The Bubble Girl Tattoo: Exploring Metaphorical Meaning Through Tattoos

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In S. E. Stewart-Spencer, & C. J. Dean, (Eds.), Metaphors and therapy: Enhancing clinical supervision and education. Baton Rouge, LA: Independent Therapy Ink, LLC.

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Grasping abstract concepts embedded in mental health training can be challenging! Students, trainees and supervisees often feel frustrated with the vast ambiguity present in clinical training. This teaching guide breaks though the haze by introducing a variety of metaphors to help instructors and supervisors clearly explain the therapeutic process. From case conceptualization to the importance of self-care, each metaphor opens a creative path for exploring foundational concepts.

Each chapter provides the metaphor, key points for metaphor conceptualization, modifications and sample questions for group supervision, ethical and cultural considerations, potential roadblocks and additional applications of the metaphor. This resource benefits professionals at all levels of training that want to strike the match on professional growth! -- from website