Creative Play Therapy Interventions for Grieving Children, Youth and Families

Topics: Play Therapy, Children, Grief Counseling

Audience: Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Play Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists (MFT)

6 CE Hours
$149.99 $99.99
Creative Play Therapy Interventions for Grieving Children, Youth and Families On-demand Course

Release Date: Sep 25, 2024

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Liana Lowenstein

Certified TF-CBT Therapist

Liana Lowenstein is a Registered Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT Therapist who has been working with children and their families in Toronto since 1988. Her 15 books are used by mental health professionals all over the world. She is a dynamic speaker who has provided trainings throughout North America and abroad, including China, South Africa, Israel, England, New Zealand, Australia, and Slovenia. She is winner of the Monica Herbert award for outstanding contribution to play therapy in Canada.

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Course Overview

Via recorded webinar
Course Description:
Please note: This is a pre-sale. The video will be available on September 25, 2024.

APT Primary Focus Area(s):
Seminal Theories: 1 CE
Skills and Methods: 3 CE
Special topics: 2 CE
Total Play Therapy CE Hours: 6 CE

The use of play therapy and arts-based interventions creates an engaging context for addressing the unique needs of children and youth who are grieving.

Join award-winning author and international speaker Liana Lowenstein, as she equips you with the knowledge and tools needed to work effectively with children, teens, and families who are grieving the dying or death of someone significant in their life.

You will learn up-to-date grief theory, an innovative assessment model, and a variety of creative play therapy and arts-based techniques to help children, youth, and families impacted by drug overdose, suicide, homicide, mass violence, military/line-of-duty casualties, natural disaster, serious illness, and other types of loss. Creative interventions for anticipatory grief will also be presented. The activities are adaptable for use in various settings, including mental health, schools, hospice care, support groups, and grief camps.

Recognizing the pivotal role caregivers play in supporting their grieving children, this training will also provide valuable tips and guidance to equip caregivers with sensitive and age-appropriate methods for discussing death with their children and helping them grieve in a healthy way.

This playful and experiential webinar is designed for both beginning and experienced grief care providers seeking new and innovative ways to assist children, youth, and families in navigating their grief journey.

Original recording date: September 24, 2024 Length: 6 Hours
Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Explain key concepts such as anticipatory grief, disenfranchised grief, suffocated grief, traumatic grief, prolonged grief disorder, the dual process of grief, and the Tiered Model of Bereavement Services.
  • Identify the core tenets of grief informed practice.
  • Describe key guidelines for talking with children about dying and death and supporting them through the process of a family member who is dying.
  • Implement an innovative play-based model for assessing bereaved children, youth, and families.
  • Apply a variety of creative play therapy and arts-based activities to help children, youth, and families impacted by drug overdose, suicide, homicide, mass violence, military casualties, natural disaster, serious illness, and other types of loss.
  • Utilize innovative activities to open communication between children and their caregivers. 
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    Arnold, C. (Ed.). (2018). Understanding child and adolescent grief: Supporting loss and facilitating growth. New York, NY: Routledge.

    Elsner, T. L., Krysinska, K., & Andriessen, K. (2022). Bereavement and educational outcomes in children and young people: A systematic review. School Psychology International, 43(1), 55-70. https://doi.org/10.1177/01430343211057228

    Joy, C., Staniland, L., Mazzucchelli, T.G. et al. What Bereaved Children Want to Know About Death and Grief. J Child Fam Stud 33, 327–337 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-023-02694-x

    Lowenstein, L. (2024). Creative interventions for bereaved children, second edition. Toronto, ON: Champion Press.

    Lowenstein, L. (2024). Cory helps kids cope with grief: Playful activities for young children. Champion Press.

    Ohnogi, A. J. (2018). Play-based interventions for children traumatized by natural and human-made disasters. In A. A. Drewes & C. E. Schaefer (Eds.), Play-based interventions for childhood anxieties, fears, and phobias (pp. 223–243). Guilford.

    Opiola, K., & Swan, A. (2022). Becoming a culturally inclusive white play therapist. In D.C. Ray, Y. Ogawa, & Y.-J. Cheng (Eds.). Multicultural play therapy: Making the most of cultural opportunities with children. Routledge.

    Sirrine, E. H., Salloum, A., & Boothroyd, R. (2018). Predictors of continuing bonds among bereaved adolescents. Omega, 76(3), 237–255. https://doi.org/10.1177/0030222817727632

    Traher, C., & Breen, L. J. (Eds.) (2023). The Routledge international handbook of child and adolescent grief in contemporary contexts. Routledge.

    UK Trauma Council. (2021). Traumatic bereavement: A clinical guide to helping children and young people who are struggling.

    Van Dijk, I., Boelen, P. A., de Keijser, J., & Lenferink, L. I. M. (2023). Assessing DSM-5-TR and ICD-11 prolonged grief disorder in children and adolescents: Development of the Traumatic Grief Inventory–Kids–Clinician-Administered. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 14(2), 2197697. https://doi.org/10.1080/20008066.2023.2197697

    Villarreal-Davis, C., Watts-Figueroa, C., & Turner, R. (2021). Serving together: Play therapy to foster attachment in grieving military families. International Journal of Play Therapy, 30, 231–243. https://doi.org/10.1037/pla0000168

    CE Details:
    6 CE recorded webinar contact hour(s)

    Core Wellness, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0569, for mental health counselors, #MHC-0167 and for psychologists #PSY-0236. Note: This course provides 6 Clinical contact hour(s) self-study credits. 

    Core Wellness, LLC is authorized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for all programs. Our credits are accepted by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Board of Psychologists. Please verify with your board.

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    Passing Score and Retest Policy:
    Completing the video and achieving a posttest score of 80% or above is required to receive CE award. Open material permitted and one can retest unlimited times. Upon passing, we will email you a completion certificate within one business day. If failed, we will email you a retest in the same timeframe.

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    Fee covers: Attendance, course material and CE award to those who successfully complete the course and pass the posttest. Registration is open indefinitely. Recordings, handouts and completion certificates are accessible for a guaranteed one year as long as your account is active. Full refund or equal exchange up to 14 days of purchase if you are not satisfied as long as a completion certificate was not issued. For further details, please see the FAQ section or contact us.

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    Financial Declarations:
    The presenter and Core Wellness hereby declare that no conflict of interest, competing interest, or commercial support for the CE program are present. Presenter receives compensation for program delivery and sales as well as sales of his/her personal books and products.

    APT Credits:
    This training is approved by APT Approved Provider #20-610 for X CE Hour(s) (Non-contact).

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    Creative Play Therapy Interventions for Grieving Children, Youth and Families

    Creative Play Therapy Interventions for Grieving Children, Youth and Families

    Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Play Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists (MFT)



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