1st Edition

When Happiness Had a Holiday: Helping Families Improve and Strengthen their Relationships A Professional Resource and Therapeutic Storybook

    110 Pages 59 Color Illustrations
    by Speechmark

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    This beautifully illustrated set contains a storybook and accompanying workbook, designed to be used with children and families working to re-build family relationships. Healthy and supportive family relationships are essential to mental health, and as referrals to Child and Adolescent Mental Health services continue to rise, growing research demonstrates the benefit of involving families in the treatment of children and young people facing emotional and mental health difficulties. This resource takes a solution-focused brief therapy approach to supporting families, providing professionals with a variety of tools to help family members to recognise their strengths as individuals and as a family, and harness these as they search for solutions together.

    This resource includes:

    • An engaging and attractive storybook, telling the story of an average family who have been visited by ‘shouting’, and must work together to bring happiness back to their home
    • A colourful workbook, with a range of photocopiable activities and guidance for the professional

    Developed out of the author’s 20 years’ experience of working with families in different settings across social care and mental health, this is a vital resource for social workers, counsellors, mental health professionals and individual and family psychotherapists working with families and children. Each book is also available to purchase individually.

    1x full colour therapeutic storybook for professionals to read with children

    1x full colour workbook with guidance for professionals, and photocopiable worksheets for children and families


    MaeveMcColgan  has worked for almost 30 years across a range of settings in social care and mental health. She initially qualified as a social worker and subsequently as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist (Family Therapist). She has worked in a variety of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services since then.

    Eileen McLaughlin is currently working as a freelance Graphic Designer/ Illustrator. She has more than 25 years’ experience in Visual Communication. Although she has a vast experience in a range of Design & Communication, she has a particular interest in visually assisting the development of children, in the early years. Her work is published & printed in the UK, Ireland & beyond.

    This is Maeve and Eileen’s second collaboration, having previously published When Worry came to Visit, in 2014.