Mental Health Occupational Therapy Journal
Occupational therapists will already be familiar with the principles of group work but the book demonstrates who the use of poetry can be used to order the chaos of the thoughts of the writers and describes the practical use of journals for workers in helping victims through the healing process. The book is also littered with useful snippets of advice. It is written in an economical, plain language sensitive to the subject matter and is deceptively quick to read as you are drawn in by the emotional raw poetry and writing it contains.
The first sixty-seven pages explore the creation of the book, understanding the origins of the work it presents and seeking to analyse it. These pages, in my opinion, concretise the book's real value. In my own experience as a counsellor with survivors of abuse, writing is frequently employed as a therapeutic tool but is less frequently well-understood. The book is clear and understandable. Various exercises are handily summarised in a series of readymade handouts, which may be photocopied and reused. This would be a valuable addition to the library of anyone working, or considering work, with survivors of abuse.
The International Journal of Psychiatric Nursing Research
The editors have succeeded in giving health care workers both the opportunity to increase their sensitivity and to develop responses that are caring and support emotional healing. This book is highly recommended for all health care professionals who provide therapeutic care to child and adult survivors of abuse and those who would like to experience an uplifting look into the resilience of the human spirit.
Writing in Education
The book is a guide to ways in which creative writing and personal disclosure help sufferers to express themselves and cope. There are a range of case studies, practical writing exercises and guidelines for facilitating groups and encouraging participants to develop self-esteem. The book is aimed at health and social care workers, but aids understanding and contains guidelines for those working with any writing group, in which a member may include a victim of abuse.