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Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Anxiety

Ideas and Activities for Working Therapeutically with Worried Children and Their Families

Fiona Zandt Suzanne Barrett Richy K. Chandler Karen Lynn Cassiday



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Jessica Kingsley Publishers
21 October 2020
This book sets out therapeutic activities to help children aged 4-12 years and their families to better understand and manage anxiety. It explains how to work with anxious children, providing a framework for assessment and therapy that draws on CBT, ACT and narrative therapy approaches. Lots of practical tips for therapists are included and important developmental considerations are discussed, including adapting therapy for children with developmental difficulties, and working with families and schools.

Over 50 playful therapeutic activities are included, which have been developed through the authors' extensive work with children, giving children an arsenal of coping strategies. They focus on key areas such as understanding anxiety, managing anxious thoughts, and building resilience and use readily available, inexpensive materials and downloadable templates which are provided in the book. This is the perfect tool for therapists looking for playful and purposeful ways to work with children with anxiety.
By:   Fiona Zandt, Suzanne Barrett
Illustrated by:   Richy K. Chandler
Foreword by:   Karen Lynn Cassiday
Imprint:   Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 276mm,  Width: 214mm,  Spine: 14mm
Weight:   520g
ISBN:   9781787750944
ISBN 10:   1787750949
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   21 October 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary & secondary/elementary & high school ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr Fiona Zandt and Dr Suzanne Barrett are clinical psychologists who each have over 18 years experience working therapeutically with children and families in a broad range of settings. They founded Creative Child Therapy Workshops in 2014 (, providing in person and online workshops for therapists. Fiona and Suzanne both have successful private practices in Melbourne, Australia, and provide clinical supervision. In addition, Fiona works with the Specialist Autism Team at the Royal Children's Hospital and as a guest lecturer.

Reviews for Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Anxiety: Ideas and Activities for Working Therapeutically with Worried Children and Their Families

I invite you to enjoy this wonderful book that Doctors Zandt and Barrett have created for all of us grownup therapists who need a kickstart for our imagination. They have taken the complicated ideas that explain how anxiety works in the body and mind and created fun, memorable ways to explain and experience what happens when a child gets anxious and what to do once anxiety occurs. -- from the Foreword, Karen Cassiday, President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America

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