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Evocative Strategies in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Crenshaw, David A., PhD
Jason Aronson / Rowman & Littlefield / Hardcover / 2006-09-01 / 0765704145
Infant, Child & Adolescent
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336 pages
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The techniques offered in Evocative Strategies in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy are informed by an integration of psychoanalytic and attachment theories and can be integrated into a variety of therapy methods including evidenced-based cognitive-behavioral, social learning, family systems, emotion-focused, Ericksonian, solution-focused approaches, gestalt, psychodynamic, narrative approaches, play therapy, and creative arts therapies such as art, music and drama. Evocative strategies have been developed for the purpose of engaging children in an emotionally meaningful process. In order to create moments of transformation and change in the therapy process we have to learn the language of the heart. If therapy is sterile, dry, and too cerebral, it will not reach the inner place where children in their essence live. --- from the publisher


"Reading David Crenshaw's new book is an evocative experience that elicits feelings of sadness, anger, despair, surprise, excitement, hope and pure joy. David demonstrates the integrative approach in his book that he advocates in his work: A true anchoring of technique in theory. He more than meets the challenge of contemporary clinicians of substantiating their approaches with a thorough understanding of the available science. The end result is a masterful blend of a solid foundation that serves as a springboard for lovely, spirited, and purposeful leaps of creativity. I highly recommend this informative, moving, and immediately useful book."—Eliana Gil, Ph.D., Multicultural Clinical Center, Springfield, VA; author of Healing Power of Play and Family Play Therapy

"Evocative Strategies in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy clearly deserves to be in every library of all clinicians working with children and adolescents. David Crenshaw's clinical use of metaphor, storytelling, art, poetry, role playing, drama and rituals is nothing short of masterful. This book is a ground-breaking contribution to the field and will continue to nourish those who read it and be gifted by the inherent teachings for years to come."—Joyce C. Mills, Ph.D., LMFT, RPT-S, IBECPT, author of Reconnecting to the Magic of Life

Contents (preview):

Dr. Crenshaw has identified twenty different kinds of evocative strategies. Therapists use evocative techniques to elicit vivid memories, recollections, or associations or to stimulate emotionally meaningful dialogue. The word “evoke” suggests depth and “summoning forth.” Dr. Crenshaw has identified twenty different categories of evocative strategies:
1) Evocative Narrative Stems
2) Evocative Stories
3) Evocative Drawings
4) Evocative Projective Drawing and Storytelling
5) Evocative Scenarios
6) Evocative Proverbs and Ancient Parables
7) Evocative Quotations, and Sayings
8) Evocative Imagery and Fantasy Techniques
9) Evocative Role Playing Techniques
10) Evocative Writing Assignments
11) Evocative Child-Centered Symbolic Play Interventions
12) Evocative Directive Symbolic Play Interventions
13) Evocative “Child-Friendly” CBT Interventions
14) Evocative Dramatic Skits
15) Evocative Rituals
16) Evocative Use of Symbols
17) Evocative Use of Dream Symbols as Metaphors
18) Evocative Use of the Self as Therapist
19) Evocative Child Statements and Empathic Translations
20) Evocative Positive Memories

Each category of evocative strategies is illustrated in chapters organized according to developmentally cogent themes ranging from preschool children through school age and adolescence. The majority of the techniques are geared toward school age children and teens, but some are suitable, for instance the Bramley Story Series (for working with grief), for preschool children. The chapter themes are as follows:

Attachment and Loss
Power and Control
Aggression, Chaos and Violence
Anxiety, Fear and Terror
Conflict and Struggle
Search for Meaning
Courage and Determination
Inner Strength and Resources
Empathy for Self and Others
Healing, Transformation and Hope

The book contains 17 chapters with the last three chapters containing three compelling, in-depth therapy case studies in which evocative strategies played a key role in the therapy outcome.

Dr. Crenshaw continues to identify and create more categories of evocative strategies and intends to make those available on his website, so please visit often to learn of the additional categories of evocative strategies and specific techniques he is developing. --- from the author's web site, pre-publication

About the Author:

David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., is the founding director of Rhinebeck Child and Family Center, LLC in Rhinebeck, New York. He is a registered play therapist-supervisor, author of Bereavement (now in its third printing), and co-author of Understanding and Treating the Aggression of Children and A Handbook of Play Therapy with Aggressive Children.

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