Family Portrait Intervention Technique

Liana Lowenstein’s website (www.lianalowenstein.com) is full of great articles, resources, and other useful information for play therapists. She recently posted a new featured technique called Themed Family Portraits in which each family member is asked to create a picture of their family and come up with a theme for the picture. Then each member shares their picture with the rest of the family, encouraging discussion and communicating the perspective and thoughts of each individual family member.

I highly recommend subscribing to Lowenstein’s newsletter, and also (if you haven’t already) including her invaluable books in your office library. Here’s a list of what she’s published, all available at ChildTherapyToys.com.

Creative Interventions for Troubled Children & Youth – This best-selling collection is filled with creative assessment and treatment interventions to help clients identify feelings, learn coping strategies, enhance social skills, and elevate self-esteem. A wealth of practical tools. For ages 4-16 in individual, group, and family therapy.

MORE Creative Interventions for Troubled Children & Youth – Presents MORE creative interventions to engage children, youth, and families in counseling and help them address treatment issues such as feelings identification, anger management, social skills, and self-esteem. Includes techniques to manage challenging client behavior. A great sequel to Liana Lowenstein’s last best-selling book. For ages 4-16 in individual, group, and family therapy.

Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children – A uniquely creative compilation of therapeutic games, art activities, and stories to help bereaved children express feelings of grief, learn basic concepts of death, diffuse traumatic reminders, address self-blame, commemorate the deceased, and learn coping strategies. Includes special activities for cancer, suicide, and homicide, and tips for caregivers and school personnel.

Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce – An innovative collection of therapeutic games, art techniques, and stories to help children of divorce express feelings, understand marriage and divorce, deal with loyalty binds, parental conflict, and reunification fantasies, address self-blame, and learn coping strategies. Includes tips for parents, and a ten-week group counseling curriculum. For ages 7-12 in individual, group, and family therapy.

Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, & Families – In this comprehensive resource, Liana Lowenstein has compiled an impressive collection of techniques from experienced practitioners. Interventions are outlined for engaging, assessing, and treating children of all ages and their families. Activities address a range of issues including, Feelings Expression, Social Skills, Self-Esteem, and Termination. A “must have” for mental health professionals seeking to add creative interventions to their repertoire.

Creative Family Therapy Techniques: Play, Art, & Expressive Activities – Edited by best-selling author Liana Lowenstein, this books presents a unique collection of family assessment and treatment interventions. This practical resource illustrates how play, art, drama, and other approaches can effectively engage families in therapy and help them resolve complex problems. An exceptional tool for the seasoned family therapist, as well as the newly licensed practitioner. this book contains innovative ideas that can be readily and quickly implemented for involving children in family therapy sessions.

Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families: Volume Two – In this second volume, highly acclaimed author Liana Lowenstein has compiled an impressive collection of techniques from experienced practitioners. Interventions are outlined for engaging, assessing, and treating children of all ages and their families. Activities address a range of issues including, Feelings Expression, Social Skills, Self-Esteem, and Termination. A “must have” for mental health professionals seeking to add creative interventions to their repertoire.

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