‘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 conduct a wide range of reminiscence activities with different types of client.

Highlighting its tremendous diversity and potential - and its special ability to allow people of all ages and abilities to communicate deeply about their lives - the authors separate out the different aims of reminiscence, which include intellectual or social stimulation, allowing people to leave behind them a cultural legacy, or a means of intergenerational communication. They show clearly how each can be directly beneficial either to clients or their carers, or for improving the culture of the arena in which the activity is being carried out.

Purpose Eighteen: Reminiscence to Train Staff in Groupwork or to Improve Staff Groupwork Skills

Purpose Eighteen: Reminiscence to Train Staff in Groupwork or to Improve Staff Groupwork Skills

Purpose eighteen: Reminiscence to train staff in groupwork or to improve staff groupwork skills


Groupwork aims to provide a framework in which individuals can improve their personal or communal situation. So groupwork is much more than ‘just talking to people’. It can be a support toot a healing agent. In the main, a grounding in groupwork has been a small part of social worker, psychiatric nurse and clinical psycholOgist training. Rarely is it seen to stand on its own merits and those who control finances are often reluctant to release staff on a course that is either seen as a distinct specialism or a somewhat obscure unnecessary ‘extra’.

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