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Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work


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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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Richard Rose is Professor of Special and Inclusive Education at the University of Northampton, UK. Deborah D. Gray is a clinical social worker specialising in attachment, grief and trauma. She is a leading figure in her field, and a sought-after presenter and trainer. She runs a private practice, Nurturing Attachments, in Kirkland, Washington, USA and has spent over 15,000 hours in the last 15 years counselling children who were adopted. Her private practice philosophy is one of empowering parents with information and techniques they can use to meet the needs of their children and develop close, satisfying relationships. She teaches in the Cascadia Resources/Northwest Adoption Resource and Portland State post-Graduate Programs in Adoption Counselling and the University of Washington's Post-Graduate Trauma Certificate program. In her personal life, Deborah D. Gray feels linked to adoption through the family in which she grew up and has also been a therapeutic foster. In 2015 Deborah was awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the international ATTACh conference for her contribution to the field of attachment. To find out more about Deborah, visit her website at www.deborahdgray.com.


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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