Playful approaches to serious problems : narrative therapy with children and their families /Publication details: New York : W.W. Norton, .Description: xvii, 321 pages : illustrations ; 25 cmISBN:
- RJ505.S75 F74 1997
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"A Norton professional book."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-309) and index.
pt. I. Playful communication. Playful communication in family therapy -- Getting to know the child apart from the problem -- Stories of hope -- Parents in child-inclusive family therapy -- Thinning the plot, thickening the counterplot -- Building a narrative through letters -- Publishing the news -- pt. II. Playful means. Therapies of aesthetic as well as literary merit -- Unlicensed co-therapists -- Weird and special abilities -- Family politics in action -- An imagination of one's own -- pt. III. Playful stories. Jonathon: "I have overcome that much and I don't think I'll be able to go back" -- Tony: "The spiritual boy is fine" -- Jason: "I'm lighting my own lantern now" -- Sophia: "I won't make a place for you in my heart, but I'll make a place for you in my skin" -- Terry: "So after a long time in horror I live in peace again" -- Concluding thoughts.
The narrative therapy approach involves the whole family and especially children by respecting their unique language, problem-solving resources, and views of the world. The authors begin by elucidating a basic theory of collaborative narrative play that allows new choices and stories of hope and change to emerge. They encourage appreciation for ways of communicating that appeal to children, whether in the sandtray or with puppet "co-therapists," and respect for special and unusual abilities, such the ability to "read hearts" or connect with imaginary friends. Compelling case examples draw the reader into the book from the first pages. Children who might have been labeled belligerent, hyperactive, anxious, or out of touch with reality are found to be capable of taming their tempers, controlling frustration, facing fears, and using their imaginations to the fullest.
Realistic, heartening, pragmatic, and just plain fun, narrative therapy encourages children and their families to use resources that have been overlooked to turn the tables on the problems they face. Therapists, parents, teachers, or anyone helping children and families will find that this book turns their thinking around, too - in the most unexpected and illuminating ways.