ERIC Number: EJ837121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Utilizing Fictional Stories when Counseling Adults
Burns, Stephanie T.
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, v3 n4 p441-454 Dec 2008
Using fictional stories with adults in group and individual counseling sessions facilitates exploration of difficult topics in a safe and nonthreatening way. These stories deepen awareness and increase problem solving skills. This article describes how fictional stories can be used by counselors with adult clients. It also illustrates strategies for their appropriate selection and use, and it provides guidelines for considerations of culture, story endings, timing of delivery, processing questions, and integration with the counselor's theoretical orientation. Finally, the article recommends free, respected, online resources for counselors using fictional stories with adult clients.
Descriptors: Adults, Group Counseling, Individual Counseling, Fiction, Bibliotherapy, Problem Solving, Story Telling, Creativity, Thinking Skills
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