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Storytelling with Children in Crisis
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Molly Salans has been a storyteller for many years, visiting children in deprived areas who have depression, ADHD and behavioral problems caused by poverty, absent fathers, depressed mothers, run-down schools and violence. Describing her therapy sessions as they happened, Molly Salans puts the children in the context of their lives and recounts her sessions, the folk and fairy stories she told and the ones they developed themselves. In doing so, she shows how storytelling and listening, thinking about characters in the stories and talking about alternative endings inspires the imagination, compassion and way of thinking needed to cope with such emotionally difficult lives. This remarkable book includes over fifteen original children's drawings and reveals the methodology Molly uses to help heal these children and their families, making it essential for all those involved in therapy and in storytelling.
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Introduction. PART ONE: Lady Ragnell. 1. Moonless Night 2. A Moon Sliver. 3. A Half Moon. 4. A Full Moon. 5. Venus. PART TWO: Anthony and the Magic Cake. 6. Shooting Stars. 7. Too Exhausted to Make a Wish. 7. Light Years Away. 8. The Blue Moon. PART THREE: The Creation Story. 9. Fossilized Stars. 10. Mars. 11. Exploring New Constellations. PART FOUR: The Butterfly. 14. The Lone Stars. 15. Loss of Gravity. 16. Northern Lights. Index.

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Molly Salans is a child and family psychotherapist, storyteller, poet and Kabbalistic healer. She incorporates story and poetry in her private practice as often as she can. In addition she performs one woman shows, and is also a member of Iyanu, a multimedia performance troop, which specializes in ancient stories, original poetry and music. Molly also teaches storytelling and poetry workshops. She lives in Groton, Massachusetts and has a private practice in Littleton, MA.

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