203, 303 – The Dos and Don’ts of Working with Children

Bringing Together Creativity and Problem Solving
Lynn Lyons

Parts 1 & 2

When doing therapy with children, we don’t often think of creativity and problem solving as equal partners. But when struggling families arrive at your office, it’s the immediate blending of these two components that allows the family to move quickly from being overwhelmed to engaged, and from feeling confused to having a more targeted focus. This workshop will help clinicians clarify the new skills clients need to change entrenched patterns that reinforce their children’s problems. You’ll discover how to:

  • Use the three frames of flexibility, parts, and action to identify salient problems, teach skills, and set goals with families
  • Demonstrate the mind-body connection to children in order to interrupt common somatic symptoms like GI issues, sleep problems, and headaches
  • Create assignments for families that develop flexibility, action, and emotional management
  • Avoid the common therapeutic pitfalls that can unintentionally reinforce anxiety and depression in families and children

Continued with workshop 303


Lynn Lyons, LICSW, specializes in the treatment of anxious families. She’s the coauthor of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents and Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids, and the author of Using Hypnosis with Children: Creating and Delivering Effective Interventions.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Lynn Lyons is in private practice. She receives royalties as an author for HCI; and Norton. Ms. Lyons receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Lynn Lyons has no non-financial relationship to disclose.

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