Emotional Release for Children: Repairing the Past, Preparing the Future

Emotional Release for Children: Repairing the Past, Preparing the Future

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By (author) Mark Pearson, By (author) Patricia Nolan

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  • Publisher: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 210mm x 294mm x 16mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843102250
  • ISBN 13: 9781843102250
  • Illustrations note: glossary, indexes
  • Sales rank: 161,039

Product description

Focusing on past experiences to begin the process of emotional healing, this book provides methods for helping children and adolescents experiencing depression, fear, hidden grief and unpredictable anger to release such emotional stress and develop their happiness and emotional well being. Devised by experienced counsellors, this book includes clear, step-by-step games and exercises for encouraging children's growth of self-awareness and reclaiming of self-esteem. The exercises, designed for work with both individual children and groups, provide imaginative formats for repairing the hurts of the past and for opening children to the full potential of their inner world. In addition to the emotional release exercises there is guidance for personal development and counselling sessions, an introduction to sandplay therapy; work with art, drama and music; Gestalt methods, relaxation and visualisation formats; and survival tips for carers.

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Author information

Mark Pearson is the author of several books on Expressive Therapies. He has been conducting training courses in Expressive Therapies, Emotional Release and Sandplay Therapy around Australia, New Zealand and Asia since 1989. Originally a primary school teacher, he has conducted individual and group programs for emotionally disturbed children and adolescents. He holds a Masters degree in Education, majoring in Behaviour Management, a Diploma in Emotional Release Counselling and has completed further studies in Transpersonal Psychology with Dr Stanislav Grof. He now works internationally as a psychotherapy and counselling trainer through the Expressive Therapies Institute of Australia (www.expressivetherapies.com.au) and for the Australian Council for Educational Research.

Table of contents

What is emotional release counselling?; the effects of birth and childhood trauma; practical planning for ERC; encouraging children to talk about themselves; emotional release processes; the world of symbols; moving forward on the inner journey; caring for the carers; stories from the counselling room; epilogue - new hope for children. Appendixes: milestones pro forma; the people in my life pro forma; sandplay report pro forma; choosing music; contacts for workshops and training. Recommended reading.