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A (Tote) Bag of Tricks for Engaging and Working With Children. Esta M. Glazer-Semmel, LCSW-C and Deborah Sarsgard, LCSW-C Family Connections, UMB School of Social Work Title IVE Education for Public Child Welfare Program The Governor’s 10 th Annual Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect

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    1. A (Tote) Bag of Tricksfor Engaging and WorkingWith Children Esta M. Glazer-Semmel, LCSW-C and Deborah Sarsgard, LCSW-C Family Connections, UMB School of Social Work Title IVE Education for Public Child Welfare Program The Governor’s 10th Annual Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect April 29, 2003

    2. Agenda • Introductions, agenda and interests • Family Connections and community-based work • Developmental and environmental considerations • The kids’ bag – tools and techniques • Play therapy • Art therapy • Challenges and opportunities • Other?

    3. Getting to Know You • Brief introductions • Goal(s) and rationale for today

    4. Family Connections • Mission: Promoting the safety and well-being of children and families through family and community services, professional education and training, and research and evaluation. Funding provided by Maryland DHR-SSA, Title IVE Education for Public Child Welfare Program, UMB School of Social Work and The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

    5. Program Description • Guiding philosophies • Service • Education • Research www.family.umaryland.edu

    6. Play As Children’s Work

    7. Environmental Considerations • Advantages • Child’s reality and relationship building • Information gathering and assessment • Modeling and teaching • Disadvantages • Lack of control • Limited resources • No immediate consultation

    8. Special Considerations • Nature of the setting • Role definition and child’s perception • Child’s other therapeutic relationships • Chronological vs. developmental age • Capacity for symbolic play

    9. Item Selection • Accessible and affordable • Safe • Not messy • Encourage expression of feelings • Facilitate imaginative play • Culturally sensitive

    10. Self portrait Draw your family Color my world “All About Me” book Inside-outside mask Feelings quadrant Draw your nightmare “Garbage” bag Safe place drawing The Kids’ Bag –Art Techniques

    11. The Kids’ Bag – Play Techniques • Structured games • Play with animals • Use of puppets • Play with cars

    12. Questions and Discussion

    13. HANDOUTA (Tote) Bag of Tricks for Engaging and Working With ChildrenEsta M. Glazer-Semmel, LCSW-C and Deborah Sarsgard, LCSW-CSTANDARD TOY KITPaper(white and colored construction) Crayons, colored pencils, magic markersCard games (Uno, Ungame, Old Maid) Children’s scissors, glue stickPlay Doh or clay (anticipate messiness)Games (Checkers, Candyland)Animal puppets and/or stuffed animalsSmall plastic animals (dinosaurs, mothers and babies)Family figures and/or puppets (ethnically diverse)Matchbox cars and trucks (cop car, ambulance, fire)Play telephones (two)Doll and play baby bottlePlastic hammerBubblesSmall nerf ballMagic wandSunglassesStory booksStickersTreasure boxSources for most materials: Dollar Store, thrift shops, WalMartInexpensive sources for puppets/family figures: www.selfhelpwarehouse.com, www.roseplaytherapy.comSelected ReadingsGill, Eliana. The Healing Power of Play: Working With Abused Children. Guilford Press, 1991.Keduson, Heidi G. and Schaefer (Ed.). 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques. Jason Aronson, 2002.