The Child's Own Story: Life Story Work with Traumatized Children

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Oct 15, 2004 - Social Science - 160 pages
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Helping traumatized children develop the story of their life and the lives of people closest to them is key to their understanding and acceptance of who they are and their past experiences. The Child's Own Story is an introduction to life story work and how this effective tool can be used to help children and young people recover from abuse and make sense of a disrupted upbringing in multiple homes or families. The authors explain the concepts of attachment, separation, loss and identity, using these contexts to describe how to use techniques such as family trees, wallpaper work, and eco- and geno-scaling. They offer guidance on interviewing relatives and carers, and how to gain access to key documentation, including social workers' case files, legal papers, and health, registrar and police records. This sensitive, practice-focused guide to life story work includes case examples and exercises, and is an invaluable resource for social workers, child psychotherapists, residential care staff, long-term foster carers and other professionals working with traumatized children.
  

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Contents

1 Who Am I? The Importance of Identity and Meaning
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2 A Tale of Two Children
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3 The Truth and Something Other Than the Truth
49
4 Interviewing Art not Science
59
5 Safe at Last Providing a Safe and Stable Environment
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6 Internalization Towards an Understanding
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7 Making the Book
119
8 But Does It Really Work Like This?
133
9 Life After Life Story
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Notes
145
References
149
The Story of SACCS
151
The Authors
155
Subject Index
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Author Index
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Page 24 - Will a commission be sensitive to the word "truth"? If its interest in truth is linked only to amnesty and compensation, then it will have chosen not truth, but justice. If it sees truth as the widest possible compilation of people's perceptions, stories, myths, and experiences, it will have chosen to restore memory and foster a new humanity, and perhaps that is justice in its deepest sense.
Page 2 - Delivering Recovery Series edited by Patrick Tomlinson, Director of Practice Development, SACCS This is an essential series on practice for all professionals and parents involved in providing recovery for traumatized children and young people. Each book offers a practical and insightful introduction to an aspect of SACCS' unique and integrated approach to children traumatized by sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
Page 20 - The long term relationships between family members allow each person an opportunity to clarify past events and reinterpret past events in terms of the present. Children in the child welfare system are frequently denied these opportunities. They change families; they change workers; they may lose contact with birth family members. As a child moves into...
Page 19 - ... reaction to parent loss. These children think they caused the loss, that it came about because of their wishes, thoughts or behaviours. Their propensity for magical thinking is usually reinforced by a loss and is, therefore, likely to persist long beyond the age at which it commonly subsides. Adults hold responsibility for trying to identify the specific magical thinking of the child they are working with or parenting. What does the child think he/she did that caused the move? Or what could the...

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Terry Philpot is author and editor of several books, including (with Anthony Douglas) Adoption: Changing Families, Changing Times. He co-authored the previous four books in the Delivering Recovery series. He writes occasionally for The Tablet, The Guardian and other publications, and has won several awards for his journalism.

Professor Richard Rose is Director of the Centre for Education and Research (CeSNER) in the School of Education. He has previously held posts as a teacher and head teacher in four English local authorities and as an inspector for primary and special education. Before joining the University of Northampton Richard worked on post graduate distance learning courses for the Universities of Birmingham and Leicester. He has also held a post as Visiting Professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education and has worked closely with colleagues in several other parts of Asia including India, Singapore, China and Malaysia. Richard is also the Director of Project IRIS (Inclusive Research in Irish Schools) A four year longitudinal study into special education provision across the Republic of Ireland, details of which can be found at www.projectiris.org/. Richard works closely with colleagues in India in support of schools and colleagues developing provision for children with special educational needs. Two of the organisations and schools with which he is most closely associated are Brindavan Education Trust and the Indriya School in Bangalore.

Newfoundland s Mary Walsh is probably best known for her work on CBC Television s This Hour Has 22 Minutes for which she has won three Gemini Awards for writing and performing. Among her credits are the films Secret Nation, Extraordinary Visitor, New Waterford Girl and The Divine Ryans and the television series Up at Ours, Codco, and Dooley Gardens.

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