Interactive Guided Imagerysm with Children
David Bresler, PhD, Ramela McKenna, PhD,MD, Richard
Berrett, PhD, Charlotte Reznick, PHD
CE Credit: 6.5
imagery in working with children is a rich and natural
Children are instinctively drawn to cartoons, comic books,
and story telling. They love to draw and paint, and to role
play mother, father, sister and/or brother independent of
Childhood is a time of growth, learning, and modeling. It
is also a time where the risks of traumatic learning are
As children become exposed to the myriad of feelings and
issues that accompany the sorrows surrounding the death of
a pet or grandparent, the rage of family violence, the
embarrassment of being caught in a lie or stealing, and the
endless stream of assaults upon their self esteem, powerful
images can become imprinted into the mind that continue to
effect them throughout their adult life.
All children must deal with pain and stress, but they are
rarely trained how to do so. Since they typically have had
little prior life experience and thus only a primitive
understanding of the processes involved, kids tend to be
highly susceptible to feelings of helplessness and
insecurity when exposed to the demands of contemporary
This is evident when you encounter a child under the age of
six with ulcers or irritable bowel disease, and certainly
in adolescents who are wrestling with alcoholism or
Imagery can be an excellent interventional tool in working
with kids who are attempting to cope with acute or chronic
stress, pain, or medical illness, and it can also play an
essential role in helping children to deal with
developmental crises, accelerate learning, expand
creativity, and enhance self-esteem.
For this home study course, we have selected some of the
best information from our prior workshops on guided imagery
Section I begins with an overview of how using imagery with
kids is different from working with adults.
Section II discusses the applications of imagery in helping
children to deal more effectively with pain, stress, and
trauma and demonstrates how to use the Inner Advisor
technique with children.
Section III reviews the uses of imagery in a general
pediatric medical practice to help kids cope more
effectively with developmental and behavioral issues, and
to reduce anxiety associated with medical procedures.
Section IV explores the uses of Interactive Guided
Imagerysm with children and adolescents,
focusing on the 7 characteristics of developing children.
Ways to utilize imagery techniques to enhance learning,
creativity and empowerment in children are reviewed in
Section V and Section VI, reviews the applications of
Interactive guided Imagerysm in family therapy.
Finally, you will have the opportunity to either listen to
or participate in a practicum designed to help you see and
experience the world through the eyes of a child.
Besides being effective with children, the techniques can
also be extraordinarily useful with adults when working
with the "inner child," “wounded child,””adaptive
child,””natural child,” or the "child within."
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