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Wednesday, Mar, 10, 2021 09.30 AM to 12.40 PM EST
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Liana Lowenstein
Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S
Celebrated Play Therapist
Certified TF-CBT Therapist

Liana Lowenstein is a Registered Clinical Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT Therapist who has been working with... Show More


Via live interactive webinar
Course Description:
Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) for 3 CONTACT CE Hours. See below for full details. Course is limited to 40 attendees only. Once capacity is met, course will be unavailable for purchase. 

When children enter therapy because they have experienced the death of a loved one, they are at a very vulnerable time in their lives. They are often anxious about the therapeutic process and reluctant or unable to talk directly about painful feelings. Therapy that is engaging and play-based can facilitate their expression of grief and loss. This webinar will combine up-to-date theory with innovative play therapy techniques. 

A brief theoretical overview will provide a context for the assessment and treatment interventions i.e., definitions, risk factors, developmental impact of grief, and treatment guidelines.

An innovative model for assessing and treating normative and traumatic grief in children will be outlined. The webinar will detail a variety of structured play therapy techniques, including interventions to help children bereaved by suicide and homicide. Participants will come away with a better understanding of grief theory, and many new and innovative play therapy techniques. 

This training will combine lecture, activity demonstrations, videos of client sessions, and experiential exercises. 
Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Explain the key differences between normative grief and traumatic grief
  • Identify the impact of loss at different developmental stages.
  • Identify common risk factors associated with children coping with bereavement.
  • Describe the key guidelines for explaining death to a child.
  • Describe the unique treatment issues of children coping with suicide and homicide death.
  • Apply a variety of innovative play therapy activities to help children cope with the death of a loved one. 
Sources and Resources (click to expand): 
Atle Dyregrov, Kari Dyregrov, Mariana Pereira, Pål Kristensen & Iren Johnsen (2020) Early intervention for bereaved children: What mental health professionals think, Death Studies, 44:4, 201-209, DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2018.1531086

Brown, E., Amaya-Jackson, L., Cohen, J., Handel, S., De Bocanegra, H., Zatta, E., Goodman, R. and Mannarino, A. (2008). Childhood traumatic grief: A multi-site empirical examination of the construct and its correlates. Death Studies, 32, 899-923.

Buket ?im?ek Arslan, Zeynep Özer & Kadriye Bulduko?lu (2020) Posttraumatic growth in parentally bereaved children and adolescents: A systematic review, Death Studies, DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2020.1716886

Kenney-Noziska, S. (2019). Integrating directive and posttraumatic play therapy to address childhood trauma. Play Therapy 14(2), 12-15.

Natasha Griffiths, Trevor G. Mazzucchelli, Shelly Skinner, Robert T. Kane & Lauren J. Breen (2019) A pilot study of a new bereavement program for children: Lionheart Camp for Kids, Death Studies, DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2019.1702121

Polyxeni Stylianou & Michalinos Zembylas (2018) Peer support for bereaved children: Setting eyes on children’s views through an educational action research project, Death Studies, 42:7, 446-455, DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2017.1369472

Wymer, B., Ohrt, J. H., Morey, D., & Swisher, S. (2020). Integrating expressive arts techniques into trauma-focused treatment with children. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 42(2), 124-139.
CE Credits:
 3 CE Live Online Contact Hour(s)
Note: Live interactive webinar is considered the same credit status as live in person by New York, Maryland and many other State boards. Please confirm with your local board.
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 and for mental health counselors, #MHC-0167. Note: This course provides 3 Contact Hour(s) live online credits (via interactive webinar). 
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 via reciprocity by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Board of Psychologists. Please verify with your board.
ASWB ACE Approved:
Core Wellness LLC, #1745, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Core Wellness LLC, #1745 maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/18/2020 to 05/18/2021. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 continuing education credits (in person or live online).
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Content Access:
Upon purchase, all material (link to join the live/webinar, handout and evaluation form) instantly post to your account here (you must be logged in to access) and are also sent to your email on file. Please whitelist all messages from Upon the submission of your evaluation form, the completion certificate is posted to your account here and is sent to your inbox within 1 business day.
Cancellation, Policies and Refunds:
Fee covers: Attendance, course material and CE award to those who complete the course. Registration is open until the course sells out (when this occurs, purchase option is disabled). We recommend signing up early to secure your spot and for early bird pricing. We provide a full refund upon request for cancellations submitted seven (7) calendar days before the webinar date. Cancellations received after that time frame will be granted: a transfer, credit or recorded webinar access, when available. For further questions, please see the FAQ section or contact us. In the rare event of a training cancellation, a notification and full refund (for the course fee only) will be automatically sent to you via your email on file.
Accessibility Accommodations:
We try our best to offer accommodations and accessibility. Please contact us with at least two weeks prior notice.
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.


Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children
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  • Overview of Grief and Play Theory 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • 10 min break 11:00 AM - 11:10 AM
  • Creative Play Interventions for Grief 11:10 AM - 12:40 PM

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