Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work

Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work : Developing Trauma-Informed Practice for Working with Children, Adolescents and Young Adults

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • N/A
  • 1785921851
  • 9781785921858
  • 6,659

Table of contents

Foreword - Deborah D. Gray; Preface; PART I: Introducing therapeutic life story work, theory and practice; 1. Introducing the Therapeutic Life Story Model: All of us share something in common - we are all a collection of stories - Richard Rose AAP. 2. The Vital Process of Recovery - Richard Rose. 3. Communicating with Children: Therapeutic Life Story Work Techniques - Richard Rose. 4. The Complexity of the Life Story Practitioner's Role - Nadine Jay, Child Centred Therapy, UK. PART II: Therapeutic life story work in diverse contexts. 5. Kaitiakitanga: Safeuarding the Memories of Foster Children's Experiences Through the Use of Therapeutic Life Story Work - Marni Otway, Social worker, NZ. 6. A Dramatic and Narrative Approach to Life Story Therapy, Facilitating Attachment in Adoption - Joan Moore, ASA (Adoption Support Agency), ISW, UK. 7. Therapeutic Life Story Work with Looked After Children in Japan - Shoko Tokunaga, The Nippon Foundation, JAPAN. 8. Wondering from the Womb: Therapeutic Life Story Work in an early years service - Kathy Crouch, Mallee District Aboriginal Services, AUS. 9. Therapeutic Life Story Work: A Multimodal Therapy for Children With Complex Needs - Dr Rebecca Wild, Queensland Health, AUS. 10. Seeing My Journey With New Eyes: Therapeutic Life Story Work With Deaf People - Dr Goedele A.M. De Clerck, University of Manchester, UK. PART III: Implementing therapeutic life story work. 11. Dispelling the Karma - Soula Kontomichalos, Elise Saunders, Del Aulich, Sebastian LaSpina and Anna Fasolo, Department of Health and Human Services, AUS. 12. The Implementation of Therapeutic Life Story Work, Practice Review of a Pilot Progam - Dr Jodie Park, Family Pathway Solutions, AUS. 13. Life Story Therapy in a School Setting - Paula Price, Creative Child Therapy, UK. 14. The Spin Project, Evora and Lisbon - Professor Maria Barros and Margarida Marques, PORTUGAL. 15. Project Logic - Providing Services and Support for the Provision of Therapeutic Life Story Work - Amanda Jones, Berry Street, AUS. 16. Learning to Understand, Therapeutic Life Story Work at Metro Intensive Support Services NSW - Melissa Stokes, Anna-Elizabeth Mattiuzzo and Natalie O'Keefe, Metro ISS, AUS. PART IV: 17. Spreading the practice of therapeutic life story work: We're All Stories in the End - Kendra Morris-Jacobson, Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC), USA. Epilogue.
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Innovative therapeutic life story work explores a highly creative way of working, safely, compassionately and effectively with the most painful aspects of children's life stories. It is a must for any child professional wanting to help traumatised children make sense of their lives, and see the connection between what has happened to them in the past and how they experience themselves and others now.
Through moving case material and a wealth of practical ideas, practitioners from all over the world, convey the child's sheer relief at having at last found their voice and established a coherent narrative for their lives. -- Dr Margot Sunderland Director of Education and Training, The Centre for Child Mental Health London This latest book by Richard Rose and colleagues reflects the essence of therapeutic life story work, whereby the worker holds out one hand to the child and the other hand to the carer and says to the child 'show us your world.' Something very special happens when a child takes your hand in trust when crossing the road and this is a tough road to cross. In this book, Richard and colleagues show us the world of therapeutic life story work and what it looks, feels and sounds like, so we too can help children make this journey of discovery. -- Annette Jackson - Regional Director Berry Street Gippsland, Australia (Adj Assoc Professor La Trobe University) My initial hope - that I would be able to learn from this book about how life story work is best used - has definitely been fulfilled. But, in addition to that, where young people have not had the opportunity to write their life stories, in a way that is meaningful to them, I can now confidently help them to work through this process and gain deeper insight. I would recommend this book to anyone working with young people who may have experienced some form of trauma and now seek to understand this more fully. -- Trisha Packer, counsellor and supervisor * BACP - Children, Young people & families * I recommend this comprehensive study as essential reading for practitioners across the world working with children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences and very commonly experience feelings of self-blame and shame. Readers will discover a richness of experience and resources to assist them, understand and develop their practice to help children.'Explore the past, secure the present and allow for growth in the future'. (P 25) -- Catherine Mullin, Independent Social Worker * Seen and Heard *
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About Deborah D. Gray

Richard Rose is a consultant and trainer on life story work. He is founder of Child Trauma Intervention Ltd and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University, Australia.
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