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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 ...

Purpose Fifteen: Reminiscence for Life Review
Purpose fifteen: Reminiscence for life review
Rationale

With the purpose of life review, we are very clearly in the area of psychotherapy, so practitioners in this realm will need formal and extensive training. They do need a good grasp of the major theories of personal development and of mental illness/emotional disorders. They should also have considerable experience of working in therapy groups. So, we begin this chapter with a disclaimer: you can't start from here in terms of running such groups.

Expanding on what we wrote in Part One of this book, the classic underpinning for life review therapy is one chapter, a few pages long, called ‘Eight Stages of Man’ in a book entitled Childhood and Society by the Danish-German psychoanalyst ...

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