Life Story Therapy is an approach designed to enable children to explore, question and understand the past events of their lives. It aims to secure their future through strengthening attachment with their carers and providing the opportunity to develop a healthy sense of self and a feeling of wellbeing.
This comprehensive overview lays out the theory underlying life story therapy, including an accessible explanation of contemporary research in neurobiology and trauma. Featuring tried and tested ideas, with tools and templates illustrated through instructive case studies, the author identifies how life story therapy can be implemented in practice. Finally, the relationships between life story therapy and traditional 'talking' therapies are explored.
Life Story Therapy with Traumatized Children is essential reading for those working with children and adolescents, including social workers, teachers, child psychotherapists, residential care staff, long-term carers, psychologists and other professionals.
Richard Rose is the Director of Child Trauma Intervention Services Ltd and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. He is also a Fellow of the Berry Street Childhood Institute, part of Berry Street, Australia and Lead Consultant for Clinical Practice at SACCS, UK. He undertakes consultancy and training on Life Story Therapy and working with 'hard to reach' children and adolescents, and develops academic training programmes in the UK and internationally. He is co-author of The Child's Own Story: Life Story Work with Traumatized Children.
Acknowledgements. Preface. Foreword by Dr Bruce Perry, Founder and Senior Fellow, Child Trauma Academy, Texas, USA. Part 1. The Roots of Life Story Therapy. 1. Introducing Life Story Therapy. 2. The Developing Brain, The Body, Trauma and Attachment. 3. Preparing for Life Story Therapy. Part 2. The Stages of Life Story Therapy. 4. The Information Bank. 5. Direct Work with Children. 6. Understanding the Process. 7. Internalisation and Wallpaper. 8. The Life Story Book and Outcomes. 9. Life Story Therapy and How it Relates to Other Forms of Therapy. References. Index.