Therapeutic Engagement of Children and Adolescents

Therapeutic Engagement of Children and Adolescents

Play, Symbol, Drawing, and Storytelling Strategies

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Crenshaw, a psychologist and registered play therapist-supervisor, states at the outset that psychotherapy is "part science and part art." The theme carries through his book on child therapy as he discusses engaging reluctant children and adolescents, the use of symbols, drawing, storytelling, and other means to aid young patients suffering from grief, rejection, or other difficulties. The author's intuitive, jargon-free, and well-researched work will interest established therapists as well as novice practitioners. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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This book addresses the challenges faced when children who refuse to talk, children who lack psychological mindedness, teens who experience a strong aversion to the influence of any adult, and children and teens who mask their woundedness by hostility or diffidence show up for therapy. This book does not push one therapeutical or theoretical approach over another but specifically describes useful tools that can be utilized within a wide range of approaches.
This book addresses the issues that child and adolescent therapists struggle with the most—how to meaningfully engage and create conditions for transformative change with children and teens who are unwilling participants at the outset and who regard any allowed influence by the therapist to be a competitive defeat. To engage these particularly reluctant children, Dr. Crenshaw has expanded the variety of stories offered in a previous book Engaging Resistant Children in Therapy, and added not only drawing, but symbol work and play therapy variations to offers choices and a range of tools to involve them in a meaningful collaborative therapeutic process. The book begins with a review of research and a rationale for using tools consisting of symbolic play for younger children and the therapeutic use of symbols, drawing, and storytelling in order to create portals of entry to reach disconnected children. The book is organized in chapters along major therapeutic goals as follows with specific tools described to meet the objectives: the challenge of therapeutic engagement with reluctant children; relational strategies to engage heart and mind; the therapeutic use of symbols to access the internal and relational worlds of the child or teen; building the therapeutic alliance with strategies that honor strengths; strategies to strengthen the self-observer; facilitating empathy for self and others; strategies to access the pain of social rejection; tools to address grief and traumatic loss; the 'quest for home' strategies; and the delicate operation of facilitating hope. The strategies described were chosen and developed based on and informed by a vast developmental psychopathology.

Publisher: Lanham : Jason Aronson, 2008
ISBN: 9780765705716
Branch Call Number: 618.9289 CRE
Characteristics: v, 169 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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