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The Story So Far : Play Therapy Narratives
Cattanach, Ann (Edt)
Jessica Kingsley Publishers / Softcover / 2002-05-01 / 1843100630
Play, Play Therapy
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240 pages
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Identity is formed through the narration of experience, and children who experience difficult life events may need help in forming and expressing their own narratives. Play therapy can be a very appropriate way of facilitating this kind of expression. This book describes the work of nine play therapists through the narratives of children - and some adults - whose stories emerge during their play therapy sessions.

These stories are not direct accounts of real happenings but are imaginative, metaphorical, complex and multi-layered. The life events they relate to include fostering, long-term illness, and the traumatic death of a close adult. One chapter examines attachment in families and another describes the Biography Laboratory project exploring story creation through action research. This is a book in which professionals from many disciplines will find much to further their understanding of children's experiences and understanding of the world.

About the Author:

Ann Cattanach is a play therapist and dramatherapist in private practice. She has wide experience of teaching and lecturing in drama, dramatherapy and speech communication, and has also worked as a child psychotherapist, family therapist and dramatherapist for Social Services and NHS Trusts. She has written many papers, articles and books, including Play Therapy: Where the Sky Meets the Underworld, Children's Stories in Play Therapy and Process in the Arts Therapies, also published by Jessica Kingsley.

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