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Metaphorical Stories for Child Therapy


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Chapter 1 Introduction: The Magic of Metaphor Part 2 Part I—General Treatment Issues Chapter 3 Chapter 1—Attention Seeking: The Proud Peacock Chapter 4 Chapter 2—Bullying and Anger Management: The Dragon's Fire Chapter 5 Chapter 3—Unconditional Positive Self-Regard: The Unraveled Tapestry Chapter 6 Chapter 4—Codependency: Enough Is Enough Chapter 7 Chapter 5—Planning Ahead (Executive Functioning): Steer Clear of the Rocks Chapter 8 Chapter 6—Recognizing Positives: Treasures in the Trash Chapter 9 Chapter 7—Intolerance and Prejudice: The Brown-Eyed Club Chapter 10 Chapter 8—Inflexibility: Gold in the Desert Chapter 11 Chapter 9—Self-Control: Keep the Lion on a Leash Chapter 12 Chapter 10—Letting Go of Worries: The Burden Bag Chapter 13 Chapter 11—Denial and Avoidance: The Hidey-Hole Part 14 Part II—Specific Treatment Issues Chapter 15 Chapter 12—Performance Anxiety: The Grounded Eagle Chapter 16 Chapter 13—Parental Mental Illness: Call It Like It Is? Chapter 17 Chapter 14—Fitting in Socially (PDD/ Asperger's Disorder): The Bulldozer in the China Shop Chapter 18 Chapter 15—Bedtime Anxiety: Things That Go Boo in the Night Chapter 19 Chapter 16—Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms: The Magic Stone Chapter 20 Chapter 17—Eating Disorders: The Twin in the Mirror Chapter 21 Chapter 18—Depression: A Tough Nut to Crack Chapter 22 Chapter 19—Learning Difficulties: Swimming in Hurricanes Chapter 23 Chapter 20—Divorce: Enough Love to Go Around Chapter 24 Chapter 21—Panic Attacks: The Bee and the Butterfly Chapter 25 Chapter 22—Attention Deficit Symptoms: The Magic Glasses Chapter 26 Appendix A—Take-It-Home Questions and Activities Chapter 27 Appendix B—Squiggles Stories

About the Author

Pat Pernicano, PsyD, is director of clinical services at Providence Self Sufficiency Ministries, where she provides programmatic direction and clinical supervision for the Family Preservation Program and Providence House for Children Group Homes. Dr. Pernicano is also a clinical faculty member at Spalding University and teaches part time in the PsyD program.


In this book the reader will find many wonderfully creative stories for helping children and adolescents resolve a wide range of psychological problems. Highly recommended!
*Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S, coauthor of Play Therapy for Very Young Children*

Play therapy uses metaphors in all different types of ways to help children with psychological difficulties. Children can identify with the protagonist and help solve the 'problem' as presented in story format. Metaphorical Stories for Child Therapy by Pat Pernicano is a wonderful selection of metaphors that are specifically designed for certain types of children with certain types of disorders, as well as for typical children alike. The collection of light hearted metaphors will guide the play therapist in directions to help children through play as well as storytelling techniques. This book would be a welcome addition to new as well as seasoned play therapists.
*Heidi Gerard Kaduson, PhD, coauthor of 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, 101 More Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, and 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techn*

Narratives are the fertile soil in which children grow their emotional identities. Want to know the story of effective change? Study the creative, generative fables within Dr Pernicano's innovative book, and implant them with personal care.
*Jeffrey K. Zeig, director, The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Phd, The Milton H. Erickson Foundation*

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