VIDEO: Getting around Kids' Defense Systems

Using Animal Friends

Charlotte Reznick

Charlotte Reznick on tapping into Imagination to disarm young clients’ defenses

It can be hard to get around your young clients’ defense systems so that the good, therapeutic information gets through.

That’s why Charlotte Reznick, author of The Power of Your Child’s Imagination, uses “animal friends” with her young clients—imaginary creatures she helps kids invent to express their feelings, cope with problems, and even practice new behaviors in therapy and outside.

In this brief video clip, Charlotte explains how you can do this too.

This video is from our Webcast series A New Road Map for Working with Kids and Teens: Getting Through to Today’s Distracted Youth.

Tags: charlotte reznick | Daniel Siegel | imagination | kids | Lynn Lyons | Martha Straus | Ron Taffel | teens | therapy | A New Road Map for Working with Kids and Teens | Children & Adolescents

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 2:58:10 AM | posted by Willis Blackmore LMSW
This is great! I work with kids in the schools, after school and summer therapy programs, individually. It is frequently a challenge to get past or pacify those defenses, especially when a kid has made an inappropriate decision, gotten into a fight or hurt someone, or is really upset or stressed out. Most often I find that approaches that validate and accept, without judgment, a kid's experience, integrity and feelings works best. Wow, what a lot of words for saying, "Right on!"