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Dr. David A. Crenshaw, Director  

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Dr. Crenshaw is the proud recipient of The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hudson Valley Psychological Association.

Dr. Crenshaw is co-editing a series of books for Guilford.  Please click here for his Guilford books and ordering information.

 Rosie, first NY trial dog and what you can do to support Rosie's Law

"Heartfelt Feelings" Coloring Cards

Certified translations in 8 languages

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Dr. Crenshaw's book Bereavement: Counseling the Grieving throughout the Life Cycle is so successful that it is now in its third printing and earned an average customer rating of 4.0 out of 5 starsfrom Amazon.com      

Read Dr. Crenshaw's articles in Play Therapy magazine by clicking on title: "Should I Be Worried?"  "Selective Mutism" "Preverbal Trauma" "No Time or Place for Child's Play" "Sounds of Silence" "Symbolism of Windows and Doors in Play Therapy" "The Wonder of It All" "Rosie Goes to Court"  "Secrets Told to Ivy"  with permission of Play Therapy Magazine.  

Two New Poetry Books By David A. Crenshaw (click on titles for details)       The Vision of the Heart  and A Place of Healing and Hope

Books below are available in paperback at 20% discount. To order click on the book images below or simply call 1-800-462-6420.  Code # 4W9CAPBK.  If you want to read reviews first, click on book title under the book image.

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Wounded Spirits and Healing Paths,

Therapeutic Engagement of Children and Adolescents

Understanding and Treating the Aggression of Children: Fawns in Gorilla Suits

Understanding and Treating Aggressive Children: Fawns in Gorilla Suits

Handbook of Play Therapy with Aggressive Children


Evocative Strategies in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Presentations- Including Upcoming
Testimonials from Presentations
Dr. Crenshaw's Publications
DVD on Grief
...Heart Symbol Strategies
...Heartfelt Feelings Coloring Card Kit
...Party Hats on Monsters
...Anger Modulation Drawings
...The Ship Prepares for Voyage
...The Magic Key
...The Fair Trial
...The Tree at the Top of the Hill
...Falling Leaves
...Holiday Writing Exercises
...Three Doors
Articles for Parents and Teachers
Article: Empathic Healer
Article: The Fawns beneath the Gorilla Suits
Article: The Hidden Dimensions
Article: Sounds of Children's Silence
Article: Windows to the Child�s Soul
Article: Selective Mutism
Article: Sealing off the Fountain
Article: by Liana Lowenstein, MSW
Article: Rosie the Golden Retriever
Poetry... Musings of the Soul
...Multicultural Language of Healing a Child
...Poetry Book-The Vision of the Heart
...Poetry Book-A Place of Healing and Hope
Tribute to Survivors of Domestic Violence
"My Wish for Children"
YouTube Videos
About Dr. Crenshaw

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Dr. Crenshaw's New Therapy Book Is Now Available 

Evocative Strategies in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy 


Jason Aronson, a Division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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This book written by Dr. Crenshaw for all therapists, counselors, play therapists, art, expressive, and creative arts therapists, family therapists who work with children describes in detail with clinical examples more than 170 new creative strategies for engaging children and adolescents in meaningful therapeutic exchange.


�Reading David Crenshaw�s new book is an evocative experience that elicits feelings of sadness, anger, despair, surprise, excitement, hope and pure joy. David demonstrates the integrative approach in his book that he advocates in his work: A true anchoring of technique in theory. He more than meets the challenge of contemporary clinicians of substantiating their approaches with a thorough understanding of the available science. The end result is a masterful blend of a solid foundation that serves as a springboard for lovely, spirited, and purposeful leaps of creativity. I highly recommend this informative, moving, and immediately useful book.   Eliana Gil, Ph.D., Multicultural Clinical Center, Springfield, VA; Author of the Healing Power of Play and Family Play Therapy

"Evocative Strategies in Child and Adolescent Therapy clearly deserves to be in every library of all clinicians working with children and adolescents. David Crenshaw's clinical use of metaphor, storytelling, art, poetry, role playing, drama and rituals is nothing short of masterful. This book is a ground-breaking contribution to the field and will continue to nourish those who read it and be gifted by the inherent teachings for years to come."   Joyce C. Mills, Ph.D. LMFT, RPT-S IBECPT, Co-author: Therapeutic Metaphors for Children and the Child Within, and  Author: Reconnecting to the Magic of Life

"A superb description of the clinical application of drawing and storytelling techniques that child therapists can put to immediate use in their practice. Highly recommended!" Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D., RPT-S co-editor: Contemporary Play Therapy and Short-Term Play Therapy for Children.    



Dr. Crenshaw has identified twenty different kinds of evocative strategies. Therapists use evocative techniques to elicit vivid memories, recollections, or associations or to stimulate emotionally meaningful dialogue. The word �evoke� suggests depth and �summoning forth.� Dr. Crenshaw has identified twenty different categories of evocative strategies:

1) Evocative Narrative Stems

2) Evocative Stories

3) Evocative Drawings

4) Evocative Projective Drawing and Storytelling

5) Evocative Scenarios

6) Evocative Proverbs and Ancient Parables

7) Evocative Quotations, and Sayings

8) Evocative Imagery and Fantasy Techniques

9) Evocative Role Playing Techniques

10) Evocative Writing Assignments

11) Evocative Child-Centered Symbolic Play Interventions

12) Evocative Directive Symbolic Play Interventions

13) Evocative �Child-Friendly� CBT Interventions

14) Evocative Dramatic Skits

15) Evocative Rituals

16) Evocative Use of Symbols

17) Evocative Use of Dream Symbols as Metaphors

18) Evocative Use of the Self as Therapist

19) Evocative Child Statements and Empathic Translations

20) Evocative Positive Memories

 Each category of evocative strategies is illustrated in chapters organized according to developmentally cogent themes ranging from preschool children through school age and adolescence.  The majority of the techniques are geared toward school age children and teens, but some are suitable, for instance the Bramley Story Series (for working with grief), for preschool children.  The chapter themes are as follows: 

Attachment and Loss

Power and Control

Aggression, Chaos and Violence

Anxiety, Fear and Terror

Conflict and Struggle

Search for Meaning

Courage and Determination

Inner Strength and Resources

Empathy for Self and Others

Healing, Transformation and Hope

The book contains 17 chapters with the last three chapters containing three compelling, in-depth therapy case studies in which evocative strategies played a key role in the therapy outcome.

Dr. Crenshaw continues to identify and create more categories of evocative strategies and intends to make those available on his website, so please visit often to learn of the additional categories of evocative strategies and specific techniques he is developing.

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