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What they are saying about 'Still Life'

"Beg, Borrow or buy this book...a treasure trove of practical interventions."
Dr. Dale Richard Buchanan Ph.D, T.E.P, C.G.P.

"In Still Life you will meet a wise woman, mentor and friend."
Eva Leveton MS, MFT

"In this study of metamorphosis, Liz White takes us inside the chrysalis and provides us with the maps by which we navigate the mysteries of change."
William Cooke M.S.W., M.Div, Narrative Therapist

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Still Life

A Therapist's Responses to the Challenge of Change

Still Life by Liz WhiteIn this compelling new book, Liz White encounters the arc of change from the first discomfort that calls for it, through the obstacles, the letting go of the old and the tools to successfully navigate our world in a new way – ending with a call for social justice. Liz has distilled her understanding of change into a series of ten challenges – and models that illuminate them. Each chapter offers life stories, personal reflection, the model that concretizes the theory, and a workshop design that brings it to life. Still Life expands the field of individual and group sociometry, bringing new life to training and practice. It is a valuable resource on the subject of change for trainers, group facilitators, counsellors, coaches, consultants and therapists from all fields and disciplines.

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Featured Excerpts from Still Life:

PART I - AWAKENING

INTRODUCTION
FALLING LEAVES (page 8)

WORKSHOP DESIGNS
THE ARC OF CHANGE (page 9)

CHAPTER 1 - DISCOMFORT AND THE EMERGING SELF
THE FOUNDATION:  MORENO AND ROLE THEORY (page 14)

CHAPTER 2 - MOVIES THAT MOVE US
FILM AS DREAM (page 30)


PART II - "YES BUT..."  The Struggle with the Self

CHAPTER 4 - BEFRIENDING OUR DEFENCES
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IN ACTION (page 60)

CHAPTER 5 - CHANGE OR NO CHANGE
REFLECTIONS (page 90)


PART III - HOLDING ON...LETTING GO

CHAPTER 6 - "IF ONLY...": THE SEASONS OF MOURNING
ONE DAY ACTION WORKSHOP (page 108)

CHAPTER 7 - CREATIVE NEUTRALITY
REFLECTIONS ON FORGIVENESS (page 90)


PART IV - THE COURAGE TO BE AUTHENTIC

CHAPTER 9 - BELONGING AND BECOMING: THE GROUP AS MATRIX
COMING HOME: REFLECTIONS ON THE ARC OF CHANGE (page 164)


PART V - AND WHAT OF THE WORLD

CHAPTER 10 - PEACEMAKING IN A TROUBLED WORLD
OUR LONGING TO CHANGE.... (page 191)

 

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Befriending Our Defences

Workshop Handout

For facilitators: this handout will complement the workshop.

$7/copy (includes taxes), 12 copies $70 (includes taxes)

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The Action Manual

Techniques for Enlivening Group Process
and Individual Counselling

The Action Manual by Liz WhiteLiz White’s book The Action Manual combines theory and practice, understanding and action for work with individuals and groups. Foundations presents basic concepts developed by J. L. Moreno, and outlines what every group worker should know about using action techniques. Warming Up, Exploring, Working Through, Surplus Reality and Integration and Closure focus on the phases of a group. Each chapter has an introduction, ideas and exercises that inform and facilitate that phase. The techniques in each chapter include a theory box, step-by-step instructions and possible applications-the why, where, when and how of dynamic leadership.

The Action Manual will be immediately useful for:
  • Trainees in psychodrama, sociometry and/or group process
  • Life Skills coaches, counsellors and therapists working one-to-one or in groups
  • Trainers interested in adding an action-learning component to their leadership
  • Consultants working with organizational team-building and conflict resolution
  • Supervisors wanting to bring a sense of discovery and empowerment into their work

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Articles

Healing a Broken Heart: Befriending the Mourning Process

(published in Tonic Toronto, February 2012)

Despite our efforts to create a rich and orderly life, we may at some point be confronted with an un- expected loss or a shocking event that changes our life....(read more)

Giving Up or Letting Go: Who’s Really Holding On?

(published in the Bereaved Families of Ontario newsletter)

I am a woman of 78 years, in robust good health, with a full practice of psychotherapy with individuals and groups, and, recently, the author of a new book, Still Life: A Therapist’s Response to the Challenge of Change. Immersed in the landscape of change, I recognized that at my age……(read more)

Under the Bed: Healing in its Own Time

(published in the Bereaved Families of Ontario newsletter)

Our eldest son, David, died of lung cancer at the age of 37. In the eight weeks from diagnosis to death we had precious time with him and with one another, his son, his partner, his two brothers, his sister, his father and me, his mother. We were all very conscious of the range of feelings that we experienced, from anguish to tenderness and finally to relief as he breathed his last….(read more)