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Liana Lowenstein's Eblast
Novemeber, 2011


In this issue...
  • Articles added to my website
  • Featured technique
  • Liana’s Favorite Things
  • Discount offer of the month
  • Workshops in South Africa
  • Upcoming workshops
  • Free eBook
  • Get useful tips and ideas
  • Call for submissions
  • Pass it on

Articles added to my website

Read the latest articles added to my web site:

The Four Principles of Stress Management by Michael Senko

How to Play with Your Child by Tammi Van Hollander

Featured Technique

Add to your repertoire of creative therapeutic interventions. Check out this month’s featured technique on my website: Imagery Expression by Cherilyn Rowland Petrie.

Liana’s Favorite Things

In the spirit of Oprah, I have compiled a listing of my favorite things. Unlike Oprah, this is not a listing of the latest high-tech gadgets, gourmet foods, or bathing products, but rather, it is a list of my favorite child and family therapy books and mental health resources. I hope you find this list helpful in your work with children and families.

Favorite Child and Family Therapy Books

Foundations of Play Therapy Edited by Charles Schaefer, 2003

Models Of Family Therapy: The Essential Guide by William Griffin and Shannon Greene, 1998

Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship by Gary Landreth, 1991

Play in Family Therapy by Eliana Gil, 1994

Helping Abused and Traumatized Children: Integrating Directive and Nondirective Approaches By Eliana Gil, 2006

Blending Play Therapy with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Evidence-Based and Other Effective Treatments and Techniques Edited by Athena Drewes, 2009

Play Therapy with Traumatized Children: A Prescriptive Approach by Paris Goodyear-Brown, 2009

Family Art Therapy: Foundations of Theory and Practice Edited by Christine Kerr, Janice Hoshino, Judy Sutherland, and Sharal Parashak, 2008

101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques (Volumes One through Three) Edited by Heidi Kaduson and Charles Schaefer

The Practical Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy: Things My Training Supervisor Never Told Me By Terry Trepper, Charles Campbell, Mark O’Dell, and Lorna Hecker, 1998

Favorite Children’s Books

ADHD: Putting On The Brakes by Quinn & Stern, 2009

Anger: Sometimes I’m Bombaloo by Vail, 2002

Anxiety: Willy and the Wobbly House by Sunderland, 2001

Asperger: What It Is To Be Me by Wine, 2005

Bereavement: Tear Soup by Schweibert & Deklyen, 1999

Bullying: How to Handle Bullies, Teasers, and Other Meanies by Posey, 1985

Divorce: Dinosaurs Divorce by Brown, 1988

Foster Care: Billy Had to Move by Theresa Fraser, 2009

Sexual Abuse: A Very Touching Book by Hindman, 1983

Trauma: Brave Bart by Sheppard, 2001

Favorite Therapy Products

Who Are You? Thumball:

Box Full of Feelings by Marina Kog & Julia Moons:

Tortoise Puppet by Folkmanis:

Elseworld Series Action Figurines:

Horrified and Scared People Figurines:

The Feelings Wheel Game by Norma Leben:
Teen Issues Colorcards: or

Temper Tamers in a Jar:

Meebie Doll:
Self-Calming Cards by Elizabeth Crary:

Discount offer of the month

Childtherapy toys carries 3,000 products for child and play therapists including many of the items on Liana’s Favorite Things list. We have hundreds of books, games, and toys, as well as sandtrays, sand, and miniatures. Just about anything you need! Enter discount code “Lowenstein” when you check out and save 15%. Also, check out our free shipping options when you visit our web site.

To order go to

This is an exclusive offer only available to recipients of Liana’s newsletter!

Workshops in South Africa

Don’t miss my training in Gauteng, January 10-13, 2012:

Day 1: Creative Interventions for Troubled Children and Families
Day 2: Creative Interventions for Sexually Abused and Traumatized Children
Day 3: Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children and Children of Divorce
Day 4: Creative Family Therapy Techniques

Big savings if you register by September 22, 2011. Sign-up for one day or get a discount if you register for two or more days. Free accommodation can be arranged for those traveling from afar such as Cape Town. For further info or to register go to: or email:

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

Upcoming workshops

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

January 26, 2012: San Diego, California
“Creative Interventions for Sexually Traumatized Children”
Further info:

March 22-23, 2012: Raleigh, North Carolina
“Creative Interventions for Children and Families”
Further info:

March 30, 2012: Hamilton, Ontario
“Creative Techniques for Assessing Children and Families”
Further info email: mckeanh@HHSC.CA

May 23, 2012: London, Ontario
“Assessment and Treatment Planning”
Further info: Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy:
June 12, 2012: London, Ontario
“Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children and Children of Divorce”
Further info: Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy:

June 15, 2012: Nashville, Tennessee
Topic: TBA
Further info:

June 21, 2012: Indianapolis, Indiana
“Assessment and Treatment Planning”
Further info:

June 22, 2012: Indianapolis, Indiana
“Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children and Children of Divorce”
Further info:

July 25, 2012: Toronto, Ontario
“Assessment and Treatment Planning”
Further info: Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy:

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:

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
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