The Therapeutic Purposes of Reminiscence

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SAGE, Dec 29, 1998 - Psychology - 320 pages
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`I was impressed with the accessibility of the book, offering a guided tour through the history, context and purposes of reminiscence therapy, the range of applications from promoting social and emotional stimulation to reminiscence as psychotherapy. It also provides a brief overview of its theoretical underpinnings... As a book for health professionals interested in reminiscence work, it is a must for the shelf... most importantly it emphasizes the need for adequate training and supervision for those undertaking this type of work... the authors [also] provide a very good working guide to the assessment process' - Aging and Health

In this practical and accessible book, leading exponents of reminiscence work describe the purposes and techniques of reminiscence and set out detailed guidelines on how to implement and conduct a wide range of reminiscence activities with different types of client.

Highlighting its tremendous diversity and potential - and its special ability to allow people of all ages and abilities to communicate deeply about their lives - the authors separate out the different aims of reminiscence, which include intellectual or social stimulation, allowing people to leave behind them a cultural legacy, or a means of intergenerational communication. They show clearly how each can be directly beneficial either to clients or their carers, or for improving the culture of the arena in which the activity is being carried out.

 

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Contents

The Main Underlying Themes of This Book
1
Part I Setting the Scene
9
2 The History and Development of ReminiscenceBased Activities
23
3 The 3 Cs Client Carer Context
31
Part II Reminiscence Work that Helps Clients
48
1 Reminiscence to Encourage Spontaneous Conversation Between Clients
49
2 Reminiscence to Encourage Informal Conversation Between Staff and Clients
59
3 Reminiscence as Fun
66
10 Reminiscence as Oral History to Maintain or Improve Skills
175
11 Reminiscence to Aid Intergenerational Communication
185
12 Reminiscence to Achieve Cultural Legacy
199
13 Reminiscence and Spirituality
216
14 Reminiscence in the Assessment Process
224
15 Reminiscence for Life Review
237
16 Reminiscence to Aid the Creation of a Positive Identity
247
Part III Uses of Reminiscence to Benefit Carers
262

4 Reminiscence to Promote Emotional and Social Stimulation
73
5 Reminiscence to Promote Emotional and Social Stimulation with People Who Are Severely Disoriented
117
6 Individual Reminiscence Work
133
7 Reminiscence to Create Group Cohesion
142
8 Reminiscence to Teach People How to Use Groups Effectively
156
9 Reminiscence to ReUse Old Skills or Learn New Ones
167
17 Reminiscence to Aid Communication Between a Person with a Disability and Their Family
263
18 Reminiscence to Train Staff in Groupwork or to Improve Staff Groupwork Skills
272
Part IV Reminiscence as the Philosophy of the Unit
283
Index
297
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