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International Perspectives on Reminiscence, Life Review and Life Story Work

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Examining recent research and practice on reminiscence, life review and life story work, this book offers critical accounts of the rapidly growing and extensive global literature, and highlights the continuing relevance and effectiveness of these therapeutic methods.

The book includes examples of international practical projects, involving people of all ages, life circumstances, and levels of physical and cognitive functioning. Contributions from contemporary practitioners and researchers give a nuanced appraisal of the methods of engagement and creativity arising from the purposeful recall of our personal pasts. Chapters include reviews of technology, ethical issues including end of life care, working with people with mental health conditions, and working with people with dementia.
  • Published: Nov 21 2018
  • Pages: 440
  • 229 x 167mm
  • ISBN: 9781785923920
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Press Reviews

  • Ruth Eley, Dementia Action Liverpool

    This forensically detailed book gets to the DNA of reminiscence and life review, combining reports of research studies with accounts of the application of different approaches in practice. It will be particularly useful for scholars and practitioners interested in the theory of reminiscence, drawing as it does on studies concerning the rationale and benefits of making sense of our lives, linking past to present and reconciling previous experiences.
  • Professor Bruce A. Stevens, Charles Sturt University, Australia and author of the Storied Self

    Read this book. The multiple perspectives are inviting, relevant, comprehensive, insightful, needed, scholarly and yet personal.
  • Journal of Practice Teaching & Learning
    This book will be invaluable, for its theoretical underpinnings as well as personal stories and practice-based guidance. However, the book's overarching focus on the stories that we all tell to ourselves and others about past, present and future throughout our lives means that it may well also appeal to a wider readership than more traditionally narrow interpretations of 'reminiscence' or 'life story work' might suggest.