Susan Perrow is a story doctor. She writes, collects and documents stories that offer a therapeutic journey for the storyteller and listener – a positive, imaginative way of healing difficult situations.
Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour brings together the fruits of Susan Perrow’s work in storymaking. It is richly illustrated with lively anecdotes drawn from parents and teachers who have discovered how the power of story can help resolve a range of common childhood behaviours and situations such as separation anxiety, bullying, sibling rivalry, nightmares and grieving. This comprehensive resource offers:
- An overview of therapeutic storytelling
- Checklists for readers to evaluate the challenging behaviour or situation and identify their desired resolution
- Guidelines for adapting stories for different age groups and cultures
- An extensive collection of new stories and traditional folk tales categorised by behaviour or situation
- A storymaking model to help the reader create stories directly relevant to their own circumstances.
Susan Perrow is a teacher trainer, mentor and parent educator, specialising in storytelling and creative discipline. She travels internationally giving workshops and training seminars. She lives in Australia.
“Susan Perrow’s inspirational adventures with storytelling have grown into this inspirational book. May its pages encourage you to speak healing words that help both children and adults to flourish.” —Nancy Mellon, author of Storytelling with Children
“Susan Perrow gives us the tools to use and create stories that respond to the way children imagine their world. Practise what she teaches: it will enrich your life.” —Michael Moran, storyteller and psychiatric nurse
“Susan Perrow has developed the art of pedagogical stories to a luminescent degree. In her beautiful book she offers dozens of stories, some her own, some traditional and retold by her. Each story carries with it the seed of healing for just about any childhood problem, from unruly behavior to deep grieving. Her voice is one of warmth and caring, her stories are richly engaging to young and old alike.
Having her book at hand is like having a medicine chest filled with homeopathic remedies for all conditions – and, like homeopathy, Susan’s stories are guaranteed to produce no unwanted side effects.
Healing Stories includes chapters on creating stories and on the art of storytelling, as well as stories selected for their ability to heal.
This is a resource that is so vast in its usefulness that we predict it will become one of the most sought after parent/teacher resources ever printed.” —waldorfbooks.com
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