Using Stories and Children's Therapy Books

An Overview for Mental Health Clinicians

*1 Continuing Education (CE) Clock Hour for Behavioral Health Professionals (Home Study Format)

Course Description:

This course will review information on using therapy books in clinical practice with families, youths, and children. Work in the course will include processing common questions and discussion points which most therapists have concerns for. Work includes finding good therapy books that will be able to be used in settings with children, teens, and caregivers. Further discussion points will include processing counselor concerns about using therapy books.

Leo DeBroeck is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and certified in Washington State, USA as a Child Mental Health Specialist that has written many award winning therapy books and short stories for families and children.

Learning Objectives:

• Objective 1) Learner will be able to identify a common fear counselors have in using children’s therapy books

• Objective 2) Learner will be able to identify one intervention for overcoming their own fear of using children’s therapy books in session

• Objective 3) Learner will be able to understand how to avoid dangers in using therapy books

• Objective 4) Learner will be able to understand how stories can impact children in a therapeutic setting

• Objective 5) Learner will be able to understand how to provide therapy books as homework for sessions.

Course Outline:

1) Introductions and Disclaimers

2) Finding good books for therapy

3) Counselor Concerns

4) Conclusion
a) The takeaway
b) References
c) Further readings

*PsychMaven is responsible for all aspects for this program.

*PsychMaven has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP)- ACEP No.6624. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. PsychMaven is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. PsychMaven is approved for both Live/Real Time and Home Study continuing education (CE) programs. This program is designed to meet the standards of NBCC content areas No.1 (Counseling Theory/Practice and the Counseling Relationship).

*PsychMaven is a Licensed Social Worker Continuing Education Provider under the Texas State Board for Social Worker Examiners (Provider No. 7751). PsychMaven may provide continuing education to Social Workers certified and/or licensed in that state, and in other states/jurisdictions that accept the Continuing Education (CE) approval of other state Social Work boards. Please contact your state licensing board if you have questions about the acceptability of continuing education (CE) hours.

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Your Instructor

​Leo DeBroeck, MS
​Leo DeBroeck, MS

Leo DeBroeck is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS) in Washington State. He is CBT Plus certified through the University of Washington and Harborview Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress Center. He works full-time at a community health center as a therapist with a team of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, and Psychologists. He has completed his Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Washington University with his thesis on factors in suicide. 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. He teaches night classes to graduate and undergraduates in foundations of psychotherapy, trauma: assessment, management, and treatment, cognitive and behavior change, and others. He has published peer-reviewed scientific research on young adults related to suicidality. He has written several children's therapy books, which are published on Amazon, for use in therapy settings addressing grief, addiction, neglect, abuse, and others. He is the president and founder of Counselor's Choice Award, LLC which reviews and promotes scientifically validated counseling products, therapeutic tools, and books.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This course is in a home-study format, so it is completely automated to do at your own pace during the enrollment period, so you can start at anytime
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling your access to the course is for 30 days. During that time, you will be able to have access across all of your devices, and you can complete the course whenever it works with your schedule during that time.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
It is our desire that all students have positive learning experiences with us at PsychMaven. This course has no fees attached to it, and you are free to unsubscribe from our connection list at any point
Does this course offer continuing education (CE) credit?
Yes! The course offers one (1) approved continuing education (CE) clock hour under multiple CE approval organizations (as listed in the course description) and can cover the approval needs of many mental health/professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction professionals, and psychologists. However, all students are responsible for confirming if the CE approval of this course meets their CE needs. We can offer you further information about PsychMaven's CE approvals and resources, by visiting us at

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