Children are supposed to play a growing active role in the construction of meaning in their lives. They learn to speak in the dominant narrative structures of the culture in which they are raised. If this process gets disturbed, the child may be helped professionally to regain its active role and become again the author of its life stories. In this article, we present the therapeutic model of self-confrontation in which the process of self-reflection is stimulated. We present a case study in which the therapist helps an eight-year-old boy to describe events and investigate the emotions that go with them. It is shown that the child's creativity is a major element in the boy's progress to express his feelings in wording and handcrafted products.

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Journal of Social Work Practice
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van Nijnatten, C. (2007). Creating communication. Self-examination as a therapeutic method for children. Journal of Social Work Practice, 21(3), 337–346. doi:10.1080/02650530701553641