Narrative Therapies with Children and Adolescents

Narrative Therapies with Children and Adolescents

by Craig Smith
     
 

Bringing together an array of renowned, highly creative contributors, this indispensable book demonstrates how narrative and collaborative w ork with young people can bridge the gap between the seemingly dispara te worlds of adults and children—and can foster unique and imaginativ e solutions to even the most challenging clinical problems. Through tr anscripts

Overview

Bringing together an array of renowned, highly creative contributors, this indispensable book demonstrates how narrative and collaborative w ork with young people can bridge the gap between the seemingly dispara te worlds of adults and children—and can foster unique and imaginativ e solutions to even the most challenging clinical problems. Through tr anscripts and compelling case examples, contributors illuminate how dr ama, art, play, and humor can effectively be used to engage children o f different ages and to honor their idiosyncratic language, knowledge, and perspectives. Chapters conclude with engaging question-and-answer sessions between the editors and the contributors that further draw o ut the principles and techniques of each approach.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Incorporating the venerable use of storytelling as therapeutic in their clinical practices, Smith (marriage, family, and child counselor; Solana Beach Counseling Center, San Diego) and Nyland (clinical social worker, Kaiser Permanente, Stockton)<-->along with 23 other mental health professionals worldwide<-->help counter the "children should be seen but not heard" adage even undermining family therapy models. Case examples present creative, collaborative, and effective methods to treat youth of different ages coping with such issues as depression, learning disabilities, substance and sexual abuse. Chapters conclude with editor-contributor dialogs on theory and practice. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher
"This wide-ranging book features postmodern ideas and innovative interviewing methods....The working contexts range from schools, playrooms, offices, and clinics to family homes and group homes. The book is simply full of creative variations in narrative practice! But other methods like the use of drama, art, home support, and the collaborative language systems approach are also included. A gratifying theme throughout is the consistent commitment to honoring and respecting the actual experiences of the young people with whom we work." —Karl Tomm, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Calgary
"In this book readers will find many wonderfully creative expressions of collaborative/narrative approaches to problems experienced in childhood and adolescence. The chapters are framed by a thoughtful and informative introduction that addresses many of the questions that are often asked about the tradition of thought and practice that informs these collaborative/narrative approaches. There is something for everyone in this book." —Michael White, BASW, Dulwich Centre, Adelaide, South Australia

"Smith and Nylund have compiled a collection of hopeful, exciting approaches to working with children that is as diverse as the problems that children and their families bring to therapy. Each chapter is unique, but the approaches are joined together by the spirit of possibility, respect, and collaboration that suffuses them all." —Bill O'Hanlon, MS

Readings
"Chock-full of inventive examples of clinical work....[This book] is ground-breaking in being the first narratively informed collection to focus on countering problems that capture adolescentsanorexia, depression, substance misuse and attentional differences among themand should stand as a landmark contribution in the years to come."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572302532
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
469
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Smith, PhD, is a Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor in private practice at the Solana Beach Counseling Center in San Diego, California. He also teaches at San Diego State University and supervises at various local agencies, in addition to co-leading trainings in dialogic narrative therapy.

David K. Nylund, MSW, is a clinical social worker at Kaiser Permanente in Stockton, California. He is also a consultant to Midtown Family Therapy, where he offers training in narrative therapy, and a lecturer at the Professional School of Psychology in Sacramento.
 

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