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Storytelling Series

Therapeutic Storytelling

101 Healing Stories for Children

July 2012
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  • Publisher
    Hawthorn Press
  • Published
    11th July 2012
  • ISBN 9781907359156
  • Language English
  • Pages 256 pp.

Susan Perrow passionately believes that "stories know the way." Working with imaginative journeys and the mystery and magic of metaphor, she has developed the art of therapeutic storytelling for challenging behavior in children and difficult situations. She offers a tried-and-tested method for creating a unique story for a child to help resolve issues and build emotional resilience and character.

This treasury of 101 new healing stories address a range of issues – from unruly behavior to grieving, anxiety, lack of confidence, bullying, teasing, nightmares, intolerance, inappropriate talk, toileting, bed-wetting and much more. The stories also have the potential for nurturing positive values.

Create your own therapeutic stories, using handy tips, exercises and methods such as the "metaphor, journey, and resolution framework." Therapeutic Storytelling includes suitable behavior stories for children aged 3 to 10 years old; how to use of healing stories for global and national challenging situations; how to develop storytelling skills using useful tips and anecdotes; as well as modern and traditional wisdom tales from around the world.

“Offers a rich wellspring of imaginative material to inspire parents, grandparents, educators and therapists alike. These stories can make a vital contribution to personal and cultural transformation.”

Dr. Jennifer M. Gidley, President, World Futures Studies Federation

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Nancy Mellon
Introduction: The Healing Light of Stories


1. A Construction Model for Story Writing
2. Getting the Story Juices Flowing


3. Anger / Aggression / Hitting / Scratching / Biting
4. Anxious / Insecure / Fearful
5. Bullying / Exclusion / Teasing
6. Death / Dying / Illness
7. Disrespect / Lack of Care (self/others/things)
8. Disruptive / Restless / Over-excited
9. Dishonest / Sneaky
10. Divorce / Separation / Blended Families
11. Fussiness / Complaining
12. Intolerance / Lack of Acceptance (of self and others)
13. Lack of Confidence/Resilience
14. Sexual Abuse / Sexual Awareness
15. Shy / Withdrawn / Low Self-esteem
16. Swearing / Shouting / Silly Speech
17. Toileting / Bedwetting
18. Obstinacy / Lack of Social Sense

Appendix 1. List of Stories
Appendix 2. About the Authors

Susan Perrow

Susan Perrow leads therapeutic storytelling seminars around the world, including her home land of Australia. She is a storyteller, teacher trainer, parent educator and counsellor. Ms. Parrow is the author of several books on therapeutic storytelling.