101 Healing Stories for Kids and Teens: Using Metaphors in Therapy

A comprehensive guide to comprehending and utilizing storytelling in child and adolescent therapy

“George Burns is an accomplished clinician with an extraordinary ability to create, discover, and tell engrossing stories that can teach us all of life’s most critical lessons. With 101 Healing Stories for Children and Teens, he aims to assist children and adolescents in particular.

Teens acquire these life lessons early on, allowing them to seek assistance and even learn to think preventively.”
-Michael D. Yapko, PhD | Author of Depression: Breaking the Cycle and Hand-Me-Down Blues

“George Burns takes the reader on an amazing journey, balancing metaphor, sound therapeutic technique, and empirical foundations. Given that Burns employs all three aspects of the Confucian story—teaching, demonstrating, and involving—readers should gain a better understanding of how stories can be used therapeutically.”
-Richard G. Whiteside, MSW | Author of The Art of Using and Losing Control, as well as Working with Difficult Clients: A Practical Guide to Improved Therapy

“A treasure trove for parents and child development professionals.”
-Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D. | Founder and Executive Director, The Milton H. Erickson Foundation

Stories can be a powerful tool in therapy with children and adolescents, assisting them in developing the skills necessary to cope with and survive a wide variety of life situations. Oftentimes, stories are the most effective way to communicate with children and adolescents about topics they may not want to discuss directly.

101 Healing Stories for Children and Adolescents offers straightforward guidance on how to use storytelling and metaphors effectively in a variety of therapeutic settings. This one-of-a-kind resource is ideal for anyone who works with children and adolescents and can be used in conjunction with other innovative and evidence-based techniques such as play, art, music, and drama therapies, as well as solution-focused, hypnotic, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. Offering guidance to both new and experienced clinicians, George Burns’s latest book offers a unique combination of information on incorporating storytelling into therapy, dozens of pre-written stories, and tips for creating original therapeutic stories.

The innovative chapters include the following: * Guidelines for effective storytelling * Effective use of metaphors * Sources for healing story ideas
* Developing and presenting healing stories * Educating parents about the use of healing stories

Additionally, 101 Healing Stories for Children and Teens contains dozens of story ideas that address a variety of issues, including the following:
* Enhancing learning * Promoting self-care * Modifying behavioral patterns * Managing relationships, emotions, and life challenges * Developing helpful thoughts * Developing life skills and problem-solving techniques