Playful Approaches to Serious Problems: Narrative Therapy with Children and Their Families

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1997 - 321 pagine
The narrative therapy approach involves the whole family and especially children by respecting their unique language, problem-solving resources, and views of the world. The authors begin by elucidating a basic theory of collaborative narrative play that allows new choices and stories of hope and change to emerge. They encourage appreciation for ways of communicating that appeal to children, whether in the sandtray or with puppet "co-therapists," and respect for special and unusual abilities, such the ability to "read hearts" or connect with imaginary friends. Compelling case examples draw the reader into the book from the first pages. Children who might have been labeled belligerent, hyperactive, anxious, or out of touch with reality are found to be capable of taming their tempers, controlling frustration, facing fears, and using their imaginations to the fullest. Realistic, heartening, pragmatic, and just plain fun, narrative therapy encourages children and their families to use resources that have been overlooked to turn the tables on the problems they face. Therapists, parents, teachers, or anyone helping children and families will find that this book turns their thinking around, too - in the most unexpected and illuminating ways.

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Playful Communication in Family Therapy
Getting to Know the Child Apart from the Problem
Stories of Hope
Parents in ChildInclusive Family Therapy
Thinning the Plot Thickening the Counterplot
Building a Narrative through Letters
Publishing the News
Therapies of Aesthetic as well as Literary Merit 1 45
An Imagination of Ones Own
Think Ill Be Able to Go Back
The Spiritual Boy Is Fine
Im Lighting My Own Lantern Now
I Wont Make a Place for You in My Heart
So after a Long Time in Horror I Live
Concluding Thoughts

Weird and Special Abilities
Family Politics in Action

Parole e frasi comuni

Brani popolari

Pagina 305 - Congress of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science in Brisbane, 1961.

Informazioni sull'autore (1997)

David Epston, M.A., C.Q.S.W. is coauthor of Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends (1990) and Playful Approaches to Serious Problems (1997). He is a visiting professor at the School of Community Studies, UNITEC Institute of Technology in Auckland, and is the codirector of the Family Therapy Centre in Auckland.

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