Helping Children to Manage Loss: Positive Strategies for Renewal and Growth

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jun 1, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 240 pages
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Children experience loss in many ways: in the loss of a parent through death or divorce, through illness or disability, in failure and bullying, and in the host of hurts that are inherent in being alive. Helping Children to Manage Loss: Positive Strategies for Renewal and Growth explores the territory of loss in childhood using the words of children who have found themselves bereft of hope. As well as covering the short and long term implications that arise when loss occurs, it provides positive approaches that enable children not only to cope but to grow through their experiences. Incorporating practical techniques, case studies, successful models of intervention and insights from the author's experience as a counsellor who has worked extensively with children, the book explores such topics as: * helping a child prepare for loss * the initial impact of bereavement and its immediate consequences * helping a child mourn/come to terms with loss * separation and divorce, and the `sleeper' effects that cause long-term damage * dreams as communication and how they can be used therapeutically * enabling strategies to use with children facing illness, including cancer and disability * facing the trauma of abuse, suicide and disaster * strategies for renewal at home and at school, including the importance of active listening and ritual. The book also includes a section on further sources of support, with useful addresses, resources, books and telephone contact numbers.
 

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Contents

Introduction
6
The Loss of Childhood
9
2 Preparing for Loss
21
3 Then Everything Changed
28
4 Coming to Terms
41
5 Dreams as Distress Signals
54
Dandelions Floating on the Wind
74
7 The Traumatic Impact of Abuse Suicide and Disaster
90
8 Disability
106
9 Strategies for Renewal and Growth
118
10 School Strategies for Renewal 1
131
11 School Strategies for Renewal ll
148
12 A Network of Support
156
Bibliography
176
Index
182
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Brenda Mallon is a counsellor, trainer and staff development consultant. In both her private practice and with corporate clients, she explore the issues of loss and works to find healing strategies that bring new hope and learning from previous pain. Her national training courses and workshops include stress management, personal development, managing loss and creative approaches to counselling using dreams, writing and artwork. She has also developed Peer Group Counselling training for use in schools. Previous publications include Women Dreaming (HarperCollins), Children Dreaming (Penguin) and An Introduction to Counselling Skills for Teachers of Special Educational Needs (Manchester University Press training manuals and video).

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