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)

Tuesday Sep 24, 2024 10.00 AM to 05.15 PM EST
6 CE Hours
$149.99 $99.99
Creative Play Therapy Interventions for Grieving Children, Youth and Families
Live Webinar
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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 live interactive webinar
Course Description:
Note: This training is approved by APT Approved Provider #20-610 for 6 CE Live Webinar. See full details in the APT section below.

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.
Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Sources and Resources (click to expand): 
Alvis, L., Zhang, N., Sandler, I., & Kaplow, J. (2022). Developmental manifestations of grief in children and adolescents: Caregivers as key grief facilitators. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40653-021-00435-0

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 Credits:
 6 CE Live Online Contact Hour(s)

Note: Live interactive webinar is considered the same as live in person by most states. 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 and for psychologists, #PSY-0236. Note: This course provides 6 Clinical Contact Hour(s) live online credits (via interactive webinar) or live in person. 

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 as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 5/18/2024 to 5/18/2027. Social workers completing this course receive 6 Clinical continuing education credits.

NBCC ACEP Approved
Core Wellness, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7094. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Core Wellness, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

APA Approved
Core Wellness, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Core Wellness, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Content Access
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Time Zone and Currency
All times listed are EST (New York time); All prices are in USD.

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
To request an accommodation, please contact us in writing with at least 30 days prior notice and we will do our best to fulfill your request.

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) (Contact/Non-contact).

Course is limited to 50 attendees only. Once capacity is met, course will be unavailable for purchase.To receive APT Contact credits, you are required to:
1) Comply with all announced requirements,
2) Have your camera ON throughout the training
3) Display your full name for attendance and
4) complete the post-test and score 80% or higher. Retest allowed.

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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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