Through the creative construction of ‘nightmare shields’, anxiety-ridden children will have opportunity to gain confidence in facing fears and build tools for assertiveness. With the use of narrative therapeutic techniques, children may rewrite difficult parts of their stories while transitioning from a vulnerable identity to an empowered one.

Nightmare shields are stories developed by child participants to explore their fears and anxieties in a safe and fun way. By becoming the heroes and heroines of their own stories, a sense of healthy power may be gained.