Metaphors Built On Client Cases

The experiences of one child, the things that child did to resolve an issue, and the outcome he or she gained may be helpful for another child. As I discussed back in Chapter 1, stories are a way of communicating about experiences the listener may not yet have had. They help equip or prepare a child for a present or future situation by hearing what another child or adult did to manage a similar set of

circumstances. In the project with Helena College, children wrote a number of stories from which those in Chapter 13 were selected. The school psychologist asked one child who told a true-to-life tale if that child thought it would be okay for the story to be considered for publication. The response was, "If my story can help others, it is really important." That, to me, seems the very essence ofwhy we share stories.

Story 43, "Having Fun," tells the story of a girl, Angela, who said she wanted to have fun, and the processes she went through to reach her objective. In Story 79, "Taking Control," Natalie learns about ways that will help her manage a habit pattern. Andrew's story of "Getting Back on Your Feet" (Story 88) describes how a child may experience a sudden, unexpected trauma and what might help a youth get back on his feet. The stories of an adolescent boy who came to grips with problems related to drugs and disruptive behaviors (Story 86, "Finding Solutions"); of a young adult looking back, with relief, on her adolescent decision not to commit suicide (Story 89, "Facing Thoughts of Suicide"); and of a mother's relating how a daughter helped her alter a depressive mood (Story 46, "Helping with Humor") are all based on real clinical cases and may be of benefit to other children and adolescents as they struggle to find means for dealing with similar issues.

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