DAY 1: Thursday 25th February 2021 - Creative Interventions to Engage Resistant Children in Therapy

    DAY 2: Friday 26th February 2021 - Creative CBT Interventions for Treating Children with Anxiety

    SUPER EARLY BIRD RATE: $396/1 day; $699/2 days. Must register and pay in full by 31st August 2020


    Instructor: Liana Lowenstein

    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 presents trainings across North America and abroad. Recent speaking engagements include China, South Africa, Israel, England, and Australia. Liana’s 12 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.


    Workshop description: 


    Day 1: Creative Interventions to Engage Resistant Children in Therapy

    Working with difficult-to-engage children can be frustrating and challenging, even for seasoned clinicians. The challenge of working with younger clients 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 outline innovative strategies for engaging resistant children and families in therapy.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe the factors underlying therapeutic resistance.

    2. Implement creative interventions to facilitate rapport-building with children of all ages.

    3. Utilize innovative strategies to engage resistant, hard to serve parents.

    4. Implement play-based and expressive arts techniques with clients who are reluctant to verbally articulate their thoughts and feelings.

    5. Utilize activities for child-focused family therapy sessions.


    Day 2: Creative CBT Interventions for Treating Children with Anxiety

    Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most empirically supported treatment for treating childhood anxiety. The effectiveness of this approach is enhanced by integrating creative, developmentally appropriate interventions so that children will engage in treatment. In this training, a brief overview of CBT will be presented, along with innovative therapeutic techniques to engage, assess, and treat children with anxiety. Interventions will address the core treatment components: Psychoeducation, somatic management, affective expression, cognitive restructuring, exposure, and relapse prevention. Although the focus of this training will be on treating children with anxiety, many of the interventions can be adapted for use with other treatment populations. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Articulate the types of anxiety disorders.

    2. Differentiate normal versus problem anxiety.

    3. Describe the core components of CBT for treating anxious children.

    4. Discuss the benefits of integrating playful techniques with CBT to treat anxious children.

    5. List the steps for implementing an exposure plan to help a child manage anxiety.

    6. Implement innovative CBT techniques to treat childhood anxiety



    To register your interest, please email us at workshops@apdtraining.com.au.