Storytelling and Other Activities for Children in Therapy

Storytelling and Other Activities for Children in Therapy

Storytelling and Other Activities for Children in Therapy

Storytelling and Other Activities for Children in Therapy

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As adults, all of us have memories from childhood, both positive and negative. We all coped with those events as children in our own unique ways, some of us faring better than others. Most of us were able to overcome childhood’s challenges and become productive, responsible adults with the ability to contribute toward the betterment of our community and our world. This is the purpose of this book—to provide the tools needed by mental health professionals to assist children in overcoming life’s challenges by promoting resilience through storytelling and other activities.

This applied book focuses on providing professionals with the knowledge, insight, and tools needed to support children and their families to improve their lives through the use of storytelling and other activities. It may be used by a variety of professionals in their interactions with children, including therapists, counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, play therapists, physicians, nurses, and child welfare specialists, as well as others involved with positive childhood development and resilience. Therefore, usage of this book is applicable in numerous settings such as hospitals, schools, counseling centers, family service agencies, and child welfare organizations, to name a few.

Introductory chapters provide instructions for book usage, guidance regarding storytelling in therapy, and tips for application of the strengths perspective/positive psychology with children, as well as a review of middle childhood development. Information regarding key practice areas with children is included and written in an accessible manner to encourage information sharing with parents and caregivers. Stories and activities for use by children and therapists then follow.

Although the stories in this book are specifically written for those ages 6 to 12, these may also be applicable to other populations with specific needs, such as adolescents or adults who are dealing with unresolved issues arising in childhood. Stories may be modified appropriately to address the needs of these groups, if desired. Utilization of the book as a textbook for students aspiring to become professionals is another way in which this book may be of benefit in the university environment.

The origin of this book had its roots in both our personal and professional lives, where we have witnessed far too many children experiencing difficulty coping with . . .

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