Clinical Resources for Working with Children and Families

Carmela Wenger, LMFT working with families

For children APSAC The American Assoc for the Abuse of Children Association for Play Therapy

For families training from Sue Johnson

“Windows to our Children” by Violet Oaklander

“Healing The Hurt Child: A Developmental Contextual Approach”

by Denis M Donovan & Deborah McIntyre

The “Suitcase Story” is online and addresses the experience of being a foster child.

The author is Carmela Wenger. First published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry


“Theraplay” by Jernberg Booth

“The Heart Knows Something Different” by Youth Communication


“Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes” by Peter Levine and Maggie Kline

“Strong at the Heart” by Carolyn Lehman

“Strong in the Broken Places” by Carolyn Lehman

“Using Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy” edited by Larry Rubin

“Turning Points: Treating Families in Transition and Crisis” by Pittman

“Patterns of Relating: An Adult Attachment Perspective”

by Malcolm West & Adrienne Sheldon-Keller

Carrie Coppini, APPC working with 0-6 and caregivers

“Don’t Hit My Mommy” by Alicia Lieberman, Chandra Gnosh Ippen, & Patricia Van Horn

“The Whole-Brain Child” by Daniel Siegel


Jennifer Finamore, LMFT working with elementary age children

“Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s      “Behavioral Challenges” by Mona Delahooke

“Raising Good Humans: A Mindful Guide to Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting and

Raising Kind, Confident Kids” by Hunter Clarke-Fields


“What to do if you Worry Too Much- A Kids Guide to Overcoming Anxiety”

by Dawn Huber and Bonnie Matthews

Resource for Clinicians:

www.wonderscounseling    Go to the “Resources” page and sign up for her weekly newsletter. She offers free articles, helpful videos, and inexpensive trainings on play therapy topics.


Larissa Krause, LCSW working with tweens and teens

“Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain.” by Dan Siegel, MD “DBT Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Working with Teens” by Carol Lozie