Writing Works: A Resource Handbook for Therapeutic Writing Workshops and Activities

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Victoria Field, Gillie Bolton, Kate Thompson
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Aug 15, 2006 - Psychology - 256 pages
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The use of creative writing as a route to personal development is a powerful therapeutic tool - a fact that is recognized in the growing numbers of workshops and writing groups within professional contexts, including clinical, health and criminal justice settings.

Writing Works is a guide for writers or therapists working with groups or individuals and is full of practical advice on everything from the equipment needed to run a session to ideas for themes, all backed up by the theory that underpins the methods explained. Experienced practitioners in the field contribute detailed illuminating accounts of organizing writing workshops for a wide range of different clients, together with examples of their outcomes.

This book will be an invaluable start-up reference for arts therapists and professionals working across the health, social care and caring professions, and one that will be referred to again and again.

 

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Contents

Introduction
13
Writing from Without
33
Writing from Within
139
APPENDIX 1 MAP OF THE BOOK
236
APPENDIX 2 CLASSIC EXERCISES
239
APPENDIX 3 USEFUL RESOURCES
240
REFERENCES
242
CONTRIBUTORS
245
SUBJECT INDEX
252
AUTHOR INDEX
255
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Gillie Bolton has worked in reflective and therapeutic writing for personal and professional development for twenty-five years, and has written and edited five books, one of which is now in its third edition. A grandmother of three, she lives in Bloomsbury, London, and Hope Valley, Derbyshire.

Kate Thompson is a BACP senior accredited counsellor and supervisor and a journal therapist. After gaining a degree in English Literature from Cambridge University and therapeutic training, she developed a method of combining the two. She is a faculty member of the Center for Journal Therapy and Institute for Therapeutic Writing and lives in Colorado, USA.

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