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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1 Who Am I? The Importance of Identity and Meaning
2 A Tale of Two Children
3 The Truth and Something Other Than the Truth
4 Interviewing Art not Science
5 Safe at Last Providing a Safe and Stable Environment
6 Internalization Towards an Understanding
7 Making the Book
8 But Does It Really Work Like This?
9 Life After Life Story
The Story of SACCS
The Authors
Subject Index
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...
Page 31 - attachment behaviour is an instinctive biological drive that propels infants into protective proximity with their main carers whenever they experience anxiety, fear or distress
Page 31 - ... (the caregiver is seen as consistently rejecting and the child is insecure but compulsively self-reliant) • disorganized (caregivers are seen as frightening or frightened and the child is helpless, or angry and controlling) (Howe 2000, p.27).

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Richard Rose is Deputy Director of Practice Development in SACCS and is responsible for life story work. During his seven years as a senior child protection worker he achieved the Practice Teacher award and a PGCE in social work education. He also has experience in residential care work, and has a PQSW child care award and a BPhil in child care. Terry Philpot is author and editor of several books, including (with Anthony Douglas) Adoption: Changing Families, Changing Times. He writes regularly for The Times Higher Education Supplement, The Tablet and other publications, and has won several awards for his journalism. He was formerly the editor of Community Care.

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