Occupational Therapy for Child and Adolescent Mental Health by Lesley Lougher BscSoc DipCOT

By Lesley Lougher BscSoc DipCOT

Sufferers with psychological future health matters who're now not taken care of through really expert occupational treatment devices needs to paintings with therapists who've an knowing of psychological sickness and the way it could actually impact remedy. This textbook offers occupational therapists with a theoretical framework for operating with consumers with psychological illnesses. This particularly contains childrens and youth. Key thoughts are associated on to scientific program, making this an excellent resource for college kids and practitioners.

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Part V, entitled “Television,” positions the reader in front of the small screen for a discussion of the therapeutic role of several popular TV shows. Chapter 12, by Lawrence C. Rubin, entitled “Big Heroes on the Small Screen: Naruto and the Struggle Within,” demonstrates the effectiveness of bringing anime into the therapeutic playroom for children and teens coping with anger and disruptive family circumstances. Chapter 13, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia: The Use and Impact of Television Themes, Characters, and Images in Psychotherapy,” by Loretta Gallo-Lopez, explores the case of a 6-year-old cancer patient within the context of her identification with fictional television icon Marcia Brady of the Brady Bunch.

These characters express thoughts, feelings, and ideas that resonate within the client, although he may not be Metaphors, Analogies, and Myths, Oh My! 11 able to articulate this connection. As in real life, the answers don’t come easily and the protagonist often struggles to overcome the challenge or problem and find answers. The other characters can help when needed, but the main character is the leader who makes decisions. The story typically ends with the main character talking about what he went through and what he learned.

He may represent fear of the unknown, uncertainty, doing the right thing in the face of fear, false bravado, or defense mechanisms. As the characters venture closer to danger, they travel through the Haunted Forest. In the view of psychoanalytic symbolism, forests represent “the place in which inner darkness is confronted and worked through; where uncertainty is resolved about who one is; and where one begins to understand who one wants to be” (Bettelheim, 1976, p. 93). I tend to view the movie as a metaphor of the human condition.

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