What is Therapy?

When children and adolescents are having difficult family, social, or academic situations, therapy can be helpful in navigating between the issues. This training is designed to help parents, teachers, and caregivers understand and talk with their children about different styles of therapy.

What is therapy? Online Training

Created by Karen Zilberstein, LCSW. Karen is a child and family therapist in Northampton, MA and Adjunct Associate Professor at Smith College School for Social Work. She chairs the Training Resource Working Group for the Re-envisioning Foster Care in America (REFCA) initiative, which works collaboratively with the Department of Children and Families to bring innovative programs to improve systems of care and outcomes for foster children.

The content of the Curriculum trainings are based on relationship based therapy and practices, developed by the mental health team of A Home Within and Dr. Toni Heineman, author of Relational Treatment of Trauma and co-editor of Relationship Based Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults.

About the Training

When a child or youth is struggling with a confusing or stubborn issue meeting with a psychotherapist can provide a new perspective. This training discusses the benefits of therapy and describes the different forms of therapy that can be useful.”  

At the end of this training you will:

  • Understand the differences between various types of therapy.
  • Learn how to speak to a child, youth, or family member about the benefits of therapy.
  • Assess whether therapy might be helpful for a child, youth or young adult.


The training is organized along different points in children’s lives, from infancy to toddlerhood to school-age to adolescence. Each section reviews typical developmental milestones, signs of areas that would benefit from therapy, and different forms of therapy that might be useful.

At the end of each training you will find:

  • a form for evaluating the training,
  • a form for submitting a question to our panel of experts.

Get your certificate here.

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