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Creative Therapies with Traumatised Children

by Anne Bannister Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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As a probation officer and social worker, Anne Bannister has successfully used creative therapies with abused children for 25 years. Combining her practical experience and recent doctoral research she reflects on how and why these therapies actually work in the healing process. She shows how in 'the space between' children and their therapists, the child and adult can each use their creative skills to aid developmental processes, reverse negative brain patterns and affect positive behavioural changes to heal the damage caused by severe abuse in childhood.

The author presents a practical model called the Regenerative Approach to use when assessing and working therapeutically with traumatised children. Her research has implications for those working in the field of children's development and learning, and provides an important new approach for social workers, creative therapists and all those who work with traumatised children.

1. Introduction: How the Regenerative Model Evolved. 2. Repairing the Damage. 3. Creative Therapies and Their Uses. 4. Why are Children so Vulnerable? 5. Individual Work with Sexually Abused Children. 6. Groupwork with Sexually Abused Children. 7. Further Applications of Creative Therapies with Traumatised Children. 8. Summary of the Regenerative Model. References. Index.

Anne Bannister is one of Psychodrama's great practitioners in the field of working with children and young people. This book is testimony to her endless and untiring work alongside children. She is someone who is playful, creative, energetic, and a strong advocate and witness, for those children whose voices may have been silenced through abusive experiences.This book is a must for all who work with traumatised people and it provides a well grounded and safe model that allows for people to grow and develop.
Anne Bannister has worked as a probation officer and as a social worker/therapist for the NSPCC. She pioneered the formation of the Child Sexual Abuse Consultancy for the NSPCC and managed it until her retirement. She has published extensively on child protection issues and on psychodrama, dramatherapy and playtherapy.