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Digital Seminar

Play-Based CBT for Children with Anxiety: Innovative Techniques that Work

Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S
Approx. 6 Hours
Mar 03, 2023
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We know CBT is effective to help kids manage their anxiety. The problem is, traditional CBT that is talk-focused and workbook-based falls flat.

By integrating therapeutic games, art, stories, and puppets into CBT, you’ll captivate children’s interest, put them at ease, and motivate them to learn and apply core skills.

This one-day event will offer you an opportunity to walk alongside an expert and learn creative therapeutic techniques to engage, assess and treat anxious children. You’ll learn to forge a more positive therapeutic experience for kids as they get out from underneath the anxious chatter in their minds.

Watch award-winning author and international speaker Liana Lowenstein, as she brings CBT to life through her innovative approach.

You’ll learn to make CBT engaging through PLAY interventions to:

  • Create a safe and trusting therapeutic environment
  • Assess anxiety symptoms and its impact on the child
  • Provide kid-friendly psychoeducation about anxiety and CBT basics
  • Foster treatment readiness and navigate resistance
  • Implement developmentally appropriate cognitive restructuring techniques
  • Develop gradual exposure plans that fit the child’s needs
  • Teach effective relapse prevention skills

Watch the activities come alive through videos of client sessions and activity demonstrations and come ready to play and immerse yourself in hands-on experiential exercises.

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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.

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Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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. Analyze the special challenges of utilizing CBT with children.
  2. Determine the benefits of integrating play therapy interventions in CBT with children.
  3. Use at least two play-based interventions to assess anxiety in children.
  4. Conclude two methods for fostering treatment readiness in anxious children.
  5. Implement at least five new play therapy interventions to treat anxiety in children.
  6. Construct play-based ways to engage resistant children so they will follow through with an exposure plan.


CBT with Anxious Children
Not as Straightforward as it May Seem
  • Challenges of engaging anxious children in CBT
  • Rationale for integrating playful activities with CBT
  • Key guidelines for CBT with anxious children
  • Creative use of rewards to motivate children to follow through with skill practice
Childhood Anxiety
What’s Normal and What’s Problematic
  • What anxiety looks like and feels like in children
  • Differentiating anxiety and ADHD
  • Common anxious thoughts
  • Physiological responses to anxiety
Innovative Model for Engaging and Assessing Children
  • Build trust and rapport with children
  • Help children open up and share their fears
  • Hone in on key areas to assess
  • Gather key information from parents and teachers
  • Translate assessment information into an effective treatment plan
  • Limitations and risks
Tips, Tricks, and Treatment Techniques
Play Therapy Games, Art, Stories & More
  • Play therapy interventions to address the core components of CBT
    • Foster treatment readiness
    • Exposure plans to fit unique needs of each client
    • Address resistance so children will approach rather than avoid their fears
    • Collaborate with parents and school personnel to augment the child’s therapeutic progress
    • Storytelling with young children to facilitate gradual exposure
Innovative Activities to Treat the Toughest Cases
  • Signs and symptoms of phobias, separation anxiety, perfectionism, and selective mutism
  • Sample gradual exposure plans to treat complex anxiety disorders
  • Creative games, stories, art, and more to equip children with essential skills to face their fears

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Play Therapists
  • Educators
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists


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