The potential for healing available in well-known myths and stories is increasingly recognized, but many practitioners are unsure how to tap into this rich and often culturally-specific source of insight. What sort of story is best for what sort of situation? How can it be introduced naturally into the session? What is the best way of using the story?
These are some of the questions contributors to this book set out to answer. They explore the historical and cultural context of story-telling and provide examples of specific stories for specific situations.
Covering emotional themes such as anger, anxiety, fear, shame, guilt, separation and bereavement, the authors show how they work through stories with many different kinds of client groups and individuals of all ages in educational, health and social science settings.
The Therapeutic Use of Stories provides a sound theoretical framework for the use of stories, examples of stories with a high therapeutic value, and practical advice on how to use them to best effect.
Table of Contents
1. Historical backdrop Amit Bhattacharyya 2.Theoretical perspectives and clinical approaches Kedar Nath Dwivedi and Damian Gardner 3. Maps and meaning in life and healing Peter Harper and Mary Gray 4. Psychotherapeutic paradigms from Indian mythology Channapatna Shamasundar 5. Management of anger and some Eastern stories Kedar Nath Dwivedi 6. Using metaphor and imagery: an illustrative case study of childhood anxiety Damian Gardner and Peter Harper 7. For better or worse: stories associated with shame and guilt in therapy Terence Lear 8. Splitting, envy, jealousy and rivalry Amit Bhattacharyya 9. Separation, loss and bereavement Sarah Hogan and Margaret Pennells 10. Stories used therapeutically with children in educational settings Sonia Compton 11. Stories in the context of family therapy Barry Bowen 12. The use of stories to help children who have been abused Suzanne Lawton and Susan Edwards 13. Stories for children with disabilities Ruchira Leisten 14. New perspectives: stories and life stories in therapy with older adults Damian Gardner.
Kedar Dwivedi is a Consultant in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry at the Child and Family Consultation Service, Northampton, and a Clinical Teacher in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Leicester
'Very accessible ... the contributors recognise and support the need to explore and understand stories from different cultures ... a useful book for students of counselling and therapy and professionals working in the area of mental health.' - RACE
'This book is like a breath of fresh air. It is a tribute to what can be done when a group of committed colleagues come together to realise their particular dream ... I would recommend this book to any clinician interested in the therapeutic use of stories.' - British Journal of Psychiatry