Book Review – Story-telling with children in crisis


    Molly Sallans

    Jessica Kingsley

    ISBN 1843107457, £15.95

    Star Rating: 4/5

    Describing home-based therapeutic work in real-life chaotic
    families, this book has relevance to anyone working with children
    and families. Although written in a US context the essence of the
    work applies to the UK, writes Claire McNicol.

    The text has traditional stories to tell which embody universal
    themes ranging from an Arthurian tale to a rhythmic
    African-American story. The stories are set in the context of
    different family problems, and detailed process recordings
    illustrate their impact. A simple structure to enable story
    creation with children is outlined and children’s stories punctuate
    the text along with reflections on the therapeutic process.

    The book is structured so that several case examples are
    discussed in the same chapter, which can be a little confusing. 
    What is most helpful is the author’s readiness to discuss her own
    doubts and vulnerabilities. 

    Claire McNicol is a national storytelling development
    worker with Children 1st  in Scotland.


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