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The Little Words That Grew: A Guide to Using Proverbs in the Therapeutic Process

Gary Beaulieu

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ISBN 10: 1882883373 / ISBN 13: 9781882883370
Published by Idyll Arbor, 1998
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Title: The Little Words That Grew: A Guide to Using...

Publisher: Idyll Arbor

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Good

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Proverbs are the distilled wisdom of our culture. Forged by the character of the land in which they are born, they carry truths that have been learned from one generation to the next. With their rich imagery and insightful analogies, they convey ideas in a few words that might otherwise take hours to explain. The proverbs in this book are arranged by behaviors and goals (e.g., addiction, bigotry, motivation, parent-child relationships). If you are puzzled about what to say to a client or group, open the book and see if there is a proverb to help you handle the situation better.

''The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way you use them.'' The benefits of using proverbs in the therapeutic process are twofold. First, the richness of a proverb allows a client to fill in the blanks, to make his/her own interpretation. Second, proverbs allow a therapist to make a very pointed comment without activating the client's defenses. Proverbs are a package that must be unwrapped or a mystery to solve. They engage the client by letting him look at the problem from a fresh perspective.

About the Author:

Gary Beaulieu is a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor and clinical supervisor. He presently holds a seat on the Connecticut Certification Board for Substance Abuse Counselors and Prevention Professionals where he is an active member of the clinical supervision committee. In his fourteen plus years in behavioral health, he has had a wide range of experiences as a clinician, supervisor, trainer and consultant.

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