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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.  

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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

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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"
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The Tree at the Top of the Hill

This projective drawing and storytelling strategy from Engaging Resistant Children in Therapy involves a tall and proud oak tree that has lived long and weathered many challenges, harsh winters, and challenges. The tree has seen wars, famines, and droughts and has weathered them all. The tree has many stories to tell and one night the people of the village gather under the tall and dignified oak tree to hear one of the many stories it could tell. The story pulls for tales related to the harsh circumstances that some kids have endured such as abuse or domestic or community violence.

Drawing Directives

     Now, if you are comfortable doing so, close your eyes for a moment and try to picture that tree standing tall and proud on top of the hill. Try to get a clear picture in your mind of the tree, and when you are ready gently open your eyes and draw as best you can that tree on top of the hill that has survived and weathered so many hard times, but still stands tall and proud.

Follow-Up to the Drawing 

Include in you inquiry questions about others included in the picture.

1.      What title could you give to your drawing?

2.      If the tree could feel what would it be feeling in your picture?

3.      What is the relationship of any others in the picture to the tree?

4.      Is the tree in your picture healthy or sick?

5.      Is it strong or weak?

6.      Is it dying or will it live for at least another hundred years?

7.      Who cares about the tree?

Storytelling Directives 

    Every person who has been on a long journey has many interesting stories to tell. This tree has had a long journey and has lived through many changes.  If the tree could talk what stories would it tell?  The tree has seen and survived so many challenges. The people of the village knew it had many stories it could tell. Pretend that the people who live in the village climbed the steep hill and are gathered around to hear the story of the tree.

 Follow-Up to the Story 

      Therapists can look for central and emotionally significant themes that capture key feelings or conflicts with which the child is struggling and then cross-validate these themes by examining the child�s other stories. The therapist can then employ metaphors in communications that will capture, in a powerful way, these central themes, feelings, and conflicts. The themes can also be used in interpretative activity and in reflections upon subsequent artistic creations. Some additional questions that might be asked of the child follow: 

1.      What made the tree decide to tell its story?

2.      Why did he pick this time to do it?

3.      What would be a good title for the tree�s story?

4.      What did the village people learn from the tree�s story?

5.      Does that tall, strong, proud tree that has survived so much    remind you of anyone?