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Workshops for Mental Health Professionals

As a frequent keynote speaker, I deliver dynamic presentations on a variety of topics. In my workshops, I combine up-to-date theory with practical tools. I speak at international conferences and at agency training events.

Below is a partial list of topics and descriptions. However, no program is exactly the same since the makeup and needs of audiences change. Workshops are designed to accomplish the unique educational objectives of the attendees.

For more information on workshops and rates please contact me at lianalowenstein@gmail.com 416-575-7836.

This page is updated regularly so please visit again soon!


Upcoming Live Workshops and Webinars

Bubbles, Slime, Lego, and More! Play Therapy Techniques to Build Emotional Regulation and Social Skills
Webinar, March 26, 10:30-1:45 EST: https://corewellceu.com/event/live-play-regulation-social-skills2/?shop=1052
Purchase the recording: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-play-regulation-social-skills/?shop=1052
GET 20% OFF with code SPRING24

Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children
Association for Death Education and Counseling 45th Annual Conference. Attend virtually or in-person in Houston, Texas April 13: https://www.adec.org/general/custom.asp?page=2024_Registration_Rates

Innovative Strategies for Working with Hard-to-Engage Children, Youth, and Families
Webinar, April 18 10-1 EST: https://sickkidscmh.ca/course/i-dont-wanna-talk-about-it-working-with-hard-to-engage-children-and-teens-4/
GET 10% OFF with code LOWENSTEIN

Play Therapy Summit
Watch the two-day webinar on May 8-9 or purchase the recording.
Get $100 off with code GP100: https://www.pekf93j.com/P9777S/T597DN/

Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children
Webinar, May 14-15, 8am-11am Sydney Australia time: https://www.apdtraining.com.au/news/2024/05/14/creative-interventions-bereaved-children-teens-and-families
Can’t watch live? You can purchase the recording and watch until May 24.
GET early bird discount if you register by April 14

Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce
Webinar, May 23, 10:30-1:45 EST: https://corewellceu.com/event/live-play-therapy-divorce2
Can’t watch live? You can get the recording: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-play-therapy-divorce
GET 20% OFF with code SPRING24

Conference on Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy
In-person in Rome or watch online, June 8: https://conference.cbpt.org/

Creative Interventions for Grieving Children and Families
Webinar, September 24, 10-5:15 EST: https://corewellceu.com/event/live-play-grief1
Can’t watch live? Purchase the recording: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-play-grief
Sign up now to get the early bird discount!

Creative Interventions to Assess and Treat School Refusal
Webinar, October 21, 1-4 EST: https://sickkidscmh.ca/course/creative-interventions-to-assess-and-treat-school-refusal-7/
GET 10% OFF with code LOWENSTEIN

Creative Interventions for Grieving Children and Families
October 24, 25, 8am-11am in Sydney Australia OR October 23, 24, 5-8pm New York time zone
Can’t watch live? Purchase the recording and watch until November 3 Sign up now to save: https://www.apdtraining.com.au/news/2024/10/24/creative-interventions-bereaved-children-teens-and-families

Innovations in Child and Family Therapy: 4-Day Certificate Program
Webinar, October 28, 29, November 18, 19 9-4 EST: https://sickkidscmh.ca/course/innovations-in-child-and-family-therapy-certificate-program/
GET 10% OFF with code LOWENSTEIN

TF-CBT: Blending Theory with Innovative Techniques
Webinar, December 4-5, 10-5 EST: https://sickkidscmh.ca/course/trauma-focused-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-blending-theory-with-innovative-techniques-3/
GET 10% OFF with code LOWENSTEIN


Recorded webinars:

Creative Interventions for Children with ADHD
Three-hour webinar: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-play-adhd/?shop=1052
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Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce
Three-hour webinar:  https://corewellceu.com/event/home-play-therapy-divorce
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What's Going On? An Innovative Model for Assessing Children and Teens
Three-hour webinar: https://rb.gy/6lyswh

Wanna Come Out and Play? Games, Stories, and Art with Children and Teens
Three-hour webinar: https://bit.ly/2TkY1ZH

Bubbles, Slime, Lego, and More! Play Therapy Techniques to Build Emotional Regulation and Social Skills
Three-hour webinar: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-play-regulation-social-skills/?shop=1052

Beyond Sesame Street: The Creative Use of Puppets in Play Therapy
Two-hour webinar: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-play-therapy-puppets/?shop=1052

Group Play Therapy: Creative Techniques and Troubleshooting Ideas
Three-hour webinar: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-group-play-therapy/?shop=1052

The Opening Act: Engaging Children in the First Session
One-hour webinar: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-live-lunch-learn-first-session/?shop=1052

Purchase the four-part series: https://corewellceu.com/bundles/package-lunch-recorded/?shop=1052

Gimme a Break! Making Use of Energizers, Laughter, and Self-Soothing Techniques
One-hour webinar: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-live-lunch-learn-laugh-sooth/?shop=1052
Purchase the four-part series: https://corewellceu.com/bundles/package-lunch-recorded/?shop=1052

What Do I Do Now? Managing Children's Challenging Behavior
One-hour webinar: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-live-lunch-learn-kid-challenge/?shop=1052
Purchase the four-part series: https://corewellceu.com/bundles/package-lunch-recorded/?shop=1052

So Long, Farewell: Creating a Positive Termination Experience
One-hour webinar: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-live-lunch-learn-positive-termination/?shop=1052
Purchase the four-part series: https://corewellceu.com/bundles/package-lunch-recorded/?shop=1052

Tips and Techniques for Online Therapy with Children
Two-hour webinar: https://bit.ly/3e1XLqp

MORE Tips and Techniques for Online Therapy with Children
Two-hour webinar: https://bit.ly/2QrS8Ic

EVEN MORE Tips and Techniques for Online Therapy with Children
Two-hour webinar: https://rb.gy/efaso0

Tips and Techniques to Address Anger and Dysregulation
Speakers: Lisa Dion, Tracy Turner-Bumberry, Ann Meehan
Three-hour webinar: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-tips-anger/?shop=1052

Tips and Techniques to Address Problematic Sexual Behavior
Speakers: Diana Garza-Louis, Juliet Fortino
Three-hour webinar: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-tips-behavior/?shop=1052

Tips and Techniques to Address Encopresis and Enuresis
Speakers: Kimberley O'Brien, Susan Stutzman
Three-hour webinar: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-tips-encopresis/?shop=1052

Addressing the Therapeutic Needs of Complex Teens
Speakers: Martha Strauss, Ruth Moore, Sheri Van Dijk, Eboni Webb
Four-hour webinar series: https://corewellceu.com/bundles/package-complex-teens-recorded

Integrating ChatGPT to Revolutionize Your Clinical Practice
Speaker: Dr. Jessica Stone
Three-hour webinar: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-chatgpt-therapy/?shop=1052

Play-Based CBT for Children with Anxiety: Techniques That Work!
Six-hour webinar: https://catalog.pesi.com/item/playbased-cbt-children-anxiety-innovative-techniques-work-114615

Navigating High Conflict Divorce and Custody Cases
Intensive online course with 6 leading experts:
https://lianalow--wonderscounseling.thrivecart.com/navigating-high-conflict-divorce/


FREE Webinars

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Playborhood: World Edition
FREE 3-hour webinar: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-playborhood

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Playborhood: 2nd World Edition
FREE 3-hour webinar: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-playborhood-world

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Playborhood: 3rd World Edition
FREE 3-hour webinar: https://corewellceu.com/event/home-3rd-playborhood


Are you looking for an innovative speaker for your next training event?

I deliver dynamic presentations on a variety of topics. My interactive webinars and in-person workshops combine up-to-date theory with practical tools. Below is a partial list of topics:

  • Introduction to Play Therapy
  • I Don’t Wanna Talk About It: Working with Hard to Engage Children, Youth, and Families • Creative Interventions to Assess and Treat Children and Families
  • Creative Evidence-Based Interventions for Traumatized Children
  • Creative Interventions for Sexually Abused Children
  • TF-CBT: Blending Theory with Innovative Techniques
  • Creative Interventions for Traumatized Children (Advanced training for Certified TFCBT therapists)
  • Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety
  • Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce
  • Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children
  • Creative Interventions for Children with ADHD
  • Creative Interventions to Assess and Treat School Refusal
  • Creative Family Therapy Techniques
  • Bubbles, Slime, Lego and More! Creative Interventions for Emotional Regulation and Social Skills
  • Group Therapy: Creative Techniques and Troubleshooting Ideas
  • Creative Interventions for Use in Clinical Supervision
  • Creative Parenting Interventions to Address Challenging Behavior and Strengthen Attachment
  • Tips and Techniques for Online Therapy with Children
  • 4-Day Certificate Program: Innovations in Child and Family Therapy

***Customized multi-day trainings are available.

Call or email to discuss topics, rates, and availability: info@lianalowenstein.com 416-575-7836.


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Workshop Descriptions

Introduction to Play Therapy (6 hours or multi-day course)

This course will introduce participants to the theory and practice of play therapy. The training will cover the history and major models of play therapy, therapeutic powers of play, therapeutic relationship, phases of therapy, themes in children’s play, and limit setting. Participants will also learn how to set up a playroom and how to select appropriate toys and materials. Play therapy techniques, including games, art, puppetry, and sand tray will be presented. Selected research studies supporting the effectiveness of play therapy will also be covered. Experiential exercises and activity demonstrations will be incorporated into this workshop. The content can be geared to a one-day introductory course or a multi-day training that goes into more depth.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the value and therapeutic powers of play therapy.
  2. Summarize the history and major theoretical models of play therapy, including the pioneers, major components, role of the therapist, and empirical support.
  3. Identify how to set up a playroom and how to select materials to facilitate therapeutic growth.
  4. Describe the use of therapeutic games, art, puppets, and stories in play therapy sessions.

Creative Interventions to Engage, Assess, and Treat Children and Families (6 hours or multi-day course)

This very practical training will be divided into three components: (1) Engagement: A number of creative interventions will be illustrated to facilitate rapport-building with children, teens, and families; (2) Assessment: The instructor’s innovative assessment model will be presented, and participants will receive a packet of assessment activities that they can use immediately in their clinical practice; (3) Treatment: A variety of creative techniques will be presented including games, stories, puppets, and art. Participants will come away with many new and creative techniques to add to their existing repertoire.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Use at least 3 interventions to engage clients in therapy.
  2. Implement an innovative model for assessing children and families.
  3. Use many creative techniques with children, teens, and families.

I Don’t Wanna Talk About it: Working with Hard-to-Engage Children and Teens (3 or 6 hours)

Working with difficult-to-engage clients can be frustrating and challenging, even for seasoned clinicians. The challenge of working with children in therapy can be further compounded by their fear of entering therapy, their lack of control over the decision to attend therapy, and their developmental capacity which can make it difficult for them to respond to traditional talk-therapy. This workshop will explore factors underlying resistance and will present creative interventions for working with hard-to-engage children and teens.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the factors underlying therapeutic resistance.
  2. Implement creative interventions to facilitate rapport-building with children of all ages.
  3. Implement expressive arts techniques with clients who are reluctant to verbally articulate their thoughts and feelings.

Creative Family Therapy Techniques (3 or 6 hours)

Children are often excluded from family therapy because many practitioners are at a loss of how to effectively engage them. The use of creative activities in family therapy such as games, art, and storytelling, facilitates the participation of all family members. Expressive arts techniques, in particular, offer an advantage over traditional “talk therapy” because children are provided with a more developmentally appropriate means to communicate. In this training, participants will learn a number of innovative techniques to engage, assess, and treat families. The advantages of using creative techniques with families will be outlined, and tips for overcoming challenges will be discussed. Videos and activity demonstrations will illustrate techniques.

Learning Objectives:

  1. List three benefits to using play, art, and other expressive techniques in family therapy.
  2. Describe three common challenges in family therapy and identify strategies to overcome these challenges.
  3. Utilize creative techniques in therapy sessions with families.

From Chaos to Resilience: Helping Children of Divorce Survive and Thrive (3 hours)

Many children are referred to therapy to assist in their adjustment to divorce. They may feel vulnerable, overwhelmed and confused by their emotions as well as the family dynamics. Providing a safe space and engaging activities may assist the child’s process and help them express their thoughts and feelings. This training will highlight current theory and research on children of divorce, and present assessment and treatment techniques to guide children through the complications of divorce. Interventions presented can be used in individual therapy sessions, as well as children’s support groups.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Verbally articulate at least three risk factors that make it more difficult for a child to adjust to parental divorce.
  2. Apply at least two techniques to assess children of divorce.
  3. Implement at least three new interventions in therapy sessions with children of divorce.

Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children (3 or 6 hours)

When children enter therapy because they have experienced the death of a loved one, they are at a very vulnerable time in their lives. They are often anxious about the therapeutic process and reluctant to talk directly about painful feelings. Activities that are creative and play-based can engage children and help them to express their grief. This workshop will present creative interventions for use with bereaved children ages 4-12. Participants will come away with a solid understanding of how to treat childhood grief, including suicide and homicide death.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the key differences between normative and traumatic grief in children.
  2. Assess bereaved children using an innovative model.
  3. Utilize a variety of creative treatment techniques with bereaved children.

Creative Interventions for Children with ADHD (3 hours)

ADHD is one of the most prevalent disorders diagnosed in children. While there are many different approaches to treating children with ADHD, creative CBT interventions help to remediate the skills deficits such as short attention span, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. This training will highlight the diagnostic features of ADHD, and will present practical and effective interventions to help children aged 4-12 improve impulse control; Increase attention and focus; Identify constructive ways to use energy; Augment academic performance. Interventions will also be presented for use by parents and teachers to increase positive behavior at home and school. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn new and creative approaches to help get children motivated, focused, organized, and performing closer to their true potential.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the diagnostic features of ADHD.
  • Describe strategies that parents and teachers can use to manage disruptive behaviors.
  • Implement techniques to help children manage impulsivity and increase attention and focus.

  • Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety (6 hours)

    Children who suffer from anxiety can be difficult to treat because they’re more hesitant to trust, have a tendency toward avoidance and negative thinking, and are typically reluctant to face their fears. Anxious children are even more resistant to participate in therapy when it is talk-oriented and workbook-based. This training will present an innovative CBT approach that is playful and engaging so that clients will be more at ease and motivated in therapy, and better able to learn and apply core CBT skills. This innovative CBT approach will create a more positive therapeutic experience for clients and will augment treatment effectiveness.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Apply an innovative model to assess anxiety in children.
    2. Describe methods for fostering treatment readiness in anxious children.
    3. Implement creative interventions to treat children suffering from phobias, separation anxiety, perfectionism, and selective mutism.
    4. Develop exposure plans that fit the unique needs of each client.

    TF-CBT: Blending Theory with Innovative Techniques (12 hours)

    Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an empirically-supported psychotherapy model for treating traumatized children and adolescents. The effectiveness of this approach is enhanced by integrating creative, developmentally appropriate interventions so that children will engage in treatment. This two-day course will provide an overview of TF-CBT and will present creative interventions for the 8 components of TF-CBT: Psychoeducation, Relaxation, affective modulation, cognitive processing, trauma narrative, in vivo mastery, conjoint child-parent sessions, and enhancing safety. Therapeutic games, art, stories, and other innovative activities will be presented for use with traumatized children aged 4-16.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify and apply the basic principles of TF-CBT.
    2. Implement a trauma assessment.
    3. Describe strategies for engaging resistant children in the completion of a trauma narrative.
    4. Utilize creative interventions for each of the eight treatment components of TF-CBT.

    Creative Evidence-Based Interventions for Traumatized Children (6 hours)

    (Note: This training is geared to therapists who have been properly trained in TF-CBT and are seeking creative interventions to integrate into the model.) There have been a number of treatments developed and tested in recent years specifically geared to treating traumatized children. These approaches share many of the same core components: Engaging clients; conducting a systemic assessment; providing psychoeducation; addressing traumatic stress reactions; enhancing emotional regulation; facilitating adaptive coping; completing a trauma narrative; enhancing safety skills; and strengthening parenting skills. The effectiveness of trauma-treatment with children is enhanced by integrating playful, developmentally appropriate interventions so clients will engage in treatment. This training will present innovative techniques for each of the core components of evidence-based trauma treatment. Participants will come away with many new and creative interventions they can use with traumatized clients from preschoolers to teens.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe the core components of evidence-based trauma treatment.
    2. Discuss the benefits of integrating playful approaches in trauma treatment.
    3. Implement creative interventions with traumatized children and teens, aged 4-18.

    ***Multi-day custom trainings can be designed to fit your learning needs

    Selected Past Speaking Engagements

    • Xinlicheng Psychological Services, Shanghai, China
    • Westmead Children’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia
    • Affordable Professional Development Training (APDT), Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia
    • Neapolis University Pafos, Cyprus
    • Zavod Spoznaj, Slovenia
    • Family Services, Auckland, New Zealand
    • Israeli Play Therapy Association
    • South Africa Play Therapy Association
    • Canadian Association of Social Workers
    • Indiana School Social Workers Conference
    • Wisconsin School Social Workers Conference
    • Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • International Youth Counselor Conference
    • Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health, Toronto
    • Emily’s House Children’s Hospice, Toronto
    • Chadwick Center Conference on Child Sexual Abuse
    • Midwest Conference on Child Sexual Abuse
    • Association for Death Education and Counseling Annual Conference (ADEC)
    • Association for Play Therapy (APT)
    • Canadian Association for Play Therapy (CAPT)
    • Association for Play Therapy State Conference (Including: Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin)

    Speaker Biography

    Liana Lowenstein is a Registered Clinical Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT Therapist who has been working with children and their families in Toronto since 1988. She is internationally known as a dynamic speaker and presents trainings across North America and abroad. She provides clinical supervision to mental health practitioners and consults to several mental health agencies. Liana’s 13 books on child and family therapy are known internationally for their innovative and practical techniques. She is winner of the Monica Herbert award for outstanding contribution to play therapy in Canada.

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