Adolescents are often an overlooked clinical population. Among school-based practitioners, there is a natural inclination to focus the delivery of mental health services, assessment measures, and intervention plans on younger children, and there is a strong research base to support these programs. On the other hand, the waiting rooms of most practitioners in private practice are filled with young and middle-age adults, couples, or families with young children. Because most therapists do not specialize in working with teens, who might make up only a small portion of their overall caseload, there is a need for high quality, easily implemented activities to help engage with adolescent clients. This book provides an overview of the principles of therapeutic storytelling, developmental issues of adolescents and young adulthood, and their strengths-based model, before moving into a series of chapters devoted to specific issues. Commonly encountered topics such as sexuality, parent & peer relationships, substance abuse, violence & gangs, bereavement, and cultural and religious issues are covered within the chapters. A convenient companion website designed to facilitate ease of use for the busy professional or academic contains printable storytelling and activity worksheets, color photographs for phototherapy and guided imagery, and additional resources/website links,
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 504 g
Dimensions: 253 x 182 x 14 mm
..".Historically, therapeutic training manuals, workbooks and textbooks focus on either children or adults, with little or no specific reference to adolescents. This publication is very modality friendly, in that a therapist with any therapeutic orientation could easily integrate these stories and activities into their existing repertoire. This would reduce objections or hesitancy to purchase this publication on the part of the practitioner. Finally, I believe this publication's greatest strength would be the four levels of inquiry. As clients move through the therapeutic process, they respond differently to requests for disclosure and honesty. Additionally, younger clients (pre-adolescents) are not developmentally capable of abstract thinking and emotional connection internally. This proposal addresses both of these issues in an effective manner."
- Brenna M. Hicks, MA LMHC, Child Therapist specializing in play therapy with children & adolescents
"This book is well developed, likely to fill a niche, and well-formatted to appeal to an applied readership...By using a 4-tiered set of facilitative questions to process the reactions of the protagonist, a friend or family member or the teen herself, the authors provide a structure of relevance to many settings, from personal-growth oriented writing classes to support groups to the main target audience of kids in therapy." Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Memphis
"Johanna and Lee Slivinske have created a useful, sound, and creative resource. The book contains multiple activity suggestions with writing and photography prompts for therapists to utilize directly with adolescent and young adult clients. The authors provide a glossary and scholarly references regarding the theoretical bases, developmental issues, and evidence-based practice. There is also a companion website that includes activity sheets and exercises, photos to be used for guided imagery or phototherapy, and additional stories. Their book is recommended for therapists working with a variety of issues relevant to adolescents and young adults who are interested in using storytelling, creative writing, photography, and drawing as methods for helping clients with self-concept and identity as they struggle with developmental and societal issues facing many teens." --Mari L. Alschuler, Journal of Poetry Therapy
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