Therapeutic Storytelling for Adolescents and Young Adults

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Oxford University Press, 2014 - Medical - 254 pages
Adolescents are often an overlooked clinical population. Among school-based practitioners, there is a natural inclination to focus the delivery of mental health services, assessment measures, and intervention plans on younger children, and there is a strong research base to support these programs. On the other hand, the waiting rooms of most practitioners in private practice are filled with young and middle-age adults, couples, or families with young children. Because most therapists do not specialize in working with teens, who might make up only a small portion of their overall caseload, there is a need for high quality, easily implemented activities to help engage with adolescent clients.

This book provides an overview of the principles of therapeutic storytelling, developmental issues of adolescents and young adulthood, and their strengths-based model, before moving into a series of chapters devoted to specific issues. Commonly encountered topics such as sexuality, parent & peer relationships, substance abuse, violence & gangs, bereavement, and cultural and religious issues are covered within the chapters.

Includes a convenient companion website designed to facilitate ease of use for the busy professional or academic contains printable storytelling and activity worksheets, color photographs for phototherapy and guided imagery, and additional resources/website links.
 

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Contents

1 Instructional Guidelines and Strategies
1
2 Conceptual Framework and EvidenceBased Practice
7
3 Principles and Processes of Storytelling with Teens and Young Adults
13
4 Developmental Issues of Adolescence and Young Adulthood
18
5 The Strengths Approach to Storytelling with Adolescents and Young Adults
24
6 Social Adjustment and Peer Acceptance
33
7 Sexuality
42
8 Abuse Sexual Assault and Exploitation
53
16 Military Issues and International Violence
124
17 Death
133
18 Strengths
144
19 Community Violence and Gangs
160
20 Independence
169
21 Cultural and Religious Issues
180
22 Job Loss and Poverty
189
23 Illness and Disability
199

9 Parents
61
10 Relationships
69
11 Eating Issues
78
12 Emotions
87
13 Dating Violence
98
14 Substance Abuse
106
15 Trauma
116
24 School Issues
210
25 General Activities for All Practice Areas
221
References
237
Glossary
241
Author Index
247
Subject Index
251
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Johanna Slivinske, MSW, is a Mental Health Therapist with PsyCare Inc., Howland, Ohio. She is Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Social Work at Youngstown State University. Lee Slivinske, Ph.D., LISW, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Social Work at Youngstown StateUniversity.

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