Sleep Monsters and Superheroes: Empowering Children through Creative Dreamplay
Sleep Monsters and Superheroes: Empowering Children through Creative Dreamplay
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Sleep Monsters and Superheroes: Empowering Children through Creative Dreamplay

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Author: Johnson, Clare R.

Brand: Praeger

Binding: Hardcover

Number Of Pages: 265

Release Date: 26-09-2016

Details: Product Description World-renowned contributors across several disciplines reveal how dreams can aid and empower children in daily life. Children can feel powerless in waking life, a fact that is often reflected in their dreams. This book shows how to take an active role in guiding children's dreams to help grow their confidence and improve their coping skills for real-life difficulties. Contributors from across various fields provide simple techniques to help children utilize dreamwork as a conduit for creative discovery and empowerment. Each chapter includes case studies and methods for working in practical ways with children, explaining what may trigger nightmares for children and how "monster" dreams can be guided to become "superhero" dreams. Essays encompass a spectrum of children's dreams with experts discussing dreams of trauma, dreams as a reflection of emotional and physical development, dreaming in the community, spiritual or religious dreams, lucid dreams, dreams during wartime, and dreams of death, among others. Throughout the work, the narrative discusses the use of dreams as teaching aids for use in art therapy, storytelling, and self-empowerment. Addresses how video games and today's news media can affect children's sleep/dreams and how trauma can trigger PTSD-like nightmares Details how children's dreams reflect their emotional and physical development Includes vignettes/case studies of children's nightmares from countries around the world, including a heavily war-torn country Explains what may trigger nightmares for children and how "monster" dreams can be guided to become "superhero" dreams Describes how children can interact with dreams by becoming lucid and by engaging in creative dreamplay Review "The approach of the discussion surrounding therapies is always open-minded and non-judgmental. The writings are researched and documented well; these will be useful for parents, child caregivers, educators, and practitioners in child therapy. . . . This text is a highly recommended addition to collections in dream studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals." - Choice "Give[s] practical advice on how to record dreams as well as ways to use these records to solve problems or work through questions." - The Floyd Press Review "What a delightful book these IASD authors have created. It is not only an insightful trip into the impact your own childhood dreams may have had on your life, but a very important guide to help parents and adults to work with children's dreams and nightmares. Something every parent should read." (Bob Hoss, Director and past President, IASD) "A compelling and readable book that captures the innocence, creativity, and universality of children's dreams, their vulnerability to nocturnal monsters, and cataclysms and capacity for creative and spiritual inspiration. Unique for its ingenious application of dreamwork to challenging childhood situations, such as trauma, grief, and illness, and to sleep and dream disorders, this book demonstrates many innovative therapeutic and educational benefits of understanding and working with children's dreams. It will be a source of guidance, insight, and solace for parents, teachers, mental health and health professionals, clergy, and to anyone interested in the creativity and resilience of the human spirit." (Alan Siegel, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor, University of California Berkeley, Past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and author of Dream Wisdom: Uncovering Life's Answers in Your Dreams) "Many children must face nightmares and learn about dreams on their own as I did. With this captivating and comprehensive book, talented dream experts have created a detailed guide designed to enhance the inner and outer worlds of the young and old alike. If I'd had access to this practical advice, I might have begun my lucid life at an even

Package Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches

Languages: English