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Coaching Parents in Storytelling Missoula MT

There are parents, siblings, teachers, and friends. There are also characters who are dealing with the same situations they are. In this way, stories help children know they are not alone in their problems. They also let them see someone else handle the issue. Once exposed to how a storybook character masters a difficult situation, children are often inspired to tackle their own problems.

Ms. Paula Moyes
SAIC
(406) 721-6253
300 West Broadway Sutie 4
Missoula, MT
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, ACSW, CAC
Licensed in Illinois
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Behavioral Problems, Family Dysfunction, Anger Management
Populations Served
Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17)

Data Provided by:
Mr. James W. Ramsey, MFT, LCPC
(406) 251-7073
2870 Saint Michael Dr.
Missoula, MT
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Child or Adolescent Issues,Depression,Divorce,Life Coaching,Loss or Grief,Parenting,Relationship Issues
Gender
Male
Education
San Diego State University BAYear Graduated 1967Fuller Graduate School MA, M. Div.Year Graduated: 1971
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Aletheia Counseling Service

Ms. Ellen Savage Cole
Amalia PC
(496) 262-4242
325 10th Street
Havre, MT
Credentials
Credentials: LCPC
Licensed in Montana
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Disorders, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Di
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Transgendered, Step Families, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Rebecca Oss
(406) 594-9926
7 W. 6th Ave., 2C
Helena, MT
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Montana
14 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues, Runaways, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, Gifted, Diabetes
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Joseph Cassidy
Billings, MT
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Sherilyn Knight-Rossiter
(406) 544-6182
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Kimery Jo
(406) 542-7027
3700 S Russell St Ste 120
Missoula, MT

Data Provided by:
Ms. Paula Moyes
SAIC
(406) 721-6253
300 West Broadway Sutie 4
Missoula, MT
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, ACSW, CAC
Licensed in Illinois
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Behavioral Problems, Family Dysfunction, Anger Management
Populations Served
Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Doris Heffner
Dodie Heffner
(406) 449-4800
516 Fuller Avenue, Suite 1
Helena, MT
Credentials
Credentials: L.C.S.W.
Licensed in Montana
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Child Abuse and Neglect, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues, Attachment Disorders
Populations Served
Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12)

Data Provided by:
Kathe Randle
(406) 883-3058
Polson, MT
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
Master Addictions Counselor, National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
ASL : American Sign Language, French

Data Provided by:

Coaching Parents in Storytelling

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Parent & Child

Coaching Parents in Storytelling
By Caron B. Goode 
Email kygardner@verizon.net
Mar 23, 2006, 21:49
   

Stories take us to magical places. They take us outside the realm of our reality and immerse us in a world of possibilities. These possibilities make storytelling an excellent tool for helping children meet the challenges of everyday living. Many children find it hard to discuss their problems. They may feel embarrassed, guilty or shy. Stories offer them a safe place to explore and identify their emotions. When children hear or read stories they become part of another world. It is a world similar to the one in which they live. There are parents, siblings, teachers, and friends. There are also characters who are dealing with the same situations they are. In this way, stories help children know they are not alone in their problems. They also let them see someone else handle the issue. Once exposed to how a storybook character masters a difficult situation, children are often inspired to tackle their own problems.

Storytelling Tips

What's the problem? Before choosing a story to read or tell parents first need to pinpoint the problem. This can be difficult if your child is hesitant to share. Think back to the recent past. Has anything changed? Did you move? Did your child change schools or classrooms? Have you noticed that your child is not talking about or playing with the same children as before? Is your child having a hard time grasping a particular subject? Has your toddler developed a fear of the dark? Any change in routine, fear or new challenge may cause problems for your child.

Look for the book. Once parents identify the problem, they need to find a book that addresses it. Look for stories that are age appropriate and will appeal to your child. Your local librarian can help with this. Another resource is Books to Grow With - A Guide to Using the Best Children s Fiction for Everyday Issues and Tough Challenges. This reference book, written by Cheryl Coon, offers parents reading suggestions on over one hundred topics. From toilet training to starting school to death, there is a book written about it.

Accentuate the positive. Make sure that the story you choose has a positive message and positive values. The story is your tool. It is what will help you give your child the confidence to succeed. By seeing a character overcome a tough situation, the child gets the message it is possible. That he can do it too.

Choose a good time and place. Choosing when and where you share stories with your child can be as important as the story itself. Children will not benefit fully from the message if they are not focused. Pick a comfortable place with no noise or distractions. Choose a time when your child is more centered and less restless. If you have a young child, hold him close or on your lap so that there will be a connection. Also, if you are reading to more th...

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