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Fairy Godmother Technique
Transcript of Fairy Godmother Technique
Main purpose - to help children with a negative self-concept.
Appropriate for children who express depression or anger involved with low self esteem (ages not confirmed, case studies give examples from 4-17)
- Charles E. Schaefer & Kevin J. O'Conner -
Handbook of Play Therapy: Advances and Innovations
Edwin C. Nevis -
Gestalt Therapy: Perspectives and Applications
Psychology Today's article -
We Could All Use a Fairy Godmother
Example of Stephen - Age 10
Stephen expressed feelings of anger and disgust with himself because he feels he can't do anything right, would frequently fall, and bumps into things.
- Asked to draw a person that represents that part of themselves (Mr. Klutz) - can use clay or puppet
- asked to choose fairy godmother puppet that is loving accepting and nurturing to the hateful part
Example of Stephen Continued
Encouraged fairy godmother have a dialog with Mr. Klutz.
Then repeat what the godmother says so they know how it feels.
Godmother said "At least you try things!"
- Stephen then said "That's right! I do try things.
Stephen Example Continued
Fairy Godmother would say things like "I like you even when you fall or bump into things and I'm glad that you tried."
Therapist suggested that Stephen imagine his fairy godmother sitting on his shoulder every time he does something klutzy
- Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) - choice between self-defeating negative behavior and efficient, enhancing positive behavior.
Inspired from Gestalt Therapy
- Edwin C. Nevis (a Gestalt Therapist) promoted this technique in his book Gestalt Therapy: Perspectives and Applications
- Emphasis on personal experience and their perspective
- Self Awareness + Self Acceptance
Good for younger children who may have a difficult time expressing their feelings and being aware of their emotions.
Seems to be an affective way to find out irrational, self-defeating beliefs
Kid friendly - Uses puppets, drawings, clay that I think kids would respond well to
Does not seem to have empirical research explicitly supporting this technique
Do kids know what a fairy godmother is these days?