Therapeutic Story StartUps: Stories, Scenes and Characters to Help Children Explore Their Feelings, 1st Edition (Pack) book cover

Therapeutic Story StartUps

Stories, Scenes and Characters to Help Children Explore Their Feelings, 1st Edition

By Angela Amos, Anne Cunningham, Aileen Webber


184 pages | 140 Color Illus.

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Pack: 9780367257712
pub: 2019-09-20
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Therapeutic Story StartUps is a creative resource that can be used by therapists and

other professionals working with children aged 4-12 years.  These resources are designed to support children to understand, explore and express their feelings through story, imagination and play.  Six beautifully illustrated storybooks address the themes of: Loss, Anger, Self-Esteem, Bullying, Worries and Family Break-Up.  Additionally there are characters, props and scenes to invite the child to act out their own story, asking the question, "What happens next?…"  

The full pack includes:

  • Six illustrated storybooks, each prompting the child to create their own ending.
  • 30 colourful free-standing characters, six background scenes and a number of additional props.
  • Six mood-cards designed to support story-making.
  • Therapeutic Story-Souvenirs to remind the child of the story they have created.
  • Online guidelines for therapists provide prompts for using the stories and suggestions on how to use the resources. Separate guidelines for non-therapists are also provided.

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Table of Contents

6 x beautifully illustrated storybooks

Over 50 characters and props with stands

6 x scenery boards

6 x mood cards

18 x story souvenirs

About the Authors

Angela Amos is a creative arts child therapist currently working as a freelance consultant and therapist in a variety of primary schools in Cambridgeshire. She also works as a Ptuk clinical supervisor for play therapists. Her previous experience includes working as a registered nurse for adults and children with learning disabilities. She has set up a family advisory service offering emotional and practical support to families and children with disabilities. She has also worked as a consultant team leader managing a school counselling service.

Anne Cunningham is the Head of Art at a well-known 11-18 independent school in Cambridge. She set up and ran her own design company for 20 years selling printed textiles to leading companies worldwide in the children’s wear market that included her own designs and those of other designers. For ten years she was a sponsor of the New Designers' show.

Aileen Webber is a Gestalt and Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and supervisor of other psychotherapists, working in private practice and for the Primary Care Trust. She is also a supervisor of arts-based therapists and works as a supervisor for a charitable organisation working therapeutically with children in schools in Cambridge. Her previous experience includes working as a special needs teacher, adviser and inspector. She also developed and ran an enhanced resource for children with physical disabilities integrated into a mainstream secondary school with a team of 40 multi-disciplinary professionals.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Counseling / Crisis Management
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent