Tools for Effective Therapy with Children and Families provides mental health professionals with step-by-step tools and strategies for effective therapeutic outcomes with children and their families. An integration of solution-focused brief therapy and play therapy, this groundbreaking book is uniquely suited to clinicians working with school-aged children and their parents. Tools for Effective Therapy with Children and Families uses clearly articulated and creative play activities to elicit conversations about solutions, successes, and collaborative goals with clients. Session transcripts and technique illustrations throughout the chapters allow clinicians to see the solution-focused approach in action.

chapter |6 pages


chapter 1|9 pages


chapter 2|13 pages

H. Hello

chapter 3|18 pages

O. Orientation Toward Solutions

chapter 4|9 pages

P. Past and Present Exceptions

chapter 5|10 pages

S. Scene 1: Future Play

chapter 6|21 pages

C. Create a Scale

chapter 7|18 pages

O. Optimizing Creativity

chapter 8|20 pages

T. Trauma and Abuse Solutions

chapter 10|17 pages

H. Hope for Families