A Bag of Tricks: Brief Interventions with Children

Lissie Brooks, LCSW
5 CECs

Friday, October 13, 2017
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Hartford Public Library (Room 026), 500 Main St
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In this age of “brief and briefer” counseling, therapists are challenged to develop more directive interventions when counseling children. Increasingly, social workers are seeing children in a wide variety of settings such as schools, hospital emergency rooms, homes and shelters. These environments often do not lend themselves to the more traditional, nondirective, psychoanalytical play therapy models. In response to the increased need for concrete activities to address the specific challenges children face, this seminar will offer a very practical, hands-on set of tools which can be used with children ages 5 – 12 or older in virtually any setting. These activities, based on key presenting issues or needs, will include:

  • Getting to Know You
  • Anger Management
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Feelings Identification
  • Anxiety & Stress Management
  • Impulse Control
  • Relationship Building
  • Self-Esteem Boosting

You will learn over 50 different techniques, many of which are not discrete to any one category, but may be used for a variety of concerns. You will be encouraged to share your own favorite interventions as well. Within each category Ms. Brooks will describe, or show, board games that are particularly designed for that concern or issue. Most other activities will only require markers, paper, and possibly a prop that is very portable. The techniques are very cognitively and behaviorally based. Although they are well founded in theory and research, the theoretical aspects of play therapy will not be covered.

In this seminar you will:

  • briefly review the key benefits of play therapy with children
  • learn over 50 interventions to use with children in a wide variety of settings
  • discuss board games and some other play therapy materials currently available
  • practice or make several of the interventions during the seminar
  • share interventions you use in your setting that have proven helpful