Using Stories and Children's Therapy Books: An Overview for Clinicians

Presented by Leo D. DeBroeck, MS, LMHC, CMHS, MHP on 10-26-2022 at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 p.m. Eastern) to 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern)

In this 1-hour continuing education webinar for therapists, Leo DeBroeck will review strategies, clinical considerations, and potential concerns of using therapy books in clinical practice with families, youths, and children. He will help process common questions and discussion points that may arise when using books and children's stories in therapy. Mr. DeBroeck will explain strategies for selecting therapy books that will be able to be used effectively in settings with children, teens, and caregivers. Mr. DeBroeck will also process common concerns counselors may have about using therapy books and ways to overcome those fears.

This continuing education webinar is designed to help mental health clinicians: 

  1. Identify at least one common fear counselors have in using children’s therapy books in therapy.
  2. Describe one intervention for overcoming one's own fear of using children’s therapy books in session.
  3. Describe how to avoid dangers in using therapy books.
  4. Describe how stories can impact children in a therapeutic setting.
  5. Explain how to provide therapy books as homework for sessions.

Statement of program material’s accuracy, utility, and risks: Course material references will be provided. This program discusses general strategies for applying the concepts taught in a clinically responsible manner. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing any activity, modality, or intervention used in your practice and make sure it is in accordance and in compliance with your professional standards and ethics and within your skills set. Replication/duplication of the material without written permission is prohibited. This presentation is intended for educational purposes for mental health professionals, not for general public practice or news outlets.

Declaration of conflicts of interest and commercial support: Leo DeBroeck is not an employee of any company or product that is being used. This presentation is without any endorsement, marketing, sales orientation, or bias. The presenter has no conflicts of interest to declare.

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1 CE contact hour will be provided by GoodTherapy for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

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Meet the Presenter

Leo D. DeBroeck, MS, LMHC, CMHS, MHP

Leo D. DeBroeck, MS, LMHC, CMHS, MHP

Leo DeBroeck is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Child Mental Health Specialist in Washington State who works full-time at a community health center. He is CBT Plus certified through the University of Washington and Harborview Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress Center. 

Leo completed his Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Washington University with his thesis on factors in suicide. At Eastern Washington University, he completed the Addiction Studies Suicide Assessment, Treatment, & Management Certification. He has experience working with children and adolescents at an intensive inpatient program in Spokane, Washington for several years. He has worked in several different levels of care for mental health treatment including long-term inpatient care, WISe wraparound intensive services, school-based therapy services, and outpatient clinical settings. He also works as a quarterly faculty lecturer for Eastern Washington University’s satellite campus at Bellevue College and the main Cheney campus. He provides continuing education credits to other professionals and teaches night classes and seminars to graduate and undergraduates in foundations of psychotherapy, trauma: assessment, management, and treatment, cognitive and behavior change, and more.

Leo has published peer-reviewed scientific research on young adults related to suicidality. He has written many award-winning therapy books and short stories for families and children, including several self-published children's therapy books for use in therapy settings addressing grief, addiction, neglect, abuse, and more. He is the president and founder of Counselor's Choice Award, LLC which reviews and promotes scientifically validated counseling products, therapeutic tools, and books.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Logo GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2022 - 03/30/2025.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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