Playful, Practical and Purposeful Approaches to Childhood Anxiety

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The Playful, Practical and Purposeful Approaches to Childhood Anxiety online course provides a comprehensive overview of childhood anxiety and practical ideas for working with preschool and primary school aged children. A range of engaging therapeutic activities are presented that can be used with children and their families.

In this course, you will learn -

  • about anxiety in preschool and primary aged children
  • key approaches for therapy
  • how to work effectively with anxious children and their families
  • practical skills in assessing and treating anxiety
  • around 30 new creative activities that you can use with children and families

You will receive -

  • About 8 hours of professional development including 5 hours of course videos, accessible for 6 months from purchase date.
  • A copy of our book, Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Anxiety: Ideas and Activities for Working Therapeutically with Worried Children and their Families’ published in 2021 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (rrp AU$52.99 / US$35).
  • A downloadable course workbook, which includes space for reflection and engagement with the course, participant activities and links to further resources and articles.

This course is for therapists who work with children and families, including psychologists, social workers, counsellors, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and other mental health clinicians. Therapists who enjoyed our Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Emotions online course will enjoy this one too!If you are attending one of our workshops for the first time we suggest you consider completing that course first. Both workshops include different therapeutic activities: The Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Emotions course has ideas that are useful for helping children with worry, anger and sadness, while Playful, Practical and Purposeful Approaches to Childhood Anxiety focuses on helping children with worries and fears.

If you are looking to complete this with a group of five or more colleagues please contact us to arrange a group discount. Please note that logins cannot be shared on the Teachable platform.

Your Instructor

Dr Fiona Zandt and Dr Suzanne Barrett
Dr Fiona Zandt and Dr Suzanne Barrett

Dr Suzanne Barrett and Dr Fiona Zandt are both Clinical Psychologists who work with children, adolescents and families. They have over 40 years combined experience working in a range of settings, including the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, child and adolescent mental health services, and private practice, with children and adolescents with a broad range of psychological problems. Their approach draws heavily on ACT, DBT and CBT, utilising developmentally appropriate playful strategies. They emphasise working with families and have a strong system focus.

Fiona and Suzanne are authors of the Creative Ways to Help Children book series for therapists published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and founders of Creative Child Therapy Workshops. Please visit for information about their books, workshops and free resources for therapists working with children and families.

Course Curriculum

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Here are some of the comments from the small group of therapists who recently completed the course as a free trial....

The course is great, it was so helpful to learn more and refine my skills in working with children.I look forward to using the skills I have learnt for many years to come.” - Kristie, Psychologist

“Engaging, fun, informative and clearly evidence-based with fantastic age appropriate therapeutic ideas. It’s brilliant!” - Sarah, OT

Loved it and already recommending it to colleagues” - Nicole, Psychologist

I loved all of the activities and now have a better appreciation of how to work therapeutically with children and families. I think the course certainly answered questions I had about how to work with children in creative, purposeful and practical ways.” - Diana, Clinical Psychologist

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Please note that the ebook code provided with ebook enrolment is a voucher for purchasing the ebook from the Jessica Kingsley Publishers (JKP) online library. Once the ebook is added to your JKP account, you can access it anytime online at Also, once the ebook is added to your account, you can view it on your mobile device by downloading the JKP Library app. The ebook cannot be read on a kindle. Australian residents have the option of a hard copy instead of the ebook.

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