Exercise Metaphors Built On Everyday Experiences

If telling stories from your experiences or observations of children:

■ Be mindful of the child's desired goal. This is the direction in which your story should clearly be heading.

■ Seek an experience that describes the attainment of that outcome. It may help to ask yourself, "When did I obtain a similar goal?" or "When did I see someone else achieving that goal?"

■ Have your story develop the resources, learning, and discovery necessary for the goal attainment. Ask yourself, "What abilities or means did I, or the person I observed, need to reach that goal?"

■ Define the metaphoric problem, asking, "What experience did I, or that other person, encounter that paralleled the problems of my child client?"

■ Tell the story in your own words, describing the problem, the resources, and the outcome.

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