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Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work: Developing Trauma-Informed Practice for Working with Children, Adolescents and Young Adults

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Author: Deborah D. Gray (author of foreword), Rebecca Wild (author of contributions), Dr Goedele A.M. De Clerck (author of contributions), Paula Price (author of contributions), Richard Rose (author of contributions), Goedele A. M. de Clerck (author of contributions), Kathy Crouch (author of contributions), Shoko Tokunaga (author of contributions), Joan Moore (author of contributions), Natalia O'Keefe (author of contributions), Anna-Elizabeth Mattiuzzo (author of contributions)

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Published: 21/07/17

ISBN: 9781785921858

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Life story work is an approach designed to enable traumatized children to explore, question and understand the past events of their lives. It aims to secure their future by strengthening attachment with their carers and providing the opportunity to develop a healthy sense of self and a feeling of wellbeing. This new edited volume documents innovative ways in which life story work has been developed. It draws on the work of nine life story centres based around the world and provides understanding and guidance for those working with children who have experienced trauma. The book illustrates current theory and practice and looks at how the approach is being used in a variety of settings including schools, intensive services, youth justice, and post-adoption support, highlighting its versatility. The importance of trauma-informed practice when working with vulnerable children is emphasised throughout, to help practitioners provide the best for the children in their care.