Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work
Developing Trauma-Informed Practice for Working with Children, Adolescents and Young Adults
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.
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.
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
Foreword by Deborah D. Gray
PART 1 INTRODUCING THERAPUEITC LIFE STORY WORK THEORY AND PRACTICE
Chapter 1 Introducing the Therapeutic Life Story Model: All of Us Share Something in Common- We are All a Collection of Stories Richard Rose, Child Trauma Intervention Services
Chapter 2 The Vital Process of Recovery Richard Rose, Child Trauma Intervention Services
Chapter 3 Communicating with Children – Therapeutic Life Story Work Techniques Richard Rose, Child Trauma Intervention Services
Chapter 4 The Complexity of the Life Story Practitioner’s Role Nadine Jay, Play Therapist
PART 2 THERAPEUTIC LIFE STORY WORK IN DIVERSE CONTEXTS
Chapter 5 Kaitiakitanga: Safeguarding the Memories of Foster Children’s Experiences Through the Use of Therapeutic Life Story Work Marni Otway, social worker, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Chapter 6 A Dramatic and Narrative Approach to Life Story Therapy, Facilitating Attachment in Adoption Joan Moore, freelance drama therapist, play therapist and adoption support provider
Chapter 7 Therapeutic Life Story Work With Looked-After Children in Japan Shoko Tokunaga PhD, Research Fellow at the Nipon Foundation, Child Welfare Team, Social Innovation Program Division
Chapter 8 Wondering From The Womb: Therapeutic Life Story Work in an Early Years Service Kathy Crouch, Lead Practitioner, Mallee District Aboriginal Service Early Years Service, Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Chapter 9 Therapeutic Life Story Work: A Multimodal Therapy for Children with Complex Needs Rebecca Wild, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Evolve Therapeutic Services
Chapter 10 Seeing My Journey With New Eyes: Therapeutic Life Story Work With Deaf People Goedele A.M. De Clerck, University of Manchester
PART 3 IMPLEMENTING THERAPEUTIC LIFE STORY WORK
Chapter 11 Dispelling the Karma Soula Kontomichalos Eyre, Elise Saunders, Del Aulich, Sebastian LaSpina and Anna Fasolo, Melbourne (Inner Eastern Melbourne) Department of Health and Human Services
Chapter 12 The Implementation of Therapeutic Life Story Work Dr Jodie Park, private practitioner, Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Chapter 13 Life Story Therapy in a School Setting Paul Price, Therapist and Learning Mentor, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Liverpool, UK.
Chapter 14 Spin Project – A Southern Approach to TLSW – Portugal Professor Maria Barros and Margarida Marques
Chapter 15 Project Logic – Providing Services and Support for the Provision of Therapeutic Life Story Work Amanda Jones, Senior Manager, Evaluation, Policy and Research, Berry Street, Melbourne, Australia
Chapter 16 Learning to Understand – Life Story Work at Metro Intensive Support Services in New South Wales Melissa Stokes, Anna-Elizabeth Mattiuzzo and Natalia O’Keefe
PART 4 WRAPPING UP THE STORY
Chapter 17 Spreading the Practice of Therapeutic Life Story Work: We Are All Stories in the End Kendra Morris-Jacobson, MA, Director of Oregon Programs
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