Product Number : 111921600
Identity is formed through the narration of experience, and children who experience difficult life events may need help in forming and expressing their own narratives. Play therapy can be a very appropriate way of facilitating this kind of expression. This book describes the work of nine play therapists through the narratives of children - and some adults - whose stories emerge during their play therapy sessions.
These stories are not direct accounts of real happenings but are imaginative, metaphorical, complex and multi-layered. The life events they relate to include fostering, long-term illness, and the traumatic death of a close adult. One chapter examines attachment in families and another describes the Biography Laboratory project exploring story creation through action research. This is a book in which professionals from many disciplines will find much to further their understanding of children's experiences and understanding of the world.
Contents: Introduction. 1. When All the World was Slime, Sally Hanson, North Wales. 2. The Self is a Telling: A Child's Tale of Alien Abduction, David le Vay, Surrey. 3. Jeffrey the Dog: A Search for Shared Meaning, Sue Allanson, NSPCC, Derbyshire. 4. All That Glitters is not Gold: Getting a Family, Ruth Watson, London. 5. In the Wake of the Monster: When Trauma Strikes, Alison Kelly, London. 6. The Wounded Hero, Maureen Scott-Nash, Hertfordshire. 7. Finding the Way Back Home: Children's Stories of Family Attachment, Sheila Hudd., London. 8. The Narrow Road to the Deep North: Tracking a Life, Ann Cattanach, Inverness-shire. 9. The Biography Laboratory: Co-creating in Community, Christine Novy, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Index.
Paperback, 176 pages
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