This book integrates the problem-solving focus of strategic family therapy with narrative therapy's emphasis on stories and the cultural context of meaning. It extends the rich and productive tradition of strategic therapy by embracing the importance of symbolic forms in creating and transforming experience.
Marilyn Wedge uses engaging case examples to illustrate her central argument, that all experience, even the experience of one's own self, is a construction of signs. Drawing upon the power of symbolic forms to create meaning, she introduces a new theoretical position of semiotic constructivism. While symbols have long been a part of psychotherapy, the roles of such symbolic forms as myth, ritual, and polysemic or multivocal language in constructing meaning in therapy need to be reinterpreted in light of the postmodern era. This integration of strategic and narrative in the symbolic is laid out in the first half of the book.
In the therapist's mirror the symbol becomes a structuring metaphor. It is the place where the therapist and client meet, where the jumble of life becomes meaningful, and where a strategic move has power. Here reality is made, and transformed, in the experience of our lives..
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects approximately one in a hundred young people, and often makes it difficult to lead happy and productive lives. This manual from the distinguished Maudsley hospital guides therapists through the process of treating young people with the disorder and supporting patients and their families. Designed to be used in conjunction with the workbook OCD - Tools to Help You Fight Back!, it features an adaptable evidence-based treatment based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention techniques. It provides instructions on how best to educate young... More info
An all-ages colouring-in book based on Australian Indigenous artworks from the Balarinji Art & Design Archive. Colouring Country is an art therapy book with a difference. It features 42 full-colour reproductions of superb Indigenous Australian artworks, each with a colouring template and a description of its story and cultural context from the Dreamtime. The rhythm and motifs of Aboriginal artworks illustrate life in balance with the majesty of nature. They represent the joyful visual language of the world's oldest continuing culture. The works in Colouring Country are from the Balarinji Art... More info
"The most helpful book on childhood anxiety I have ever read."- Michael Thompson, Ph.D. Whether it's the monster in the closet or the fear that arises from new social situations, school, or sports, anxiety can be especially challenging and maddening for children. And since anxiety has a mind of its own, logic and reassurance often fail, leaving parents increasingly frustrated about how to help. Now Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., the author of "*Playful Parenting,* " provides a special set of tools to handle childhood anxiety. Offering simple, effective strategies that... More info