Can You Read Me?

Overview

This book presents poems, stories and journal work spontaneously written by people, young and old, who have suffered serious abuse. The editors' explanations and commentaries suggest how health and social care workers can facilitate creative writing as a potential contribution to emotional healing in work with both individuals and small groups.

In addition to individual contributors, the book records the activities of groups developed by ...

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Overview

This book presents poems, stories and journal work spontaneously written by people, young and old, who have suffered serious abuse. The editors' explanations and commentaries suggest how health and social care workers can facilitate creative writing as a potential contribution to emotional healing in work with both individuals and small groups.

In addition to individual contributors, the book records the activities of groups developed by Barnardos for children and young people and by Beyond Existing for adults.

Although not written as a training manual per se, the book offers photocopiable exercises and an appendix of writings for use in staff training.

Can You Read Me? illustrates the great potential for applying our creative imaginations and personal qualities like sensitivity in work with survivors of abuse and those with mental health and disability problems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843101925
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Glossary of Terms 8

Symbols Used in this Book 9

A Note from the Editors 10

1 What It's All About 11

2 Issues and Practicalities in Preparing the Book 17

3 The Projects 31

4 Themes from the Interviews with the Writers 41

5 Using Poetry 1: Poems Presented by the Younger Adults 63

6 Using Poetry 2: Poems Presented by the Other Adults 88

7 Using Journals 116

8 Using Stories 1: Adults 142

9 Using Stories 2: Children 161

10 Endings and Beginnings 172

11 Exercises for Adult Victims 198

References 230

Subject Index 232

Author Index 238

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