Certificate in Essential Skills for Assessing and Treating Children and Families

Certificate in Essential Skills for Assessing and Treating Children and Families

In light of public health information on COVID-19, this event has been postponed until further notice. All trainees currently registered for this event will be contacted via email with more details. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to keep our trainees, facilitators, visitors and staff safe.



Event Details

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Certificate Program Overview: 

Dates: March 5, 6, April 29, 30, 2020.

Facilitators:  Liana Lowenstein, MSW., RSW., CPT-S, Greg Lubimiv, MSW., CPT-S

This training is suitable for: 
Mental Health Professionals: Mental Health Clinicians, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, social workers.

Prerequisites:  Basic child and family therapy skills.

In this 4-module certificate program, you must complete all 4 modules to obtain the certificate. Please note: the individual modules can be taken separately but you will not receive the certificate.

This four-day certificate program is for practitioners who regularly work with children, adolescents, and their families and are interested in augmenting their clinical skills and therapeutic toolkit.  The course will cover various topics including rapport-building, engaging resistant children and parents, implementing an innovative assessment model, strengthening core family therapy skills, and utilizing play and expressive arts techniques.  Through didactic presentation, experiential exercises, and videos of actual client sessions, this training will combine theoretical material with hands-on therapeutic techniques.  Participants will come away with many new and innovative engagement, assessment, and treatment interventions for use with children and families who present with a wide range of issues.

Individual Module Overview:

Module 1 What's going On? An Innovative Model for Assessing Children and Teens

Date: March 5, 2020Presenter: Liana Lowenstein, MSW., RSW., CPT-S


Overview: The initial phase of therapy is perhaps the most important as it forms the foundation for successful ongoing work. An atmosphere of safety must be created in which the child is made to feel accepted, understood, and respected. A comprehensive assessment needs to be conducted so that an appropriate treatment plan can be developed. This course will focus on the beginning phase of therapy, namely, how to build a positive therapeutic rapport, engage resistant clients, conduct a comprehensive assessment, and develop a treatment plan. 

Participants will learn to:

  • articulate the importance of developing a positive therapeutic rapport

  • implement strategies to engage resistant, hard to serve children and parents

  • utilize a variety of innovative interventions to engage and assess children and teens

  • list the key steps for developing a treatment plan

Module 2 : Wanna Come Out And Play? The Creative Use of Games, Stories, Puppets, and Art with Children and Teens 

Date: March 6, 2020| Presenter: Liana Lowenstein, MSW., RSW., CPT-S


Overview: The creative use of games, puppets, stories, and art engages children and teens in therapy and helps them to resolve their psychological difficulties.  Through this hands-on training, participants will learn how to utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques to make sessions meaningful and effective.  The activities presented can be used with a wide range of presenting problems and difficulties.  Videos and live demonstrations will be used to illustrate techniques.

Participants will learn to:

  • identify the therapeutic value of game play, and the criteria for game selection
  • utilize basic skills in bringing a puppet to life
  • describe the steps to writing therapeutic stories and how to integrate metaphors
  • articulate guidelines to processing client artwork
  • implement a variety of play and expressive arts techniques
  • describe key processing skills to deepen therapeutic work

Module 3 Essential Theory and Practical Skills for Child-Focused Family Therapy

Date: April 29, 2020 | Presenters: Liana Lowenstein, MSW., RSW., CPT-S and Greg Lubimiv, MSW., CPT-S


Overview: Working with children in the context of their family has unique benefits. This course will present the rationale for child-focused family sessions, and will outline the major models and essential skills of family therapy.

Participants will learn to:

  • list the benefits of conducting sessions with all family members
  • identify the different theoretical models of family therapy
  • implement core therapeutic skills in family therapy
  • articulate common challenges in family therapy and identify strategies to overcome these challenges
  • describe how to effectively contract and set goals with families 


Module 4: Creative Techniques for Child-Focused Family Therapy 

Date: April 30, 2020 | Presenters: Liana Lowenstein, MSW., RSW., CPT-S


Overview: The use of creative techniques in child-focused family therapy sessions provides a medium for all members to participate, and promotes positive family interaction. This workshop will outline innovative techniques to engage, assess, and treat families. Interventions to strengthen parenting skills will also be described and demonstrated. This training is geared to beginning and seasoned family therapists who wish to add innovative techniques to their
therapeutic repertoire.

 Participants will learn to:

  • describe the rationale for using play-based techniques in family therapy, and implement a variety of creative interventions
  • identify the areas to observe when assessing families and utilize helpful tools for assessing families
  • implement strategies to strengthen parenting skills
  • describe the key ingredients for an effective termination and integrate techniques into ending sessions with families

*Photography is being used for illustrative purposes only and any person depicted in the content is a model, except where indicated.

  • When

  • Thursday, March 5, 2020 - Thursday, April 30, 2020
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health - Training Institute
    114 Maitland Street
    Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1E1

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