Child Therapy: Tools, Toys and Techniques
by Paris Goodyear-Brown, Scott Riviere and Janine Shelby
Simply learning the theories of child development and therapy does not make us better or even more effective child therapists. Watch and learn from a talented trio of child clinicians as they demonstrate 10 playful, creative and interactive techniques for connecting with children and helping them cope with sadness, anger, anxiety and trauma.
It is easy to feel stuck in therapy with children, trying to figure out the best way to connect with and help them with their problems. It’s even easier to fall into the rut of using the same old toys and games over and over, expecting different therapeutic results. Goodyear-Brown, Shelby and Riviere understand this and know their way around the therapeutic playroom. They demonstrate 10 play-based techniques using a myriad of materials and activities including drawing, puppets, role-play, storytelling, arts-and-crafts, and mindfulness—all proven to help your young clients better cope with anxiety, sadness and trauma.

Using a “prescriptive-eclectic” approach which matches evidence-based CBT-oriented techniques with the child’s symptoms, they fully describe and playfully demonstrate enjoyable, easy-to-learn and effective tools for your therapeutic toolbox. You will learn to creatively engage with your young clients in a flexible and non-threatening way; keeping them interested, engaged and moving towards solutions to their problems. In turn, they will enjoy their time with you and see that problems can be shared, measured and solved.

What therapists are saying…

“Just what we needed as practitioners of play therapy! Not only are the techniques demonstrated clever, adaptable, and ready for immediate application with clients, but the presenters engagement in the process reminds us that our creativity, sense of fun, and willingness to play is our best therapeutic tool. I could watch them work/play all day.”

—Nikkie Dunnigan, MS
“Nothing is better than watching the experts show us how their techniques are done--unless they also explain the rationale, which they do here. This video includes fantastic descriptions and enactments of ten techniques to help play therapists and others working with children to overcome anger and worry. That the techniques can be used with many ages is an added bonus!”

—Julie Nash, PhD
In Depth
It has been said that play is the language of children, and toys their words. You will increase your fluency in this language by watching these three masterful child therapists in action.
The techniques demonstrated in this video are organized according to the presenting problems you are most likely to encounter in your day-to-day clinical work with children:

Anger Management Techniques
  • Lose the Bruise
  • The Madometer
  • Angry Andrew and Friends

Stress Management and Anxiety Reduction Techniques
  • All Tangled Up
  • Frightened Freddy
  • Breathing with Bubbles

Interventions for Treating Traumatized Children
  • Zip It
  • Blameberry Pie
  • Monster Ears
  • Menu of Soothing Strategies

While meaningful therapeutic work with children involves far more than just using techniques, watching these demonstrations will provide you with a set of powerful tools to expand your clinical repertoire. 

Length of video: 1:04:49

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-560-2

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-560-1

Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S, the founder and director of Nurture House, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with 20 years of experience in treating families in need. While she specializes in treating trauma (sexual abuse, physical abuse, maltreatment and neglect) and attachment disturbances, she often provides help for anxious, angry or depressed children and teens. A child development expert, she frequently provides parent consultation, dyadic assessment and parent coaching to help parents manage and resolve their children’s behavior problems. Her newest books include Tackling Touchy Subjects, the Handbook of Child Sexual Abuse: Identification, Assessment, and Treatment, Play Therapy with Traumatized Children: A Prescriptive Approach and The Worry Wars: An Anxiety Workbook for Kids and their Helpful Adults. More information about Paris at

Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and one of the first Registered Play Therapist-Supervisors in Louisiana. He is the Director of K.I.D.Z., Inc., Louisiana's first Play Therapy Institute, where his practice is limited exclusively to children and adolescents, ages 2-18 and their families. Scott has over 25 years’ experience dealing with such issues as grief and trauma, anxiety disorders, ADHD, behavioral problems, attachment disorders, and Autism Spectrum disorders. More information about Scott at

Janine Shelby, PhD, RPT-S is a licensed psychologist who provides training, therapy, forensic assessment and international disaster consultation to survivors and those who work with survivors. She has provided hundreds of seminars to audiences throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Dr. Shelby is a board-certified expert in traumatic stress who is a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA, founded the Child Trauma Clinic at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, is the former clinical director of the Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica -UCLA Medical Center and past president of the California Association for Play Therapy.
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