‘Cory Helps Kids’ books from ChildTherapyToys.com

Last year, Liana Lowenstein–the author and/or editor of several indispensable play therapy resources including Creative Family Therapy Techniques–published the first installment in her ‘CORY’ series, Cory Helps Kids Cope with Divorce: Playful Therapeutic Activities for Young Children. In this book, the title character guides children through the feelings they are having throughout the various stages of dealing with divorce. Cory’s relatibility helps to dissolve any comfort barriers in the therapist-child relationship, thus providing an ideal environment for the games, art, and other creative interventions that are introduced to facilitate treatment. In addition to the story and activities presented, the book also includes detailed handouts to inform and engage parents.

This month sees the release of the second book in the series, and we couldn’t be more thrilled by it’s arrival. Cory Helps Kids Cope with Sexual Abuse: Playful Activities for Traumatized Children utilizes the same innovative and effective format to help children work through the effects of sexual abuse and related trauma. It is an invaluable resource for treating a range of serious issues. Like all of her contributions to the practice of play therapy, this book is marked by her years of experience in the field, and her gift for developing fun, engaging games and interventions.

Of course, both of these titles are available at ChildTherapyToys.com. If you’ve used either one in your practice, we’d love to hear about your experience either here in the comment section, or as a review on the product page. 

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.