Find Your Way contains ten illustrated short stories developed specifically to promote recovery, resilience and positive mental health among adolescents and young adults. Each story concludes with reflective questions that empower and guide young people to choose their own ending to the story – and in doing so to begin moving beyond adversity in the way that suits them best.
Stories are an invaluable tool for connecting with people, especially those reluctant to engage with more direct approaches. The stories tackle a wide range of specific mental health challenges such as trauma, separation, independence, rejection, hope and recovery. The resource was originally developed with clients challenged by difficulties including depression, autism and eating disorders, the stories are proven in practice and supported by case studies, scripts, tableaus and activities. Find Your Way can be used in the classroom and consulting room.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Alida Gersie
• Promoting Mental Wellbeing in Young People
• Drama and the Arts for Mental Health
• How to Use This Resource
1. ‘The Glow Fish’
Attachment, Separation and Personality Types
2. ‘The Lost One’
Past, Future, Present
3. ‘Guardian of Dogs’
Rejection, Abuse, Trust and Recovery
4. ‘Boy In A Tree’
Avoidance, Self-Preservation, Fear and Courage
5. ‘Little Blue’
Immigration, Expectations, Relationships, Prejudice
6. ‘The Glass Wall’
Confinement, Freedom, Attachment, Separation
7. ‘Silver Angel’
Friendship, Transformation and Loss
8. ‘Born of Shadow and Light’
Inner Strength and Courage
10. ‘Nature’s Spirits’
Environmental Issues and Personality Types
Publication Date: June 2020
Reviews and Endorsements
“This is great. I really found this so enjoyable and easy to read/navigate, which is a good thing for a busy teacher. I feel that the layout and the scenarios are easy to connect with and easy to imagine implementing in any classroom. I can see this being a great go to resource for many teachers, to help navigate some of the challenging topics that exist in our school communities that can help them feel empowered and secure to deliver. This book also shows the importance and value of Drama being an important subject that enables a safe and vital place to explore these activities.”
Andria Zafirakou MBE. Global Teacher Prize Winner 2018. Consultant on Creativity and Innovation. Speaker. Art and Textiles Teacher. Founder and CEO of Artists in Residence (AiR) Charity.
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