Therapeutic metaphor and stories have long been used within modalities such as hypnotherapy, play therapy, narrative therapies, and expressive therapies. Metaphorical interventions reduce client defensiveness. They provide an 'aha' that leads to insight and change, as the client's identification with one or more characters in the stories springboards him or her into treatment activity. Metaphorical Stories for Child Therapy: Of Magic and Miracles is a book for practitioners, including psychologists, social ...
Therapeutic metaphor and stories have long been used within modalities such as hypnotherapy, play therapy, narrative therapies, and expressive therapies. Metaphorical interventions reduce client defensiveness. They provide an 'aha' that leads to insight and change, as the client's identification with one or more characters in the stories springboards him or her into treatment activity. Metaphorical Stories for Child Therapy: Of Magic and Miracles is a book for practitioners, including psychologists, social workers, special education or school therapists, counselors, and expressive therapists. The book uses metaphorical stories and interventions to address issues central to child and adolescent treatment. Each story addresses a particular issue or theme, gives examples of how the story may be used, and includes a set of 'take-it-home' questions that may be assigned between sessions. These stories become core metaphors to be referred to throughout treatment, and children find them enjoyable and memorable. There have been a number of books published in recent years on metaphor and therapeutic stories. This volume sets itself apart, in that the stories are richer character-wise and many are more universal in their themes. The book is divided into two sections: Part I focuses on general treatment themes, such as self-esteem, affect-regulation, lowering defenses, and so on. Part II addresses specific DSM-IV diagnoses such as panic disorder, ADHD, OCD, divorce adjustment, fear of the dark, and eating disorders. The depth and versatility of the stories ensure that the practitioner will find him or herself using them over and over again.
In this book the reader will find many wonderfully creative stories for helping children and adolescents resolve a wide range of psychological problems. Highly recommended!
Heidi Gerard Kaduson
Play therapy uses metaphors in all different types of ways to help children with psychological difficulties. Children can identify with the protagonist and help solve the 'problem' as presented in story format. Metaphorical Stories for Child Therapy by Pat Pernicano is a wonderful selection of metaphors that are specifically designed for certain types of children with certain types of disorders, as well as for typical children alike. The collection of light hearted metaphors will guide the play therapist in directions to help children through play as well as storytelling techniques. This book would be a welcome addition to new as well as seasoned play therapists.
Jeffrey K. Zeig
Narratives are the fertile soil in which children grow their emotional identities. Want to know the story of effective change? Study the creative, generative fables within Dr Pernicano's innovative book, and implant them with personal care.
Pat Pernicano, PsyD, is director of clinical services at Providence Self Sufficiency Ministries, where she provides programmatic direction and clinical supervision for the Family Preservation Program and Providence House for Children Group Homes. Dr. Pernicano is also a clinical faculty member at Spalding University and teaches part time in the PsyD program.
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Magic of Metaphor
Part 2 Part I—General Treatment Issues
Chapter 3 Chapter 1—Attention Seeking: The Proud Peacock
Chapter 4 Chapter 2—Bullying and Anger Management: The Dragon's Fire
Chapter 5 Chapter 3—Unconditional Positive Self-Regard: The Unraveled Tapestry
Chapter 6 Chapter 4—Codependency: Enough Is Enough
Chapter 7 Chapter 5—Planning Ahead (Executive Functioning): Steer Clear of the Rocks
Chapter 8 Chapter 6—Recognizing Positives: Treasures in the Trash
Chapter 9 Chapter 7—Intolerance and Prejudice: The Brown-Eyed Club
Chapter 10 Chapter 8—Inflexibility: Gold in the Desert
Chapter 11 Chapter 9—Self-Control: Keep the Lion on a Leash
Chapter 12 Chapter 10—Letting Go of Worries: The Burden Bag
Chapter 13 Chapter 11—Denial and Avoidance: The Hidey-Hole
Part 14 Part II—Specific Treatment Issues
Chapter 15 Chapter 12—Performance Anxiety: The Grounded Eagle
Chapter 16 Chapter 13—Parental Mental Illness: Call It Like It Is?
Chapter 17 Chapter 14—Fitting in Socially (PDD/ Asperger's Disorder): The Bulldozer in the China Shop
Chapter 18 Chapter 15—Bedtime Anxiety: Things That Go Boo in the Night
Chapter 19 Chapter 16—Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms: The Magic Stone
Chapter 20 Chapter 17—Eating Disorders: The Twin in the Mirror
Chapter 21 Chapter 18—Depression: A Tough Nut to Crack
Chapter 22 Chapter 19—Learning Difficulties: Swimming in Hurricanes
Chapter 23 Chapter 20—Divorce: Enough Love to Go Around
Chapter 24 Chapter 21—Panic Attacks: The Bee and the Butterfly
Chapter 25 Chapter 22—Attention Deficit Symptoms: The Magic Glasses
Chapter 26 Appendix A—Take-It-Home Questions and Activities
Chapter 27 Appendix B—Squiggles Stories