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Creative Storytelling with Children at Risk

2nd Edition

By Sue Jennings


118 pages

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Paperback: 9781909301825
pub: 2017-06-02
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pub: 2017-06-14
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This second edition is fully updated and addresses ways in which we can apply stories and storytelling with children who are troubled.

Stories can empower children to take action and ask for help, including help with changes and life-plans.  Stories provide a secure structure with endings and closure. The book develops the following topics:

  • Stories for assessment
  • Stories for understanding emotions
  • Stories for exploring the senses
  • Stories for managing loss
  • Stories for ritual and drama

There are new and revised stories, in particular addressing trauma and abuse. This book is written for all those people with the welfare of children as their priority.


"This thought-provoking volume demonstrates, through good explanations of theory and examples of practice, the potential power of stories and storytelling when supporting vulnerable children." - Helen Curran, senior lecturer in SEN at Bath Spa University.

Table of Contents

Contents Author’s acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1 Why storytelling is essential Chapter 2 Stories about nature, theatre and play Chapter 3 Stories for play development and assessment Chapter 4 Stories for sequencing and outcomes Chapter 5 Stories for sadness Chapter 6 Stories about neglect Chapter 7 Stories for anger management Chapter 8 Stories for talking about fears Chapter 9 Stories about nature Chapter 10 Stories for feeling good about life (especially looked-after children) Appendix 1 Extra stories to explore Appendix 2 Story techniques for teachers, therapists and parents Appendix 3 Messy play recipes References and useful reading

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology


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