSW
Play Therapist/Social Worker/Director Jogo UK
Northampton, UK

Articles added to my website

Read the latest articles added to my web site:

Play and Art Therapy Interventions for Gender Nonconforming Children and Their Families by Bonnie Thomas

The Heart of Discipline by Charlotte Reznick

Featured Technique

Add to your repertoire of creative therapeutic interventions. Check out this month’s featured technique on my website: Themed Family Portraits by Bonnie Thomas.

Workshops in the UK

I am excited about traveling to the UK in October to teach two workshops on “Creative Interventions for Children and Families.”

21st October: University of Glamorgan, Treforest Campus, Wales

22nd October: Whitelands College, Roehampton University, London
Contact: or call 020 8392 37957

Cost: £90.00 (£75.00 for BAPT Members, £50.00 for Students)

Get a special gift if you help to promote the training to your colleagues. For further details, send email (under subject: UK Training):

Liana’s favorite things

In the spirit of Oprah, my November eblast will feature a listing of my favorite things. Unlike Oprah, this will not be a listing of the latest high-tech gadgets, gourmet foods, or bathing products, but rather, it will be a list of my favorite child and family therapy books, therapeutic games and products, children’s books, counseling techniques, and other mental health resources. I am open to suggestions so please send me your favorites. Send an email to under subject heading: Favorite Things.

Upcoming workshops

September 28, 2011: Digby, Nova Scotia
"Creative Family Therapy Techniques"
Further info: Nova Scotia Council for the Family:

September 30, 2011: Indianapolis, Indiana
"Creative Techniques to Engage Children and Youth in Counseling"
Further info: Indiana School Social Work Association:

October 13, 2011: Sacramento, California
"Creative Family Play Therapy Techniques" (Co-presented with Trudy Post Sprunk)
For further info: Association for Play Therapy:

October 14, 2011: Sacramento, California
"Helping Children of Divorce Survive and Thrive"
For further info: Association for Play Therapy:

October 21, 2011: University of Glamorgan, Treforest Campus, Wales
"Creative Interventions for Children and Families"
Further info:

October 22, 2011: Whitelands College, Roehampton University, London
"Creative Interventions for Children and Families"
Further info: or call 020 8392 37957

November 3, 2011: Ottawa, Ontario
"Creative Interventions for Sexually Abused and Traumatized Children"
Further info: Rebecca Fromowittz, Jewish Family Services Ottawa: 613-722-2225

November 18, 2011: Toronto, Ontario
"Creative Interventions for Children and Families"
Further info: Leading Edge Seminars:

A complete list of my upcoming speaking events is posted on my website.

***To book a training for your agency or organization please contact me:

Important message regarding fraudulent misuse of my training materials

It recently came to my attention that another therapist plagiarized my work. My entire Sexual Abuse Training Handout (over 70 PowerPoint slides) was copied verbatim, my name was removed from the handouts, and the individual presented the material as being her own original work during the training sessions she teaches (and sells) online. Of course, the unauthorized use of my material is illegal under copyright law, represents a serious ethical violation and is not the professional behavior I have learned to expect in our field—not to mention that fraudulent misrepresentation is a crime!

Many of us grant permission for mental health practitioners to utilize the material from publications and from training handouts for direct clinical work with clients. However, let’s be reminded that permission for any use of the material from publications or training handouts for any other purpose, must be requested in writing from the author to get appropriate approval. We all need to continue to appreciate and respect each other’s work and execute ethical standards of practice!

As a result of the above, I feel compelled to alert my colleagues to remain vigilant regarding their own professional intellectual property. Please continue to place copyright statements on all of your work and verbally remind attendees that presentations, handouts and all professional material remains the exclusive property of the presenter, even after a training event has ended.

Free eBook

Favorite Therapeutic Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Interventions is a creative collection of assessment and treatment techniques developed by some of my colleagues. You can download this eBook at no charge by clicking here.

Get useful tips and ideas

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Call for submissions

Share your original ideas with thousands of mental health professionals. I am looking for articles and therapeutic techniques to publish on my website. Send me an email with your ideas:

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Copyright 2011 by Liana Lowenstein


Liana Lowenstein, MSW
2901 Bayview Avenue, PO Box 91012, Toronto, ON M5M 1V5 Canada
416-575-7836; Email:

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