I, Monster is a resource for all professionals in health and education who work with challenging young people. The book aims to explain the issues behind challenging behaviour, to enable empathy, and to facilitate a more productive therapeutic relationship between the health/education professional and the child. I, Monster is divided into three parts.
Part one suggests that our greatest foes lurk deep within ourselves, and that knowing our own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people (Jung, 1973). Part two focuses on the inner world of adolescents who use aggression to manage early terrors. Part three explores approaches and strategies to help them heal the pain of the past.
Full of case studies as well as coverage of key concepts and theory, this book offers a fascinating insight into the minds of the young people you work with.
About the Author:
David Taransaud is a UKCP registered psychotherapeutic counsellor, consultant, author, and trainer with over 15 years clinical experience working with challenging youth in one of the most deprived boroughs in London.
He is the author of: You Think I'm Evil: practical strategies for working with rebellious and aggressive adolescents, and regular contributor to Play Therapy Magazine and Children & Young People the professional journal for counsellors and psychotherapists. David frequently presents workshops across the UK and abroad on how to connect, empathise and form a genuine working alliance with troubled and troubling young people.
He also works as a foreign consultant in Karachi (Pakistan) and travelled to Kitgum (Uganda) where he independently set up an Art Therapy service in an orphanage for former child soldiers and young people affected by conflict and trauma. His travel journal, Kitgum's Orphans; Invisible Wounds was entered in the Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA 2013) - an international documentary and educational impact media award honoring members in the independent film and global humanitarian industry. It can be can be watched on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/54758687.