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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 Two: Reminiscence to Encourage Informal Conversation between Staff and Clients
Purpose two: Reminiscence to encourage informal conversation between staff and clients

This purpose has many similarities to those of Purpose One. However, the purpose in reminiscence to encourage informal conversation between staff and clients is, for staff, more task-orientated. Staff members have but one chance to create a first impression, and throughout this chapter suggestions are given in order that you can make it a positive one.

Another key difference is that Purpose One is likely to be more relevant to older adults - they have more history to share. Purpose Two is a vital one for staff to achieve with clients whatever their age and disability, because we cannot be of help to people if ...

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