ERIC Number: ED418354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Foster Care: Creating Interpersonal Change through Story-Telling and Family Play. Strategies to Support Client Assessment and Intervention.
Schatz, Mona Struhsaker; Gaddis, Stephen R.; Zimmerman, Toni Schindler
Story-telling and family play can exert powerful effects on children. Some beliefs, values, and personal life-style choices that relate to how play is created are examined. Using the primary concepts in "narrative therapy,""adventure-based programming," and "family play therapy," play is employed to create an empowerment framework to consider the unique lives of social services clients. This empowerment framework promotes a means for individuals to explore their own meaning and sense of self-expression, rather than holding on to negative and pathological interpretations of their ideas and behaviors. Topics covered include (1) the value of family play; (2) how safe and successful play creates a framework for play and introduces a number of beneficial games; (3) how human development and the value of stories introduces the "narrative therapy" approach to one's life stories; (4) ways in which foster children's stories focus on the ways foster children view their world; and (5) exercises for rewriting the foster child's story through play and creating stories based on love, trust and hope. Designed for collaborative training of foster parents and caseworkers, the manual includes materials for both the trainer and the trainee. "Play is Learning: A Supplement," and "Guidelines for Selecting Toys" Contains two supplements, along with resources, references, and an evaluation. (EMK)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Colorado State Dept. of Human Services, Denver. Div. of Child Care.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins. Education and Research Inst. for Fostering Families.
Note: For related document, see CG 028 372.