1st Edition

Storybook Manual An Introduction To Working With Storybooks Therapeutically And Creatively

By Pia Jones, Sarah Pimenta Copyright 2021
    100 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    This resource has been designed to support practitioners and caregivers with practical and creative ideas on how to use illustrated storybooks therapeutically with children. Whilst this book is also available to purchase as part of a set, with three therapeutic fairy tales, all the content, worksheets and activities can be used with any illustrated story.

    Exercises have been created to encourage imagination and free play, develop confidence and emotional literacy as well as deepen engagement and understanding of stories. It is a book that can be returned to again and again to inspire creative engagement with stories with individuals or groups.

    Key features include:

    • An exploration of the importance of stories to modern life, and their use as a creative and therapeutic tool
    • Guidance for working with stories and their illustrations, including conversation starters, prompts and worksheets for process-orientated creative activities
    • Accompanying online activities designed for specific use with the storybooks in the Therapeutic Fairy Tales series

    This is an invaluable resource for all professionals looking to work therapeutically with stories and images. It will be particularly valuable to those working in child and family mental and emotional health, social and youth care, community and participatory arts, school and education, and specialised health and hospital environments.

    Introduction to the Storybook Manual  Chapter 1: Background  The ancient art of storytelling  Story and metaphor help us make sense of the unknown and unfamiliar  Fairy tales, picture books and storytelling in modern culture  The Bedtime Story ritual  Chapter 2: Introduction to working with storybooks therapeutically and creatively  The use of storybooks to help promote therapeutic art making  Storybooks as a creative tool to explore existential challenges  Storytelling and storybooks as a prompt to explore therapeutic relationship  Chapter 3: Setting the scene for safe therapeutic and creative storytelling  Creating the right conditions  Attending to psychological processes evoked in child and yourself through storytelling  Getting ready to listen to and notice children’s responses to the story  Getting ready to enter the world of metaphor and speak its language  Chapter 4: Working with story  Suggestions for conversation starters and prompts when reading storybooks  Example STORY worksheets for process-orientated story activities  Chapter 5: Using stories and storybooks as a basis for creative art-making exercises  Building upon the Story – setting the scene for creative art-making exercises  Guiding principles behind building a creative mindset  Creative materials and storage of children’s artwork  Helping children warm up with spontaneous creative exercises  Example worksheets for process-oriented warm-up creative activities  Example worksheets for process oriented creative art making activities  Top tips to remember when working with children and creative activities  Summary and Conclusions  Permissions  Bibliography


    Pia Jones is an author, workshop facilitator and UKCP integrative arts psychotherapist, trained at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, London. At the core of her practice, Pia uses arts and story to help children and adults connect with inner resources during times of loss, transition and change. You can find out more about her work at www.silverowlartstherapy.com

    Sarah Pimenta is an experienced artist, lecturer in creativity and workshop facilitator with children and adults. Her specialist art form is print-making which brings texture, colour and emotion into a variety of educational, health and community environments, in the UK and abroad. You can find out more about her work at www.social-fabric.co.uk