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FAMILY

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Eliana Gil PhD
Play in Family Therapy, Second Edition

This classic volume, now completely revised, has helped tens of thousands of therapists integrate play therapy and family therapy techniques in clinical practice. Eliana Gil demonstrates a broad range of verbal and nonverbal strategies for engaging all family members–including those who are ambivalent toward therapy–and tailoring interventions for different types of presenting problems. Numerous case examples illustrate ways to effectively use puppets, storytelling, art making, the family play genogram, drama, and other expressive techniques with children, adolescents, and their parents. Gil offers specific guidance for becoming a more flexible, creative practitioner and shows how recent advances in neuroscience support her approach. Photographs of client artwork are included.

New to This Edition
*Incorporates 20 years of clinical experience and the ongoing development of Gil’s influential integrative approach.
*All-new case material.
*Discusses how current brain research can inform creative interventions.
*Heightened focus on personal metaphors, complete with detailed suggestions for exploring and processing them.

2.
Sharon Perkins, Stefan Korn, Scott Lancaster, Eric Mooij
Dad’s Guide to Baby’s First Year For Dummies

Dad’s Guide to Baby’s First Year is a comprehensive and practical guide to For Dummies dad hood, with advice on topics ranging from conception to looking after your baby, connecting with your little one and helping your child develop and grow.

Know what to expect during pregnancy and birth – be prepared as your baby grows and enters the world
Prepare for a baby in the house – find out the essential gear you’ll need
Keep baby safe and sound – tips on how to baby proof your home and keep junior safe
Be a hands-on dad – learn practical solutions to common parenting challenges
Be a stay-at-home-dad – discover how to combine being primary care-giver for your child with paid work
Choose the right school for your child – examine the education choices available and what’s best for your little one

3.
Steve Chandler
50 Ways to Create Great Relationships: How to Stop Taking and Start Giving

50 Ways to Create Great Relationships is a book of gentle and practical advice that helps you develop the creativity and consciousness to make all your relationships deeper and more satisfying. Through Steve Chandler’s wit and wisdom, you will learn: * How to be a creator of great relationship and not just a reactor to circumstances. * How to stop feeling and start thinking and thanking. * The necessity of innovation, imagination and creativity in building great relationships. * How to be a creative listener instead of a passive listener * Why appreciating the other person is the start to making great relationships * They key to great relationships: shift from taking to giving. 50 Ways to Create Great Relationships helps you gain a brand-new sense of ownership for all your relationships. Far from a chore or challenge to be dealt with, you will learn that great relationships offer unlimited opportunities for support and sharing. You just have to learn how to make them great and keep them great.

4.
Shea M. Dunham, Shannon B. Dermer, Jon Carlson
Poisonous Parenting: Toxic Relationships Between Parents and Their Adult Children (Family Therapy and Counseling)

How does the toxicity associated with particular parenting styles affect attachment? How do the contaminated views of themselves that children of poisonous parents have affect their relationships into adulthood? Like physicians, clinicians do not want to amputate, but they sometimes find it necessary in order to preserve the health of the larger system. Poisonous Parenting shows clinicians how to recognize the effects of poisonous parenting in adult children and how to heal the scars created by parents’ toxic attitudes and behaviors. Readers will come away from the book understanding ways to counteract the effects of poisonous parenting so that clients can recover and lead a healthy life. They’ll also learn techniques for determining when a relationship can be salvaged, when to proceed with caution, and when to disconnect in order to keep the poison from spreading.

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Christopher Willard PsyD
Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience

Introducing mindfulness into the lives of our children and teenagers is perhaps the greatest gift we can offer. Mindfulness builds emotional intelligence, boosts happiness, increases curiosity and engagement, reduces anxiety and depression, soothes the pain of trauma, and helps kids (and adults) focus, learn, and make better choices. If that weren’t enough, research now shows that mindfulness significantly enhances what psychologists call “flourishing”—the opposite of depression and avoidance.

Growing Up Mindful helps parents, educators, and counselors learn how to embody and share the skills of mindfulness that will empower our children with resilience throughout their lives. With more than 75 accessible exercises and practices, along with adaptations for the individual needs of a wide range of children and teens, this inspiring guidebook brings you road-tested insights and tools for:

• Tapping the power of the imagination, play, and creativity

• Body-based mindfulness and movement practices

• Creatively overcoming resistance and gaining kids’ buy-in

• The mindful use of technology and social media

• Building the foundation through your own personal practice

• “Attending” and “Befriending”—two positive responses to stress

• Setting intentions and managing expectations of new practitioners

• Sharing mindfulness in a formal setting including schools and workplaces

• Extending our practice into the larger communities we share

“Seeds of mindfulness can be planted in anyone at any time—seeds that under the right conditions can burst and bloom into a life of compassion and connection,” writes Dr. Willard. Growing Up Mindful invites you to “embark on something incredible and world-changing” as you join the growing community of adults bringing wonder, curiosity, and reflection back into childhood and adolescence.

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