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 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: 264
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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.

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.

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 Expressive Arts Activity Book

A Resource for Professionals
Author: Wende Heath,Suzanne Darley
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781846427374
Category: Psychology
Page: 216
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This resource comprises a collection of accessible, flexible, tried-and-tested activities for use with people in a range of care settings, to help them explore their knowledge of themselves and to make sense of their experiences. Among the issues addressed by the activities are exploring physical changes, emotional trauma, interpersonal problems and spiritual dilemmas. Featuring individual and group activities of varying difficulty, including card making, painting to music, meditation, and body mapping, it also includes real-life anecdotes that bring the techniques to life. The Expressive Arts Activity Book is full of fun, easy, creative ideas for workers in hospitals, clinics, schools, hospices, spiritual and religious settings, and in private practice.

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.

101 Healing Stories for Kids and Teens

Using Metaphors in Therapy
Author: George W. Burns
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118428897
Category: Psychology
Page: 336
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A comprehensive guide to understanding and using storytelling in therapy with kids and teens "George Burns is a highly experienced clinician with the remarkable ability to create, discover, and tell engaging stories that can teach us all the most important lessons in life. With 101 Healing Stories for Kids and Teens, he strives especially to help kids and teens learn these life lessons early on, providing them opportunities for getting help and even learning to think preventively." -Michael D. Yapko, PhD | Author of Breaking the Patterns of Depression and Hand-Me-Down Blues "George Burns takes the reader on a wonderful journey, balancing metaphor, good therapeutic technique, and empirical foundations during the trip. Given that Burns utilizes all three aspects of the Confucian story referred to in the book-teaching, showing, and involving-readers should increase their understanding of how stories can be used therapeutically." -Richard G. Whiteside, MSW | Author of The Art of Using and Losing Control and Working with Difficult Clients: A Practical Guide to Better Therapy "A treasure trove for parents and for professionals in the child-development fields." -Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD | Director, The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Stories can play an important and potent role in therapy with children and adolescents-helping them develop the skills to cope with and survive a myriad of life situations. In many cases, stories provide the most effective means of communicating what kids and teens might not want to discuss directly. 101 Healing Stories for Kids and Teens provides straightforward advice on using storytelling and metaphors in a variety of therapeutic settings. Ideal for all who work with young people, this unique resource can be combined with other inventive and evidence-based techniques such as play, art, music, and drama therapies as well as solution focused, hypnotic, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. Offering guidance for new clinicians and seasoned professionals, George Burns's latest work delivers a unique combination-information on incorporating storytelling in therapy, dozens of ready-made stories, and tips for creating original therapeutic stories. Innovative chapters include: * Guidance for effective storytelling * Using metaphors effectively * Where to get ideas for healing stories * Planning and presenting healing stories * Teaching parents to use healing stories In addition, 101 Healing Stories for Kids and Teens includes dozens of story ideas designed to address a variety of issues, such as: * Enriching learning * Teaching self-care * Changing patterns of behavior * Managing relationships, emotions, and life challenges * Creating helpful thoughts * Developing life skills and problem-solving techniques

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.

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.

Sitting Still Like a Frog

Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents)
Author: Eline Snel
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834829193
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 112
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This introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parents includes practices that can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware.

Art Therapy Exercises

Inspirational and Practical Ideas to Stimulate the Imagination
Author: Liesl Silverstone
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781846426933
Category: Psychology
Page: 112
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This accessible book comprises a collection of 80 tried-and-tested exercises, with guidelines for applying them and advice for devising new ones. Liesl Silverstone offers a variety of exercises for a diverse and multicultural client base, such as guided fantasies, one-to-one and group work focusing on the group dynamic, and some examples of working with adults with learning difficulties and children. Focusing on the non-directive, non-interpretive person-centred approach to art therapy, this inspirational book is the perfect complement to Art Therapy – The Person-Centred Way, also by Liesl Silverstone and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Art Therapy Exercises is an invaluable book for art therapists and art therapy students, counsellors, psychotherapists and all professionals working in the field of human development.

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.

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.

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.

101 Mindful Arts-Based Activities to Get Children and Adolescents Talking

Working with Severe Trauma, Abuse and Neglect Using Found and Everyday Objects
Author: Dawn D'Amico
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781785927317
Category: Art therapy for children
Page: 224
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Offering 100 creative, mindfulness-based activities, this book is a highly useful resource for engaging therapeutically with children aged 6-16 who have experienced severe trauma. With minimal preparation and only everyday objects required, the activities can be used in a number of settings. Case studies throughout show the many positive outcomes.

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
View: 7186

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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.

Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescents
Author: Tamar Chansky, Ph.D.
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 030779444X
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 368
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If you're a parent of one of the more than one million children in this country with obsessive-compulsive disorder, you know how confusing, even frightening, the symptoms of OCD can be. You're terrified of losing your child and angry about the havoc this disorder has wreaked in your family. More than anything, you want to be able to unlock the secrets of OCD, understand the cause of your child's bizarre symptoms, and help your child break free of these disruptive, relentless thoughts and actions. In her landmark book, Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Dr. Tamar E. Chansky creates a clear road map to understanding and overcoming OCD based on her successful practice treating hundreds of children and teenagers with this disorder. In Part I, Dr. Chansky "cracks the code" of the peculiar rules and customs of OCD -- the handwashing, tapping, counting, and so forth. She explains how OCD is diagnosed, how to find the right therapist partner, and how to tailor treatment options to your child's needs. You'll learn how powerful behavioral modification can be and when medication can help. In Part II, you'll learn how not to be pulled in by your child's debilitating rituals at home or at school, how to talk to your child about the "brain tricks" OCD causes, and how to create an effective OCD battle plan that will empower your child to "boss back" the OCD monster. You'll also learn how to cope in moments of crisis. Part III offers specific advice for how to help your child handle the most common manifestations of OCD such as fears of contamination, checking, getting things "just right," intrusive thoughts, and more. Part IV is an indispensable guide to additional resources, including books, videos, organizations, and websites. Filled with Dr. Chansky's compassionate advice and inspiring words from the many children with OCD whom she has helped, this book will be your lifeline. Battling back from OCD is hard work, but with the comprehensive, proven guidance in this book, you can help your child reclaim a life free from its grip. From the Hardcover edition.

Creative Therapy

Adolescents Overcoming Child Sexual Abuse
Author: Kate Ollier,Angela Hobday
Publisher: Acer Press
ISBN: 0864317441
Category: Education
Page: 224
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This title provides ways of working with teenagers to help them regain confidence and feel positive about their future and to make their therapeutic journey a stimulating yet emotionally stabilising time.

The CBT Art Activity Book

100 illustrated handouts for creative therapeutic work
Author: Jennifer Guest
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784501689
Category: Psychology
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.