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 Creative Ways to Help Children Manage BIG Feelings

Creative Ways to Help Children Manage BIG Feelings

A Therapist's Guide to Working with Preschool and Primary Children

Dr Fiona Zandt and Dr Suzanne Barrett. Foreword by Associate Professor Lesley Bretherton

Quick Overview

Making therapeutic concepts engaging for children, this book full of activities gives clinicians' practical guidance on how to work with children aged 4-12. Using only readily available items, these activities are specifically designed for clinicians to interact with and help children understand their emotions.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 10.98in x 8.50in / 279mm x 216mm, 200pp
ISBN: 9781785920745

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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.


'This should be a very helpful handbook for the child mental health field.'

'This text provides an excellent guide which will be useful for inexperienced and experienced therapists alike, based on clinical experience and practical, engaging methods. It promotes a thoughtful orientation to working with children and includes a broad range of creative activities for use with children and families.'
- Professor Vicki Anderson, Head of Psychology at the Royal Children's Hospital, with 30+ years of clinical experiences working with children and their families

'The great strength of this book lies in the organization, practical format and respectful presentation, which both newly-qualified and experienced clinicians can adapt to their therapeutic practice with children.'
- Associate Professor Lesley Bretherton, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

'This is an essential handbook for mental health professionals working collaboratively and respectfully with children and their families. It outlines playful therapeutic approaches to help children identify and communicate difficult feelings and to develop effective coping strategies.'
- Dr Deborah Hutchins, Clinical Psychologist, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

'A wonderful book for both new and experienced practitioners across all disciplines. With a focus on family inclusive practice throughout ... the interventions are both creative and inspiring! An extremely valuable resource for anyone working therapeutically with children.'
- Fran Craig, Mental Health Clinician, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, Melbourne, Australia


Foreword by: Lesley Bretherton


Click here for one downloadable PDF, including the photocopiable templates featured in the book.