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‘I was impressed with the accessibility of the book, offering a guided tour through the history, context and purposes of reminiscence therapy, the range of applications from promoting social and emotional stimulation to reminiscence as psychotherapy. It also provides a brief overview of its theoretical underpinnings… As a book for health professionals interested in reminiscence work, it is a must for the shelf… most importantly it emphasizes the need for adequate training and supervision for those undertaking this type of work… the authors [also] provide a very good working guide to the assessment process’ - Aging and Health

In this practical and accessible book, leading exponents of reminiscence work describe the purposes and techniques of reminiscence and set out detailed guidelines on how to implement and ...

Reminiscence as Psychotherapy
Reminiscence as psychotherapy

In this section we shall look briefly at using reminiscence as a type of psychotherapy: ‘reminiscence therapy’. We shall describe a few studies and then give our reasons for thinking that this kind of work is misguided, because it does not specify how reminiscing relates to the solving of the problems. It fails to explain the link between the process (reminiscing) and the desired outcome (lessened distress or whatever the problem was). In short, there is a lack of clarity as to how the purpose is to be fulfilled.

So far in this book we have been examining purposes for which no formal training is required. In considering reminiscence as therapy or used for life review, training in counselling or psychotherapy ...

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