Evocative Strategies in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

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Informed by an amalgamation of psychoanalytic and attachment theories, the techniques offered in this book can be employed alongside a variety of therapeutic modalities, such as evidenced-based cognitive-behavioral treatment; social learning, family systems, emotion-focused, Ericksonian, and solution-focused approaches; gestalt, psychodynamic, and narrative therapies; as well as play therapy and the therapies of the creative arts. 'Evocative strategies' have been developed for the purpose of engaging children in an emotionally meaningful process. Crenshaw illustrates that in order to create moments of transformation and change in and through the therapy process, we have to learn the language of the heart—where children in their essence live.

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Editorial Reviews

Psychoanalytic Review
David Crenshaw, an experienced child therapist, presents twenty Evocative Strategies as aids to treating young patients who are reluctant to delve into an exploration of their problems by means of direct verbalizations. ...the techniques
Crenshaw advocates have proven to be helpful.
Eliana Gil
Reading David Crenshaw's new book is an evocative experience that elicits feelings of sadness, anger, despair, surprise, excitement, hope and pure joy. David demonstrates the integrative approach in his book that he advocates in his work: A true anchoring of technique in theory. He more than meets the challenge of contemporary clinicians of substantiating their approaches with a thorough understanding of the available science. The end result is a masterful blend of a solid foundation that serves as a springboard for lovely, spirited, and purposeful leaps of creativity. I highly recommend this informative, moving, and immediately useful book.
Though it is intended for practicing clinicians, this book is clearly and simply written, relatively free of jargon, and full of useful suggestions. Accordingly, it will serve a broad audience. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers; all levels.
Joyce C. Mills
Evocative Strategies in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy clearly deserves to be in every library of all clinicians working with children and adolescents. David Crenshaw's clinical use of metaphor, storytelling, art, poetry, role playing, drama and rituals is nothing short of masterful. This book is a ground-breaking contribution to the field and will continue to nourish those who read it and be gifted by the inherent teachings for years to come.
Choice Magazine
Though it is intended for practicing clinicians, this book is clearly and simply written, relatively free of jargon, and full of useful suggestions. Accordingly, it will serve a broad audience. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers; all levels.
Though it is intended for practicing clinicians, this book is clearly and simply written, relatively free of jargon, and full of useful suggestions. Accordingly, it will serve a broad audience. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers; all levels.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765705808
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/27/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP is the founding director of Rhinebeck and Child Family Center, LLC, in Rhinebeck, New York. He is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. He is the author of Bereavement (now in its third printing), A Guidebook for Engaging Resistant Children in Therapy: A Projective Drawing and Storytelling Series and a forthcoming book, Healing Paths to a Child's Soul. Additionally, he is co-author with John Mordock, Ph.D. of A Handbook of Play Therapy with Aggressive Children and Understanding and Treating the Aggression of Children: Fawns in Gorilla Suits, both published by Jason Aronson.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   John B. Mordock     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Evocative Strategies in the Therapeutic Engagement of Children and Adolescents     1
Exploring the Meaning of Metaphors and Symbols     19
The Use of Evocative Strategies in Child and Adolescent Therapy     29
Themes of Attachment and Loss     39
Themes of Power, Domination, and Control     65
Themes of Aggression, Rage, and Violence     81
Themes of Anxiety, Fear, Terror, and Seeking Safety     99
Themes of Conflict, Struggle, and Shame     123
The Quest for Identity and Search for Meaning     147
Themes of Courage and Determination     173
Themes of Inner Strength and Interpersonal Resources     185
Themes of Empathy for Self and Others     199
Themes of Healing, Transformation, and Hope     211
A Tribute to the Fighting Spirit of Children     231
Roy: A Story of a Child's Courage and Fighting Spirit in Facing Trauma     237
Max: A Story of a Child's Fighting Spirit in Facing Unspeakable Loss     251
Jeremy: The Story of Courageous Triumph over Terror and Violence     267
References     279
Index     291
About the Author     297
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