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Creative Interventions for Engaging Resistant Children in Play Therapy: "I Don't Want to Talk About it"

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Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S
1 Hour 30 Minutes
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May 11, 2022
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The challenge of working with children can be further compounded by their fear of entering therapy, their lack of control over the decision to attend therapy, their feeling of being scapegoated for family problems, their lack of motivation for treatment, and their developmental capacity which can make it difficult for them to respond to traditional talk-therapy.

Liana Lowenstein has helped thousands of therapists around the world learn how to connect with children in person and online.  The first step in working with hard to engage clients is understanding the reasons underlying their resistance, and the second step involves engaging children in the therapeutic process.

View Liana Lowenstein, internationally recognized author and presenter, as she outlines various factors that underlie therapeutic resistance and shares interventions to engage children in therapy and maximize potential for change. Emphasis will be on innovative play therapy techniques including therapeutic games, art, and stories!


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Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD.



Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S's Profile

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Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S, is a Registered Clinical 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 12 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, Turkey, New Zealand, and Australia. She is winner of the Monica Herbert award for outstanding contribution to play therapy in Canada.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Liana Lowenstein maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as a published author. Liana Lowenstein receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Liana Lowenstein is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and Association for Play Therapy.

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  1. Determine the factors underlying therapeutic resistance.
  2. Implement creative play therapy interventions to facilitate rapport-building.
  3. Develop play therapy techniques with clients who are reluctant to verbally articulate their thoughts and feelings.


  • Underlying Causes of Therapeutic Resistance
    • Child characteristics and behaviours
    • Family characteristics and behaviours
    • Therapist characteristics and behaviours
  • Practical Strategies to Engage Resistant Children in Therapy
    • Rapport building strategies
    • Techniques for children unable or reluctant to verbalize their thoughts and feelings
    • Motivate children to manage anger
  • Appropriate Ways to Respond to Hard-to-Engage Children
    • Empathic responses
    • Normalizing responses
    • Responses that facilitate sense of control

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Mental Health Clinicians
  • Play Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • School Counselors
  • Social Workers


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