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Understanding and Treating the Aggression of Children: Fawns in Gorilla Suits

Understanding and Treating Aggressive Children: Fawns in Gorilla Suits

Handbook of Play Therapy with Aggressive Children


Evocative Strategies in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

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DVD on Grief
...Heart Symbol Strategies
...Heartfelt Feelings Coloring Card Kit
...Party Hats on Monsters
...Anger Modulation Drawings
...The Ship Prepares for Voyage
...The Magic Key
...The Fair Trial
...The Tree at the Top of the Hill
...Falling Leaves
...Holiday Writing Exercises
...Three Doors
Articles for Parents and Teachers
Article: Empathic Healer
Article: The Fawns beneath the Gorilla Suits
Article: The Hidden Dimensions
Article: Sounds of Children's Silence
Article: Windows to the Child�s Soul
Article: Selective Mutism
Article: Sealing off the Fountain
Article: by Liana Lowenstein, MSW
Article: Rosie the Golden Retriever
Poetry... Musings of the Soul
...Multicultural Language of Healing a Child
...Poetry Book-The Vision of the Heart
...Poetry Book-A Place of Healing and Hope
Tribute to Survivors of Domestic Violence
"My Wish for Children"
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The Ship Prepares for Voyage

This projective storytelling technique invokes the powerful metaphor of piloting or organizing a voyage across the ocean (life journey) with all the adventure, challenge, crisis, which facing the often-treacherous seas can entail (life is full of challenge and setbacks). The story also elicits the children�s perception of their resources both internally and within their interpersonal support system to prepare for the anticipated adversities. The internal or external locus of control of children is likely to be revealed by whether they choose to captain the ship themselves or rely on someone else to pilot the ship. Their choice of guests to accompany them on the voyage may be revealing of whom they regard as significant attachments and supports in their lives. The degree of hope or hopelessness and their optimistic or pessimistic explanatory style will be suggested by the outcome of the trip and how the crises are handled.  Water has often been viewed as a symbol of life and a boat/ship as a vessel of life and a crossing as the bridge between life and death, sometimes between good and evil, from life to after-life and so the story basics contain rich symbolism that offers an unique opportunity to gain access to the child�s inner world of thought, feelings and fantasy. The ship leaving it�s home port to face unknown dangers and uncertainties on the high seas is also powerfully evocative of themes of loss, desertion, and abandonment for those left behind, fear of never returning to one�s home base and being separated forever from loved ones for those leaving on their journey.

The Ship Prepares for Voyage

The Story: Now, I want you to pretend that you have your own ship and you are preparing for a voyage across the ocean. Think about what preparations, what supplies will be needed. How big a crew will you need? How experienced willyour crew be? Will you be the captain of the ship or will you hire someone to pilot the ship. How will you prepare for storms and rough seas? Who else will you invite to go on this voyage with you? Now I want you to reflect and pause for a moment and fully relax. I want you to think about your voyage across the ocean and what kind of adventure it is going to be for you, your invited guestsand the crew. Think about some of the challenges that you will face as you make your way across the ocean and how you will manage those crises that arise. Make up a story about your voyage, your adventure across the ocean; be sure to give your story a beginning, a middle part, and an ending. Be sure to include some action, drama, and suspense in the story, in other words make it a good story. Children are good at making up interesting stories and I am sure you will be able to come up with an exciting story of your own.

Among the follow-up questions to the child�s story, consider the following:

1. What title would you give your story?

2. How did it all turn out in the end?

3. What would you do differently on your next voyage?

4. How did you feel about your voyage? How did your guests feel? How did your crew feel about the voyage?

5. What can we learn from your story? Is there a moral or a lesson from your story?

6. If you could give advice to other people starting out on a voyage, what advice would you give after your voyage across the sea?


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