Keeping the stories relating to childhood sexual abuse and violence secret within families seems core to the traumatic effect such abuse has on the lives of not just the person who has been abused, but also on their children and even their children’s children. This book demonstrates the uses of narrative practices both as a means to explore, through a collaborative research process, the effect of this traumatic legacy within families, and also the use of narrative as a dynamic therapeutic process which finds creative ways for people to break through the silence and live beyond being defined by abuse and violence. The contributors to this volume range in age, background and experience, but are linked through the common theme of inter and transgenerational trauma.
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“This amazing book should find a home in the library of every therapist no matter in which therapeutic approach or discipline they prefer to work. For many, the concept of Narrative Therapy will be new and there can be no better example of the skill required to achieve positive outcomes for this much damaged group of clients, who can be healed by this process.“[Susan] is an expert practitioner and her skills are evident as you read about the painful events in these client’s lives, frequently across generations, continents and cultures. The case histories make compelling reading and a debt is owed by all the readers to the clients who have been willing to share their lives and enable all who read this book to become better therapists as a result.”– Jan Hillman, UKCP (BASRT) Psychosexual Counsellor, Psychotherapist“Reading this book has been life changing. I have recently attained my diploma in counselling, and currently work as a volunteer counsellor at a project which specialises in assisting people affected by childhood abuse. The stories from the book have already influenced how I work, and I am sure [they] will be of great interest to counsellors working in this field.”– Stacy Simons, MBACP Volunteer Counsellor, Krane Project
Susan Dale works as a counsellor, researcher and writer in private practice and is editor of the BACP’s Thresholds journal. Following the completion of a doctorate in education specialising in narrative and life story research, she has published widely in academic journals, on counselling and narrative practices, and is the author of Where Angels Fear to Tread: An Exploration of having Conversations about Suicide in a Counselling Context (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010) and Songs at Twilight: A Narrative Exploration of Living with a Visual Impairment and the Effect this has on Claims to Identity (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011).