A Serious Study of Fun. Why do serious people become more playful when they are interviewed by a teddy-bear? Do some people have a stronger tendency towards engaging with narrative than others? If so can this be measured, and can it be used to predict how an individual might respond to an experience? This study investigates particular aspects of role-playing and narrative activities in online communicationenvironments, looking particularly at individual predispositions, different communicationenvironments, and individual responses to activities that encourage a level of playful engagement. It fits broadly into the engagement agenda, and in particularencompasses narrative and game-like activity which are of interest to many areas of the telecommunicationsand computer games industries.
This research is conducted within a postmodern and social construction discourse and in context of narrative and participatory pastoral care and therapy. It has been influenced by the voices of five theologies: participatory, narrative, contextual, feminist and liberation. The participatory action research seeks to highlight how narrative and participatory pastoral care and therapy with children at Mary Ward Children’s Home, Kwekwe, Zimbabwe creates an inclusive and caring community. It argues that though residential childcare facilities are considered the last resort in the childcare system, we are witnessing not their demise but their development due to the increased numbers of AIDS-orphans in our society. The research aims were to develop inclusive narrative and participatory pastoral care and therapy practices that respect the knowledges of the children involved,to develop an eco-spirituality as participatory care and therapy practice and to co-author creative practices which will help the participants integrate into the Society. The child carers are invited into an ethical practice that has the potential to transform the lives of children in residential childcare facilities.
The landmark guide to play therapy—completely updated and revised Edited by Charles E. Schaefer—the «father of play therapy»—Foundations of Play Therapy, Second Edition is a complete, state-of-the-art guide to the many diverse approaches to, and methods used in, play therapy practice with children and adolescents. Featuring an expert panel of contributors, this comprehensive reference provides up-to-date and insightful coverage of all of the major theoretical models of play therapy and offers practical examples for the application of each model, including: Narrative play therapy Solution-focused play therapy Experiential play therapy Release play therapy Integrative play therapy Psychoanalytic approaches to play therapy Child-centered play therapy Gestalt play therapy Family play therapy Cognitive behavioral play therapy Prescriptive play therapy Written for therapists looking for guidance on how to incorporate play therapy into their practice, as well as students or those in need of a refresher on the latest methods and techniques, Foundations of Play Therapy, Second Edition is a standard-setting resource presenting pragmatic and useful information for therapists at all levels of training.
The stories we tell about ourselves are essential to make meaning of our lives. These stories also influence the future course of our lives. Narrative therapy has been used to treat many existential problems including those experienced by persons with major mental illness. Clinical music improvisation evokes deep emotions and memories, providing a rich reflective surface from which to narrate one’s life story. In this study, the author examines therapeutic narratives of persons with schizophrenia with and without music improvisation, drawing pertinent conclusions about specific ways that music contributes to life narratives. The literature review explores relationships between music, schizophrenia and narrative therapy, and presents current research on problems of narratives of persons with schizophrenia, narrative assessment, and treatment. Detailed results of the study present the participants’ narratives in their own words analyzed in terms of strengths and weaknesses. This book will be of interest to music therapists, narrative therapists and researchers, and anyone who works with persons with major mental illnesses.
A practical, down-to-earth guide to using the world's most successful approach to couple therapy One of the most successful therapeutic approaches to healing dysfunctional relationships, emotionally focused couple therapy provides clients with powerful insights into how and why they may be suppressing their emotions and teaches them practical ways to deal with those feelings more constructively for improved relationships. Unlike cognitive-behavioural therapy, which provides effective short-term coping skills, emotionally focused therapy often is prescribed as a second-stage treatment for couples with lingering emotional difficulties. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy For Dummies introduces readers to this ground-breaking therapy, offering simple, proven strategies and tools for dealing with problems with bonding, attachment and emotions, the universal cornerstones of healthy relationships. An indispensable resource for readers who would like to manage their relationship problems independently through home study Delivers powerful techniques for dealing with unpleasant emotions, rather than repressing them and for responding constructively to complex relationship issues The perfect introduction to EFT basics for therapists considering expanding their practices to include emotionally focused therapy methods Packed with fascinating and instructive case studies and examples of EFT in action, from the authors' case files Provides valuable guidance on finding, selecting and working with the right EFT certified therapist
The sensory integration approach originates from physical (anatomical and physiological) evidence whilst the play therapy approach originates from psychological evidence. Although both of these approaches are used as intervention methods with children who display behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, the researcher considered whether it was important for a play therapist to be aware of sensory integration therapy. The researcher then started this study in order to investigate the incidence of sensory integration dysfunction in children who receive play therapy. After completing the study, the researcher is of opinion that it is indeed necessary for play therapists to be aware of sensory integration theory in order to provide holistic play therapy intervention and to ensure positive therapy outcomes.
The book titled 'Understanding Play Therapy' is a quite good and handy literature for learning, teaching and practicing play therapy on children, adolescents, adults as well as persons with special needs. It provides good information in relation to historical foundation upto current status of play therapy. The students, interns and qualified professionals of clinical psychology, child psychology and developmental psychology and other health professionals of pediatrics can use this book as a good source of learning play therapy and its applications in health intervention as well as non-clinical behavioural problems. In addition, the book also includes how parents can be useful and helpful while dealing with children through play therapy. The author's approach in presenting the issues related to play therapy is praiseworthy as it ensures a comprehensive understanding of play therapy for knowledge and practice.
The prevalence of conduct problems in children impacts upon families, educational settings, and broader society within Australia. Conduct problems develop early in an individual''s life and can lead to more serious problems including substance abuse and delinquency in adolescence and adulthood. Given the high incidence of conduct problems in children, the need for prevention and early intervention strategies to target the onset and development of this phenomenon is paramount. This book focuses on early intervention strategies for reducing the incidence of conduct problems in children and explores a multi-modal early intervention and prevention program targeting children and families at-risk of the development of conduct problems.
Improving nutrition is essential to reduce extreme poverty. Since the images of drought & starvation have become inexorably linked with Ethiopia. Malnutrition can best be described in Ethiopia as a long term year round phenomenon due to chronic inadequacies in food instance combined with high level of illness. Children with severe malnutrition are at risk of several life threatening problems like hypoglycaemia, hypothermia, serious infection, & severe electrolyte disturbances. The purpose of book is to provide professionals with an overview of the field, with a focus on major public health problems related to nutrition in Ethiopian including protein energy malnutrition, vitamin A deficiency, vitamin D deficiency, & Iron deficiency anemia.
A text for use on introductory courses in counselling and therapy theory and practice. It presents two approaches selected from each of the three main schools influencing contemporary therapy practice: the psychodynamic school, the humanistic school, and the cognitive-behavioural school.
The aim of this book is to investigate how music therapy could promote communication and socialisation for children with Cerebral Palsy at an Early Intervention Conductive Education Centre. It involved two in-depth cases of children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at different levels of severity at aged four to five years old, documenting individual music therapy sessions over a three month period. Assessment, Evaluation, and programming System for Infants and Children (AEPS) to provide a comparison before and after the research period. Staff perceptions about the nature of the children's communication and socialisation in music therapy were sought using a short and informal interview with two staff members at the Centre. These three data sources were triangulated in the analysis and the findings were discussed individually where each child showed diverse observable improvement in communication interaction with flexible and child-centred approaches. This contributed to an overview that music therapy could help engender interaction with others, facilitate 'conversations' and increase the output of verbal and non-verbal exchange.
The Cambridge Companion to Narrative provides a unique and valuable overview of current approaches to narrative study. An international team of experts explores ideas of storytelling and methods of narrative analysis as they have emerged across diverse trditions of inquiry and in connection with a variety of media, from film and television, to storytelling in the 'real-life' contexts of face-to-face interaction, to literary fiction. Each chapter presents a survey of scholarly approaches to topics such as haracter, dialogue, genre or language, shows how those approaches can be brought to bear on a relatively well-known illustrative example, and indicates directions for further research. Featuring a chapter reviewing definitions of narrative, a glossary of ey terms and a comprehensive index, this is an essential resource for both students and scholars in many fields, including language and literature, composition and rhetoric, creative writing, jurisprudence, communication and media studies, and the social ciences.
Vic Muniz’s images and his playful approach to making art captivate children and adults alike. Muniz works primarily in series, using everyday materials—such as peanut butter and jelly, chocolate syrup, and even garbage—to make images that often reference masterpieces or popular icons. Jelly, Garbage, and Toys, drawn from interviews with children, is an interactive first-person narrative that presents Muniz’s personal story and his art, focusing on some of his many processes and mediums. The book emphasises the importance of play in the creation of art while challenging children to think about how images are made and what they mean. The design—with graphic novel–inspired speech bubbles, liftable flaps, and a Turkish-map fold (all four sides open)—helps communicate Muniz’s exuberant message.
Problems of squatter settlements are becoming very serious day by day in Pakistan. Pakistan is poor developing country in the world which is facing different serious issues due to the lack of resources and lack of good governance, also economy of Pakistan is not good. Pakistan can not bear more Burden as issues in these situations. All problems regarding the Urban Sprawl of Islamabad are due to lack of proper management, non-implementation of policies, corruption and un awareness of Government towards the problems of squatter settlements.Government seems to fail to solve the problems of squatter settlements. This is big violation with the rights of slum dwellers. It is responsibility of the state to provide the basic rights to every citizen in a country.