The Big Book of Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Children and Teens

Inspiring Arts-Based Activities and Character Education Curricula
Author: Lindsey Joiner
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9780857004475
Category: Psychology
Page: 256
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For difficult or challenging children and teenagers in therapeutic or school settings, creative activities can be an excellent way of increasing enjoyment and boosting motivation, making the sessions more rewarding and successful for everyone involved. This resource provides over one hundred tried-and-tested fun and imaginative therapeutic activities and ideas to unleash the creativity of children and teenagers aged 5+. Employing a variety of expressive arts including art, music, stories, poetry and film, the activities are designed to teach social skills development, anger control strategies, conflict resolution and thinking skills. Also included are character education activities and ideas for conducting therapeutic day camps, including sample schedules and handouts. The activities can be used in many different settings with all ages, are flexible, and can be adapted for use with individuals or groups. Brimming with imaginative ideas, this resource will be invaluable to anyone working with children and teenagers, including school counselors, social workers, therapists, psychologists and teachers.

The Big Book of Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Children and Teens

Inspiring Arts-Based Activities and Character Education Curricula
Author: Lindsey Joiner
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1849058652
Category: Psychology
Page: 256
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Drawing on art, music, stories, poetry and film, the author provides more than 100 fun and imaginative therapeutic activities and ideas to unleash the creativity of children and teenagers ages 5 and older, with the activities designed to teach social-skills development, anger-control strategies, conflict resolution and thinking skills. Original.

Creative Coping Skills for Children

Emotional Support through Arts and Crafts Activities
Author: Bonnie Thomas
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781846429545
Category: Psychology
Page: 192
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Everyone has different needs when it comes to coping with life's stressors, and children are no different. Some need quiet and soothing activities to calm them down, whereas others require more physical activity or intense sensory input to relax their minds and bodies. This resource comprises a collection of fun, flexible, tried-and-tested activities and make-it-yourself workbooks for parents and professionals to help a child in need of extra emotional support find the coping skills that fit them best. Each activity lists the materials required and includes clear directions for how to do it. There is something for every child: whether they are dynamic and creative or more cerebral and literal. Projects include making wish fairies, dream catchers, and mandalas; managing unstructured time with activities such as creating comics, dioramas and tongue twisters; and simple ideas for instant soothing, such as taking deep breaths, blowing bubbles, making silly faces, and playing music. Creative Coping Skills for Children also includes specific interventions for anxious or grieving children such as making worry dolls and memory shrines. This book is full of fun, easy, creative project ideas for parents of children aged 3–12, teachers, counselors, play therapists, social workers, and all professionals working with children.

Creative Expression Activities for Teens

Exploring Identity through Art, Craft and Journaling
Author: Bonnie Thomas
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9780857004178
Category: Psychology
Page: 144
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Coping with life's stresses is difficult for everybody, but can be especially challenging for teenagers, who often feel isolated and misunderstood. Creative expression through art, craft, and writing is a natural and effective way of helping young people to explore and communicate personal identity. This book is bursting with art and journal activities, creative challenges, and miniature projects for bedrooms and other personal spaces, all of which help teenagers to understand and express who they are and what is important to them. These fun ideas can be tailored to suit the individual, and require minimal equipment and even less artistic know-how, so can be enjoyed by all. The book concludes with a useful section for counselors and other professionals who work with young people, which explains how these activities can be incorporated into treatment goals. This imaginative and insightful book is a useful resource for all therapists, social workers, and counselors who wish to encourage self-expression in teenagers.

The Big Book of EVEN MORE Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Children and Teens

Inspiring Arts-Based Activities and Character Education Curricula
Author: Lindsey Joiner
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784501964
Category: Education
Page: 256
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Following on from The Big Book of Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Children and Teens, this book provides EVEN MORE imaginative and fun activity ideas, lessons, and projects for use with difficult and challenging children and teens aged 5+. From ice breakers and group starters to bibliotherapy and monthly character education activities, there are over 90 ideas designed to unleash the creativity of children and teens, and teach social skills, strategies to control anger and anxiety, conflict resolution, positive thinking skills, and more. They make use of art, scientific experiments, expressive arts and books, and many come with photocopiable handouts. The activities can be used in a variety of settings, and they are adaptable for use with both individuals and groups. This is a practical resource bursting with ideas, and it will be invaluable for anyone working with children and teens, including school counselors, teachers, social workers, youth workers, arts therapists, and psychologists.

Activities for Adolescents in Therapy

A Handbook of Facilitating Guidelines and Planning Ideas for Group Therapy with Troubled Adolescents
Author: Susan T. Dennison
Publisher: Charles C. Thomas Publisher
ISBN: N.A
Category: Medical
Page: 246
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This "how to do it" book has been written primarily for experienced group clinicians-social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and school counselors. However, it may also be adapted for use by other experienced helping professionals who work with troubled adolescents in group settings, such as art therapists, special education teachers, recreation therapists, and speech/language pathologists. Although the activities are intended for groups, modifications can easily be made for use in individual therapy.

Working with Children and Teenagers Using Solution Focused Approaches

Enabling Children to Overcome Challenges and Achieve their Potential
Author: Judith Milner,Jackie Bateman
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9780857002617
Category: Social Science
Page: 176
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Solution focused approaches offer proven ways of helping children overcome a whole range of difficulties, from academic problems to mental health issues, by helping them to identify their strengths and achievements. Based on solution focused practice principles, this book illustrates communication skills and playful techniques for working with all children and young people, regardless of any health, learning or development need. It demonstrates how the approach can capture children's views, wishes and worries, and can assist them in identifying their strengths and abilities. The approach encourages positive decision-making, and helps children to overcome challenges, achieve their goals and reach their full potential. The book is packed with case examples, practical strategies, and practice activities. This valuable text will be of great use to a range of practitioners working with children and young people, including social workers, youth workers, counsellors, teachers and nurses.

The CBT Art Activity Book

100 illustrated handouts for creative therapeutic work
Author: Jennifer Guest
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784501689
Category: Education
Page: 144
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Explore complex emotions and enhance self-awareness with these 100 ready-to-use creative activities. The intricate, attractive designs are illustrated in the popular zentangle style and are suitable for adults and young people, in individual or group work. The worksheets use cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and art as therapy to address outcomes including improved self-esteem, emotional wellbeing, anger management, coping with change and loss, problem solving and future planning. The colouring pages are designed for relaxing stress management and feature a complete illustrated alphabet and series of striking mandala designs.

No-talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents


Author: Martha B. Straus
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393702866
Category: Psychology
Page: 242
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An innovative approach to treatment of young clients who won't or can't respond to conversation-based therapy. Weaving practical, hands-on ideas with theory and research about child development, child treatment, and the therapeutic relationship, this book describes an innovative approach to treatment of children and adolescents who won't or can't respond to traditional, conversation-based therapy. Within an interpersonal and developmental framework, Martha Straus spells out the deceptively simple goals of no-talk therapy: someone to be close to, and something to be proud of. As Straus demonstrates in her case examples, no-talk children fit many diagnostic pictures. Many start out hesitant about the whole enterprise of therapy, and a few remain intractably detached despite the therapist's best efforts to engage them. For some, the interpersonal requirements of problem-talk or play therapy are well beyond their developmental level. Others may have an abundance of talking and playing skills and be determined not to use them. Most have had lives that are unspeakably hard. Ironically, traditional therapy, with its most fundamental purpose of helping children feel better, is painfully uncomfortable for no-talk children and adolescents. For these children, therapists need an entirely new clinical language, one that doesn't depend on words.Through empathy and respect, games, activities, community involvement, a circle of adults, and little pleasures, this approach emphasizes individual connection, competence, and creativity. Going beyond other methods, no-talk therapy begins to provide these anxious, sullen, enraged, and confused kids with the self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-awareness to develop a voice of their own. Straus opens for readers a huge grab bag of gimmicks, gadgets, and games, from which to draw resources appropriate to every no-talk occasion. Most of all, she offers herself as an engaged, creative, fallible, caring therapist who hears the pain--and the strengths--in the silence.

Creative Ways to Help Children Manage BIG Feelings

A Therapist's Guide to Working with Preschool and Primary Children
Author: Fiona Zandt,Suzanne Barrett
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784504874
Category: Education
Page: 200
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To be able to effectively offer therapy to children, complex therapeutic concepts need to be presented in an appropriate and engaging manner. This practical guide provides clinicians with a way in which to do so, with numerous games and imaginative activities to help children aged 4-12 to express and understand their feelings. Part I provides a comprehensive guide to working therapeutically with children and families, while Part II outlines 47 creative therapeutic activities. Each activity is presented with clear instructions using inexpensive and readily available resources and the objective and rationale of each activity is given, making it easily applicable. Activities range from using an easy to make volcano to help children better understand anger, to using a ball of string to illustrate how one person's feelings affect the whole family. This book is an invaluable resource for newly qualified clinicians, and also a treasure trove of creative ideas for experienced therapists.

103 Group Activities and Treatment Ideas & Practical Strategies

The Therapeutic Toolbox
Author: Judith A. Belmont
Publisher: PESI Publishing & Media
ISBN: 0979021804
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 153
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This book assists in breaking through treatment resistance and defensiveness. Dozens of reproducible handouts, experiential activities, exercises, self-discovery tools and more are included.

More Creative Coping Skills for Children

Activities, Games, Stories, and Handouts to Help Children Self-regulate
Author: Bonnie Thomas
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784502677
Category: Education
Page: 256
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This collection of fun and adaptable activities, games, stories and handouts is a complete resource for supporting children coping with stress and difficult emotions. From engaging arts and crafts, to interactive stories and relaxing meditations, all the interventions and activities are thematically structured so that each chapter contains the means for building specific skills or overcoming behavioral issues. Each chapter contains suggested goals, positive affirmations and photocopiable handouts to enable a child to continue practising and learning new life skills outside of sessions with parents or professionals. The activities in this book are ideal for use with children aged 3-12 to help them rebalance and gain a strong grasp on their emotions.

Draw on Your Emotions


Author: Margot Sunderland
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351629379
Category: Education
Page: 110
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Draw on Your Emotions is a bestselling resource to help people of all ages express, communicate and deal more effectively with their emotions through drawing. Built around five key themes, each section contains a simple picture exercise with clear objectives, instructions and suggestions for development. The picture activities have been carefully designed to help ease the process of both talking about feelings and exploring life choices, by trying out alternatives safely on paper. This will help to create clarity and new perspectives as a step towards positive action. Offering a broad range of exercises which can be adapted for any ability or age from middle childhood onwards, this unique book explores a range of emotions surrounding a person1s important life experiences, key memories, relationships, best times, worst times and who they are as a person. This is an essential resource for therapists, educators, counsellors and anyone who engages other people in conversations that matter about their relationship to self, others and life in general. This revised and updated second edition also contains a new section on how to use the superbly emotive The Emotion Cards (9781138070981) to facilitate deeper therapeutic conversations.

Integrating Expressive Arts and Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents


Author: Eric J. Green,Athena A. Drewes
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118775619
Category: Psychology
Page: 352
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Praise for Integrating Expressive Arts and Play Therapy With Children and Adolescents "With this book, Drs. Green and Drewes have filled an important void in the play therapy literature, namely the integration of the expressive arts in play therapy with children and adolescents. They have assembled the best theorists and practitioners of the expressive arts and given them an appropriate structure to write their chapters. The book is outstanding and provides readers with in-depth case studies, detailed methodologies, research findings and is a useful resource for further training options. I recommend this book most highly for trainers, practitioners, and graduate students." —John Allan, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Counseling Psychology, University of British Columbia, author, Inscapes of the Child's World "Brimming with chapters by 'oracles' from various disciplines, Green and Drewes' guidebook articulates essential competencies for the cross-disciplinary practice of play therapy and expressive arts therapies. Practical and timely, responsible and readable, it is an important resource for the mental health community and students who seek to work creatively with children. A significant contribution toward bringing professionals and professions together to learn from one another." —Barry M. Cohen, MA, ATR-BC, founder, Expressive Therapies Summit, cofounder, Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute Interventions and approaches from the expressive arts and play therapy disciplines Integrating Expressive Arts and Play Therapy With Children and Adolescents presents techniques and approaches from the expressive and play therapy disciplines that enable child and adolescent clinicians to augment their therapeutic toolkit within a competent, research-based practice. With contributions representing a "who's who" in the play therapy and expressive arts therapy worlds, Integrating Expressive Arts and Play Therapy With Children and Adolescents is the definitive bridge between expressive arts and play therapy complementarily utilized with children and adolescents in their healing and creative capacities.

35 AMAZING GROUP ACTIVITIES


Author: Rich Esposito MS
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 9781478772194
Category: Education
Page: 152
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"Happiness, whether consisting in pleasure or virtue, or both is more often found with those who are highly cultivated in their minds and in their character, and have only a moderate share of external goods." - Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) "We can't leave people in abject poverty, so we need to raise the standard of living for 80% of the world's people, while bringing it down considerably for the 20% who are destroying our natural resources." - Jane Goodall. Like no other group activity book, Rich Esposito shows a fascinating description of our closest relatives' behavior and what they can teach us about ourselves, and the evolution of our own cultures, highlighting the importance of getting to know a student and their needs in the modern day America. His Amazing Group Activities is to ensure students overall quality of life. Student behavior problems demonstrate that there is a reason or purpose behind every behavior. That is, behavior does not "just happen." There are specific actions; environments, people, etc. that trigger the behavior and ability to make reasonable judgments. Esposito's Amazing Group Activities is a must-have for all educators.

Therapy Games

Creative Ways to Turn Popular Games Into Activities That Build Self-Esteem, Teamwork, Communication Skills, Anger Management, Self-Discovery, and Coping Skills
Author: Alanna Jones
Publisher: Rec Room Publishing
ISBN: 9780966234152
Category: Education
Page: 272
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In this book, you will find 102 new and exciting ways to turn ordinary games into Therapy Games. Each game used in the book comes with five or more ways to make simple changes that create a new and unique therapeutic experience. In addition to the 102 game options, there's also a section on how playing the game itself without any changes can have therapeutic value. Turn the following games into various new Therapy Games: Apples to Apples; Operation; Taboo; Chutes and Ladders; Monopoly; Jenga; Let's Go Fishin; Jigsaw Puzzles; Cards and Dice; and more.

Direct Work with Vulnerable Children

Playful Activities and Strategies for Communication
Author: Audrey Tait,Helen Wosu
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1849053197
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
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The ability to build a trusting relationship is essential when working with vulnerable children. Through the use of numerous engaging games and activities developed over 20 years of working with abused and neglected children, this book shows how these lines of communication can be opened up through effective engagement with the child's world.

Art Activities for Groups

Providing Therapy, Fun, and Function
Author: Diane Fausek-Steinbach
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781882883486
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 166
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This volume provides therapists and activity leaders with 48 interesting and innovative art activities for groups with different cognitive levels and physical abilities.

104 Activities that Build

Self-esteem, Teamwork, Communication, Anger Management, Self-discovery and Coping Skills
Author: Alanna Jones
Publisher: Rec Room Publishing
ISBN: 9780966234138
Category: Education
Page: 271
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In this exciting book you'll find 104 games and activities for therapists, counsellors, teachers, and group leaders that teacher Anger Management, Coping Skills, Self-Discovery, Teamwork, Self-Esteem, and Communication Skills! Every game works as a unique tool to modify behaviour, build relationships, start discussions and address issues. Each activity is simple to follow, requires minimal resources, includes helpful discussion questions and of course is interactive and fun.

Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families

Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques
Author: Liana Lowenstein
Publisher: Champion Press (Canada)
ISBN: 9780968519974
Category: Psychology
Page: 208
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Contains instructions and resources for activities to help children who have been referred for therapy maintain interest and motivation during the process, including assessment and treatment interventions, and providing activities that address key emotional and behavioral competencies, with listings of recommended ages, goals, and materials needed for each activity.