Stories can play an important and potent role in therapy with children and adolescents– helping them develop the skills to cope with and survive a myriad of life situations. In many cases, stories provide the most effective means of communicating what kids and teens might not want to discuss directly.
101 Healing Stories for Kids and Teens provides straightforward advice on using storytelling and metaphors in a variety of therapeutic settings. Ideal for all who work with young people, this unique resource can be combined with other inventive and evidence-based techniques such as play, art, music, and drama therapies as well as solution focused, hypnotic, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. Offering guidance for new clinicians and seasoned professionals, George Burns’ s latest work delivers a unique combination– information on incorporating storytelling in therapy, dozens of ready-made stories, and tips for creating original therapeutic stories.
Innovative chapters include:
Guidance for effective storytelling
Using metaphors effectively
Where to get ideas for healing stories
Planning and presenting healing stories
Teaching parents to use healing stories
In addition, 101 Healing Stories for Kids and Teens includes dozens of story ideas designed to address a variety of issues, such as:
Changing patterns of behavior
Managing relationships, emotions, and life challenges
Creating helpful thoughts
Developing life skills and problem-solving techniques
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Healing Stories is a rare text: at once delightful to read, lively, informative, practical and reassuring. Burns’ confidence in the curative power of metaphor bursts forth from the pages, demystifying the art of telling a good story in the process. Here are wonderful tales we can tell kids, they can tell us, and we can coauthor with them.
Burns takes us through all the steps involved in building a good therapeutic narrative so even the most tongue-tied clinician can spin a useful tale." --Martha B. Straus, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, Antioch New England Graduate School; author, No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents
George Burns is a highly experienced clinician with the remarkable ability to create, discover and tell engaging stories that can teach us all the most important lessons in life. With 101 Healing Stories for Kids and Teens, he strives especially to help kids and teens learn these life lessons early on, providing them opportunities for getting help and even learning to think preventively. Burns has made an invaluable contribution to helping young people build good skills and good lives. — Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., Author of Breaking the Patterns of Depression and Hand-Me-Down Blues
101 Healing Stories for Children and Teens is a must read for anyone working with this age group. George Burns takes the reader on a wonderful journey, balancing metaphor, good therapeutic technique, and empirical foundations during the trip. Given that Burns utilizes all three aspects of the Confucian story referred to in the book— teaching, showing, and involving— any reader using this resourceshould increase their understanding of how stories can be used therapeutically. — Richard G. Whiteside, MSW, Author of The Art of Using and Losing Control and Working with Difficult Clients