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Alida Gersie

Alida Gersie is a London-based dramatherapist and organizational consultant. Her work with deprived individuals and communities inspired her to develop a story-based method that facilitates productive change in seemingly hopeless situations. For several decades she was Principal Lecturer in the Postgraduate Arts Therapies Department of the University of Hertfordshire. She has taught the story-based approach to planned change in many countries, and has authored and edited several books.

JKP publications by Alida Gersie

  1. Reflections on Therapeutic Storymaking

    Reflections on Therapeutic Storymaking

    The Use of Stories in Groups

    Alida Gersie

    With a strong emphasis on working in group settings, this book develops both the theory and practice of storymaking, enlivened by many examples from various cultures in which Gersie has worked. The author reflects on the dynamics of the storytelling process and explores the common experiences and attitudes which emerge in story work. Learn More
    1997, 224pp
  2. Dramatic Approaches to Brief Therapy

    Dramatic Approaches to Brief Therapy

    Edited by Alida Gersie

    Written by the directors of the world's major training programmes in dramatherapy, this book presents their approach to and theory of brief dramatherapy, which is offered in treatment settings for acute or chronic in-patient populations and out-patient or community health settings with a maintenance, rehabilitation or personal development purpose. Learn More
    1995, 320pp
  3. Storymaking in Bereavement

    Storymaking in Bereavement

    Dragons Fight in the Meadow

    Alida Gersie

    In this book the author reflects on the processes of grief and more than 50 folk tales are included. The ancient stories vividly convey mankind's struggle with death and loss, the despair and hope, with bitterness and love. The use of stories in therapy is explained, specifically bereavement counselling through storymaking. Learn More
    1992, 336pp
  4. Storymaking in Education and Therapy

    Storymaking in Education and Therapy

    Alida Gersie and Nancy King

    This book contains myths and tales from all over the world which are grouped around seven themes. The authors suggest ways in which these myths and tales can be used to develop our imagination's unique voice through educational and therapeutic encounter, and how this expression can be communicated to others who are engaged in the same task. Learn More
    1989, 416pp