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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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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


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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?


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Getting to Know You

  • Brief introductions

  • Goal(s) and rationale for today


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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.


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Program Description

  • Guiding philosophies

  • Service

  • Education

  • Research

www.family.umaryland.edu



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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


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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


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Item Selection

  • Accessible and affordable

  • Safe

  • Not messy

  • Encourage expression of feelings

  • Facilitate imaginative play

  • Culturally sensitive


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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


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The Kids’ Bag – Play Techniques

  • Structured games

  • Play with animals

  • Use of puppets

  • Play with cars



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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.


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