Therapeutic Storywriting

Waters, T

2004 David Fulton, London

A Practical Guide to Developing Emotional Literacy in Primary Schools. This text provides a clear theoretical rationale for therapeutic storywriting.


Attachment Behaviour and the Schoolchild 

Barrett and Trevitt

1991 Routledge, London

This is one of the first books to look at attachment in the classroom and an excellent introduction to the topic. I find the diagrams particularly helpful when introducing attachment theory to professionals for the first time. (TW)

The Uses of Enchantment 

Bettelheim, B

1991 Penguin Books, London

This book was my bible when I first started working in a therapeutic community school for excluded boys (many years/decades ago now!). 

After being freed from a Nazi concentration camp Bettelheim devoted himself to supporting traumatised children. An inspiration! (TW)

Inside I’m Hurting 

Bomber, L

2007 Worth, London

A Secure Base 

Bowlby, J

1997 Routledge, London

The Impact of Parental Involvement: Parental Support and Family Education on Pupil Achievement and Adjustment: A Literature Review 

Desforges & Abouchaar

2003 DfES publications, Nottingham

Attachment in the Classroom 

Geddes, H

2005 Worth, London

Families at Risk Review, Reaching Out: Think Family 

Social Exclusion Task Force

2007 The Cabinet Office, London

Evaluation report: Writing Stories with Feeling 

Waters, T

2004a SERSEN, Kingston upon Thames

Story Links Programme Evaluation: The impact of a parent partnership intervention that uses therapeutic storywriting to support pupils at risk of exclusion 

Waters, T

2009 Centre for Therapeutic Storywriting

Playing and Reality 

Winnicott, D

1999 London: Routledge

And some others…

Uvnas-Moberg, K. (2003) The Oxytocin Factor: Tapping the Hormone of Calm, Love and Healing

Sue Gerhardt. (2004) Why Love Matters: how affection shapes a babies brain

Bowen, B. & Robinson G. (eds) (1999) Therapeutic Stories, AFT

Davou, B. & Xenakis, F. (eds) (1998) Feeling, Communicating
and Thinking, Papazissis

DfES (2004) Removing Barriers to Achievement: The Government’s
strategy for SEN

DfES Publications
Dwivedi, K. (1997) The Therapeutic Use of Stories, Routledge

Gardner, H. (1993) Frames of Mind, Fontana Press

Lacher, D., Nichols, T. & May, J. (2005) Connecting with Kids
through Stories, Jessica Kingsley

Leming, E (2000) Working with Parents, SHA Publications

Salans, M. (2004) Storytelling with Children in Crisis, Jessica

Waller and Waller (1998) Linking Home and School – Partnership
in Practice in Primary Education, David Fulton


British Journal of Support for Learning

Educational Therapy and Therapeutic Teaching