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Transformational Reminiscence

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Transformational Reminiscence

SKU# 9780826115409

Life Story Work

Author: John A. Kunz MS, Florence Gray Soltys MSW, ACSW, LCSW


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[A]s recently as fifty years ago people believed that reminiscing was a sign of senility....Today, along with a greater understanding of the significance of reminiscence we have seen the rising popularity of private memoirs in various forms, from oral histories by universities to audio and videotapes for family archives. John A. Kunz and Florence Gray Soltys have made a major contribution to the field by providing a framework for individuals and groups engaged in this enriching and important work."
--Robert N. Butler, MD

Finally, a book that takes a "big picture" look at the complexities of using life story work with older adults. Using the life story matrix as a framework, the authors and their contributors cover the complexities of reminiscence and life review, techniques and advice for making a personal story public, and the delicate balance of when to focus on content and when the process of telling one's life story can be therapeutic or destructive.

Transformational Reminiscence teaches the reader how to use the full spectrum of life story approaches to enhance quality of life for older adults, ameliorate social and psychological problems, and intervene if they occur. Practical applications, anecdotes, exercises that help clarify the experiential side of the content, and helpful suggestions enhance each chapter and ensure a safe and ethical application of this technique. This book is a must read for anyone who uses a life story approach in his or her work with older adults or is teaching or supervising others in doing so.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date April 23, 2007
  • Page Count 248
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826115409
  • EISBN 9780826101051

Table of Contents 

  1. The Life Story Matrix, John A. Kunz

  2. Section One: Reminiscence to Life Review
  3. Older Adult Development, John A. Kunz
  4. Reminiscence and Older Adults, Florence Gray Soltys and John A. Kunz
  5. The Life Review: Historical Approach, Barbara K. Haight

  6. Section Two: Private to Public
  7. Reminiscence Group Work, Florence Gray Soltys and John A. Kunz,
  8. Life Stories as Heirlooms: The Personal History Industry, Anita Hecht and Mary O'Brien Tyrrell
  9. When Words Are Not Enough: Art-Based Methods of Reminiscence, Renya Larson and Susan Perlstein

  10. Section Three: Content versus Process
  11. Cultural Aspects of Reminiscence and Life Review, Daniel W.L. Lai
  12. Mental Health Applications of Reminiscence and Life Review, John A. Kunz
  13. Traumatic Memories and Life Review: Individual and Group Approaches, Marvin Westwood and Holly B. McLean
  14. Reminiscence, Grief, Loss and End of Life, Florence Gray Soltys

  15. Index