2022 has been a productive year over at The Playful Therapist Blog filled with weekly blog posts, activities, and downloads!
I wanted to make sure in the hustle-and-bustle of clients, crisis, vacations, and well… life you didn’t miss the best of the best on the blog this year!!
I wanted to take a minute as we close out 2022 and welcome in 2023 to highlight the articles, downloads, techniques, and freebies that thousands of therapists found the most useful over the last year that you might want to pull up on your laptop and dive in OR hit download and print out more resources for your office!
So…. incase you missed it here are the top 10 blogs, resources, activities, and downloads for 2022:
Child Centered Play Therapy FREE DOWNLOAD: CCPT Facilitative Skills Cheat Sheet
This blog is your go-to guide of all of the specific facilitative skills and responses you need to know for a Child Centered Play Therapy session!
Finding What’s Underneath the Behavior with Reality Therapy: FREE DOWNLOAD
Did you know that each choice a young person makes is directly related to meeting a need? AND this can seem difficult and stressful to de-code when behaviors can seem so big, confusing, and frustrating! So, what if we stopped focusing solely on the behavior and turned to explore what needs the behavior was trying to meet? Well this on-the-house download helps you explain allll of this to parents and explore how their child is getting their needs met in day to day life!
How To Stay Calm and Co-Regulate When Children Are Melting Down: FREE DOWNLOAD
Staying calm and regulating when a child is melting down, tantruming, or losing control is one of the most difficult tasks of parenthood. Grab this free cheat sheet of my step-by-step skills to help parents calm and co-regulate during meltdowns and big emotions!
New Mood Jar: Regulation Activity and Free Download of 50+ Coping Skills
Check out this fun regulation activity for teens complete with 50 coping and regulation skills! It’s a playful way to help increase use of therapy skills!
Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy: Three Approaches
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy that focuses on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and has been found to be incredibly effective for using with kids and teens. BUT how do we transfer this very adult approach to be appropriate with kids? Check out these three (kid and child friendly) CBT approaches for kids and teens!
45 Therapeutic Journal Prompts for Teens: FREE DOWNLOAD
Journaling has amazing powers to help with healing, integration, and well…. Just making sense of life! And yet, most teens sit down to journal and are left with feeling “blank” and lack of ideas. Download this free list of therapeutic journal prompts that you can also use for drawing, art, or sand tray in session!
The Power of Validation: 6 Levels of Validation
Did you know that validation is one of the parenting superpowers? AND it can be one of the hardest things for parents to do as it is SO tempting to follow validation with an explanation of why the child is wrong or should see something differently. Check out these concrete steps to help increase effective validation.
Consequences Vs. Punishment in Child Therapy
What is the difference between consequences and punishment? Should we be using these techniques with parents in child therapy? Check out the differences and learn more about ways you can use behavioral interventions effectively!
Give Me 6 Weeks: Strategies for Effective Change
When you are teaching parents and clients a new skill or regulation technique, how often do they come back to the next session and say it didn’t work? When you dig deep you might find that they tried it one or two times. Sometimes (although well meaning) you find they tried out something….but it wasn’t exactly what you had talked about. Other times we have parents and kids that are so sick of the struggle and are so discouraged that they expect an intervention to work 100% of the time the first time. Check out this parenting technique I use in session to help increase appropriate expectations and buy-in!
Parenting Skills: Don’t Steal The Struggle
Want to know a parenting secret? Parenting is hard. Growing up is hard. You can’t escape the struggle. Check out why kids NEED to struggle (in a healthy, loving way) and how parents can help support the struggle!
And there you have it - the most popular blogs, tips, techniques, and downloads of 2022! What do you want to see from The Playful Therapist in 2023? Comment below!
I'm Ann Meehan, an LPCC,