Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work

Developing Trauma-Informed Practice for Working with Children, Adolescents and Young Adults

Author: Richard Rose

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1784504688

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 336

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Life story work is an approach designed to enable traumatized children to explore, question and understand the past events of their lives. It aims to secure their future by strengthening attachment with their carers and providing the opportunity to develop a healthy sense of self and a feeling of wellbeing. This new edited volume documents innovative ways in which life story work has been developed. It draws on the work of nine life story centres based around the world and provides understanding and guidance for those working with children who have experienced trauma. The book illustrates current theory and practice and looks at how the approach is being used in a variety of settings including schools, intensive services, youth justice, and post-adoption support, highlighting its versatility. The importance of trauma-informed practice when working with vulnerable children is emphasised throughout, to help practitioners provide the best for the children in their care.

Life Story Therapy with Traumatized Children

A Model for Practice

Author: Richard Rose

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1849052727

Category: Psychology

Page: 187

View: 2393

A comprehensive overview for professionals working with traumatized children, which outlines the theory and practice of life story therapy, a method which helps children and cares to question and resolve issues and events within a child's life.

Life Story Work with Children Who are Fostered or Adopted

Creative Ideas and Activities

Author: Katie Wrench,Lesley Naylor

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857006746

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 112

View: 1431

Life story work is one of the key therapeutic approaches to working with adopted or fostered children. While it sounds simple, there is much more to this work than producing photo albums or memory boxes for children. This accessible book is full of tried and tested activities and creative ideas for professionals, parents and carers who may have little time and few resources, but who need to carry out life story work that works for children. The authors describe the optimum conditions in which to carry out life story work and feature activities to accompany each of the necessary stages: creating a sense of safety, emotional literacy, building resilience, exploring identity, sharing information and looking to the future. This book will be a vital tool for social workers, foster carers, adopters, students and any frontline practitioners involved in working with traumatised children.

Digital Life Story Work

Author: Simon P. Hammond

Publisher: British Association for Adoption & Fostering(BAAF)

ISBN: 9781907585678

Category: Adopted children

Page: 110

View: 4544

This innovative guide brings the benefits of life story work - traditionally undertaken with younger children - to young people and adolescents. It describes how to use computers, free software, smartphones and camcorders in a range of contemporary and exciting ways. With an intensely practical approach it outlines a series of fun and engaging projects on which the practitioner and young person can work together, including photo collages, making soundtracks, creating cartoons, and filming guided walks, all designed to help young people make sense of their history.

Children and Adolescents in Trauma

Creative Therapeutic Approaches

Author: Kedar Nath Dwivedi,Chris Nicholson,Michael Irwin

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857003569

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 597

Children and Adolescents in Trauma presents a variety of creative approaches to working with young people in residential children's homes, secure or psychiatric units, and special schools. The contributors describe a wide range of approaches, including art therapy and literature, and how creative methods are applied in cases of abuse, trauma, violence, self-harm and identity development. They discuss the impact of abuse and mistreatment upon the mental health of 'looked after' children, drawing links between psychoanalytic theory and practice and the study of literature and the arts. This indispensable book provides useful insights and a fresh perspective for anyone working with traumatised children and adolescents, including social workers, psychotherapists, arts therapists, psychiatrists, counsellors, psychologists and students in these fields.

Poetry and Story Therapy

The Healing Power of Creative Expression

Author: Geri Giebel Chavis

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9780857003119

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 8581

Poetry and short stories can act as powerful springboards to growth, self-enhancement and healing. With the guidance of a skilled facilitator, participants can engage with their own creative expression, and with that of others, and in doing so find opportunities to voice their truth, affirm their strengths, and find new ways of coping with challenges. This book explores the therapeutic possibilities of poetry and stories in turn, describing how to select appropriate works for discussion, and providing techniques for facilitating personally-relevent and growth-enhancing sessions. The author provides ideas and suggestions for personal writing activities that emerge from or intertwine with this discussion, and explains how participants can create their own poetic and narrative pieces using non-literary stimuli, such as music, photographs, paintings, objects, and physical movement. A useful appendix contains titles of individual poems, stories, and literary anthologies that the author has found particularly beneficial in her work, as well as useful further resources and contact details for readers who would like to train to be registered or certified poetry therapists or facilitators. Combining theory with innovative ideas for practical, experiential exercises, this book is a valuable tool for creative arts therapy students and practitioners, mental health and medical professionals, and anyone else interested in the healing possibilities of creative expression.

Life Story Books for Adopted Children

A Family Friendly Approach

Author: Joy Rees

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1843109530

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 93

View: 7011

This concise book shows a new family-friendly way to compile a Life Story Book that promotes a sense of permanency for the child, and encourages attachments within the adoptive family. Joy Rees' improved model works chronologically backwards rather than forwards, aiming to reinforce the child's sense of security within the adoptive family.

My Life and Me

Author: Jean Camis

Publisher: British Association for Adoption and Fostering (Ba

ISBN: 9781903699003

Category: Adopted children

Page: 120

View: 9665

Children separated from their birth families are often denied the opportunity to know about their past that other children may take for granted. Life story work offers a structured way for children to build a sense of self worth and develop a valuable record about themselves which they can carry with them through life. For use by children of any background or lifestyle, colour coded sections include space for drawings, photos, documents and a record of thoughts and feelings, as well as advice for parents and caretakers. The first fully comprehensive life story workbook!

Art Therapy Techniques and Applications

Author: Susan Buchalter

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781846429613

Category: Psychology

Page: 224

View: 4564

Art Therapy Techniques and Applications contains an original composite of therapeutic goals and evocative ideas that can be used with a wide variety of clients. This book is filled with innovative suggestions and plans that are easily implemented: from brief warm-ups to stretch the imagination, and collage and mask creations to assist the expression of mood, to guidance on combining modalities such as art, metaphors and movement, mindfulness exercises, and using computer programs to enhance art therapy projects. Clear and concise, this is an indispensable reference guide for the therapist who wants to improve focus, develop problem-solving skills, and add creativity to their group work. This book will appeal to art therapists, art therapy students and professors, counselors, and social workers.

No-talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Author: Martha B. Straus

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393702866

Category: Psychology

Page: 242

View: 1029

An innovative approach to treatment of young clients who won't or can't respond to conversation-based therapy. Weaving practical, hands-on ideas with theory and research about child development, child treatment, and the therapeutic relationship, this book describes an innovative approach to treatment of children and adolescents who won't or can't respond to traditional, conversation-based therapy. Within an interpersonal and developmental framework, Martha Straus spells out the deceptively simple goals of no-talk therapy: someone to be close to, and something to be proud of. As Straus demonstrates in her case examples, no-talk children fit many diagnostic pictures. Many start out hesitant about the whole enterprise of therapy, and a few remain intractably detached despite the therapist's best efforts to engage them. For some, the interpersonal requirements of problem-talk or play therapy are well beyond their developmental level. Others may have an abundance of talking and playing skills and be determined not to use them. Most have had lives that are unspeakably hard. Ironically, traditional therapy, with its most fundamental purpose of helping children feel better, is painfully uncomfortable for no-talk children and adolescents. For these children, therapists need an entirely new clinical language, one that doesn't depend on words.Through empathy and respect, games, activities, community involvement, a circle of adults, and little pleasures, this approach emphasizes individual connection, competence, and creativity. Going beyond other methods, no-talk therapy begins to provide these anxious, sullen, enraged, and confused kids with the self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-awareness to develop a voice of their own. Straus opens for readers a huge grab bag of gimmicks, gadgets, and games, from which to draw resources appropriate to every no-talk occasion. Most of all, she offers herself as an engaged, creative, fallible, caring therapist who hears the pain--and the strengths--in the silence.

Creative Coping Skills for Children

Emotional Support through Arts and Crafts Activities

Author: Bonnie Thomas

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781846429545

Category: Psychology

Page: 192

View: 9904

Everyone has different needs when it comes to coping with life's stressors, and children are no different. Some need quiet and soothing activities to calm them down, whereas others require more physical activity or intense sensory input to relax their minds and bodies. This resource comprises a collection of fun, flexible, tried-and-tested activities and make-it-yourself workbooks for parents and professionals to help a child in need of extra emotional support find the coping skills that fit them best. Each activity lists the materials required and includes clear directions for how to do it. There is something for every child: whether they are dynamic and creative or more cerebral and literal. Projects include making wish fairies, dream catchers, and mandalas; managing unstructured time with activities such as creating comics, dioramas and tongue twisters; and simple ideas for instant soothing, such as taking deep breaths, blowing bubbles, making silly faces, and playing music. Creative Coping Skills for Children also includes specific interventions for anxious or grieving children such as making worry dolls and memory shrines. This book is full of fun, easy, creative project ideas for parents of children aged 3–12, teachers, counselors, play therapists, social workers, and all professionals working with children.

Play Therapy with Traumatized Children

Author: Paris Goodyear-Brown

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470561287

Category: Psychology

Page: 400

View: 9236

Introducing a practical model of play therapy for traumatized children Some of the most rewarding work a therapist can do is help a child recover from a traumatic event. But where to begin? A growing body of play therapy literature offers many specific techniques and a variety of theoretical models; however, many therapists are still searching for a comprehensive model of treatment that incorporates solid theoretical constructs with effective play therapy interventions. Clinicians have long recognized that trauma therapy is not just a matter of techniques but a journey with a beginning, middle, and end. In a pioneering contribution to the field, Play Therapy with Traumatized Children: A Prescriptive Approach, the author codifies the process in her model, Flexibly Sequential Play Therapy (FSPT). Integrating non-directive and directive approaches, this components-based model allows for the uniqueness of each child to be valued while providing a safe, systematic journey towards trauma resolution. The FSPT model demystifies play-based trauma treatment by outlining the scope and sequence of posttraumatic play therapy and providing detailed guidance for clinicians at each step of the process. Dramatically demonstrating the process of healing in case histories drawn from fifteen years of clinical practice with traumatized children, Play Therapy with Traumatized Children addresses: Creating a safe place for trauma processing Augmenting the child's adaptive coping strategies and soothing his or her physiology Correcting the child's cognitive distortions Ensuring that caregivers are facilitative partners in treatment Inviting gradual exposure to trauma content through play Creating developmentally sensitive trauma narratives Using termination to make positive meaning of the post-trauma self

Connecting with Kids Through Stories

Using Narratives to Facilitate Attachment in Adopted Children Second Edition

Author: Melissa Nichols,Denise B. Lacher,Joanne C. May,Todd Nichols

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9780857004543

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 240

View: 7992

Adopted children whose early development has been altered by abuse or neglect may form negative beliefs about themselves and parents, and may resist connecting with others. This book outlines how therapeutic stories can help children to heal and develop healthy attachments. With a thorough theoretical grounding, the book demonstrates how to create therapeutic stories that improve relationships, heal past trauma, and change problem behaviour. The story of a fictional family that develops its own narratives to help their adopted child heal illustrates the techniques. This second edition includes updated research on attachment, trauma and the developmental process; a new chapter on parental attunement and regulation; and a new chapter with full length samples of a variety of narrative types. The gentle and non-intrusive techniques in this book will be highly beneficial for children with attachment difficulties. This guide will be an invaluable resource for parents of adopted children and the professionals working with them.

Therapeutic Metaphors for Children and the Child Within

Author: Joyce C. Mills,Richard J. Crowley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134611129

Category: Psychology

Page: 264

View: 469

Winner of the 1988 Clark Vincent Award for an "outstanding contribution to the profession through a literary work" and translated into four languages, the original edition of Therapeutic Metaphors for Children and the Child Within was considered a groundbreaking addition to the field of child and adolescent psychotherapy. The 1986 edition was the first—and to this day the only—book that solely intertwines the extraordinary foundational teachings and philosophies of Milton H. Erickson and creative healing approaches for children and adolescents. With resiliency at its core, this revision now brings forward important topics related to neurobiology and cultural value of metaphor and play, along with fresh case examples and creative activities to a new generation of mental health, education, and coaching professionals.

Life Story Work

A Practical Guide to Helping Children Understand Their Past

Author: Tony Ryan,Rodger Walker

Publisher: British Association for Adoption & Fostering(BAAF)

ISBN: 9781905664023

Category: Adopted children

Page: 100

View: 9684

This authoritative guide will help anyone who wants to use life story work as a way of helping children. This comprehensively revised and attractively illustrated edition has been updated in light of all recent legislation. It incorporates substantial new material from other contributors and presents an assortment of useful techniques and exercises for adults working with children in different settings. The authors also explain how new interactive media can be particularly helpful for many children, and describes successful interactive resources.

The CBT Art Activity Book

100 illustrated handouts for creative therapeutic work

Author: Jennifer Guest

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1784501689

Category: Psychology

Page: 144

View: 3801

Explore complex emotions and enhance self-awareness with these 100 ready-to-use creative activities. The intricate, attractive designs are illustrated in the popular zentangle style and are suitable for adults and young people, in individual or group work. The worksheets use cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and art as therapy to address outcomes including improved self-esteem, emotional wellbeing, anger management, coping with change and loss, problem solving and future planning. The colouring pages are designed for relaxing stress management and feature a complete illustrated alphabet and series of striking mandala designs.

Life Story Work with People with Dementia

Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary People

Author: Polly Kaiser,Ruth Eley

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857009141

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 2686

Introducing life story work, a way for people with dementia to connect with their relatives, carers and the professionals working with them. This evidence-based book explains the many benefits of life story work, with practical guidance for introducing it in a variety of settings. The authors show how life story work can empower people with dementia to inform care practitioners and family members what care and support they may need now and in the future, by taking into account their past and their future wishes and aspirations. The book includes practical information on how to get started, ethical considerations such as consent and confidentiality, and considers issues of diversity and how to address them. The voices of practitioners, researchers and family carers sit alongside those of people living with dementia to present a wide-range of perspectives on life story work.

Techniques of Grief Therapy

Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved

Author: Robert A. Neimeyer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415807255

Category: Psychology

Page: 388

View: 7696

"Techniques of Grief Therapy is an indispensable guidebook to the most inventive and inspirational interventions in grief and bereavement counseling and therapy. Individually, each technique emphasizes creativity and practicality. As a whole, they capture the richness of practices in the field and the innovative approaches that clinicians in diverse settings have developed, in some cases over decades, to effectively address the needs of the bereaved. New professionals and seasoned clinicians will find dozens of ideas that are ready to implement and are packed with useful features, including:An intuitive, thematic organization that makes it easy to find the right technique for a particular situation Expert guidance on implementing each technique and tips on avoiding common pitfalls Sample worksheets and activities for use in session and as homework assignments Illustrative case studies and transcripts"--

Creative Therapy for Children with Autism, ADD, and Asperger's

Author: Janet Tubbs

Publisher: Square One Pub

ISBN: 9780757003004

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 323

View: 3712

Just because a child may appear stubborn or difficult, doesn't mean the child isn't itelligent, curious, or creative. With the right approach such a child can be reached, taught, and, hopefully, started on the road to improvement. The daily lessons provided in this book may be just what you and your child have been waiting for.

The Child's Own Story

Life Story Work with Traumatized Children

Author: Terry Philpot,Richard Rose

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781846420566

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

View: 497

Helping traumatized children develop the story of their life and the lives of people closest to them is key to their understanding and acceptance of who they are and their past experiences. The Child's Own Story is an introduction to life story work and how this effective tool can be used to help children and young people recover from abuse and make sense of a disrupted upbringing in multiple homes or families. The authors explain the concepts of attachment, separation, loss and identity, using these contexts to describe how to use techniques such as family trees, wallpaper work, and eco- and geno-scaling. They offer guidance on interviewing relatives and carers, and how to gain access to key documentation, including social workers' case files, legal papers, and health, registrar and police records. This sensitive, practice-focused guide to life story work includes case examples and exercises, and is an invaluable resource for social workers, child psychotherapists, residential care staff, long-term foster carers and other professionals working with traumatized children.