Kids' Club Letters: Narrative Tools for Stimulating Process by Georgia A. DeGangi

By Georgia A. DeGangi

Children' membership Letters provides an leading edge method of team psychotherapy for school-aged little ones who adventure various social and emotional difficulties. a story treatment process is customized, taking the shape of letters written via the therapist within the voice of a kid who's requesting suggestion approximately interpersonal or emotional difficulties. the kid within the letter is calling for assistance from the individuals within the staff. those letters have been devised and written for the aim of structuring responses in team psychotherapy, permitting the contributors to handle proper concerns for them separately and on the staff point. the youngsters within the teams had formerly skilled trouble discussing those concerns spontaneously. therefore the 'Dear crew' letter layout used to be born. the youngsters didn't recognize that the therapist had written the letters.

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Self-cutting is often found on the upper arm, where it can be hidden. Sometimes it is on the lower arm, and occasionally it is on the thigh. The “child” who wrote the following letter speaks to all the children who understand this terribly dark place of self-loathing (Box, Copley, Magagna, & Smilansky, 1994). 23 24 • K ids’ Club Letters Dear Kids’ Club, I am very nervous to write this letter to you because my problem is one that is hugely embarrassing. I was born in a body that is completely funky.

I am overweight and big for my age. When I run, people laugh at me, saying that I look like a big baby. I notice that when kids are talking and laughing with one another, they smile at each other but don’t look at me. I wish that I could trade my entire body in for someone else’s. I don’t think there is anything I can do about this. It’s the body I was born in. I get anxious when I think about this and start eating. I literally shovel the food in my mouth. That doesn’t help the weight problem one bit and I know it.

I was the youngest and nobody passed the ball to me. I kept stealing the ball from them and gave it a shot. By the end, the counselor made sure everyone passed the ball to me. They thought I couldn’t do it and didn’t give me a chance. Ther apist: This will help Christina, to hear that she has company, that other kids have the same problem. Girls’ Group #5 Brooke: Brittany: Ther apist: Brittany: OK. How do I start? Well you could talk so that other people will hear you. Maybe that’s part of her problem.

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