Working with clients that require long-term mental health treatment presents many challenges, especially if one works with children and young clients. One of the challenges is homework and activities children can practice for their treatment. There is a multitude of therapeutic activities, but not all of them are helpful. For that reason, every mental health facilitation should have a reliable didactic and practical homework planner they can use with children.
One of the best examples of an excellent resource is the book Child Psychotherapy Homework Planner (Wiley, 2014). Written by Arthur E. Jongsma, L. Mark Peterson and William P. McInnis, this practical resource is now printing its fifth edition. That says it all. Not many books make it to their fifth edition, especially books addressing topics regarding mental health treatment.
This planner is part of the acclaimed Homework Planner published by Wiley. The planner presents multiple helpful characteristics.
The first noteworthy feature is the amount of homework this planner offers. There are 98 ready-to-use activities children can benefit from. There are 35 diagnosis addressed in this book and the activities are classified by diagnoses (depression, separation anxiety, blended family, just to mention few).
Another remarkable feature is that all the activities are downloadable and customizable, and of course, printable. This book includes access to online resources users can download and customize depending on the children needs. The resources can be downloaded in a ZIP format folder containing the 98 activities in Word documents. That means users can have the 98 resources in their computers. The objectives of every activities are easy to understand. Children will not have difficulties in understanding the purpose of the homework.
On a personal note, I have been using this material for almost a year and I have noticed that children, as well as their guardians, are very receptive when asked to complete the homework. I have used the activities in both inpatient and outpatient facilities and the results I have observed are quite similar.
Summarizing, this homework planner is designed to assist practitioner in planning homework for children in therapy, both in inpatient and outpatient programs. Easy to use and access activities that can be edited by practitioners according to their clients’ needs. A must have for clinicians, psychologists, psychotherapists, counselors, pastoral counselors, coaches and anyone assisting children with their mental health needs.
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