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Counselling and Supporting Children and Young People

Counselling and Supporting Children and Young People
A Person-centred Approach

  • Mark Prever - Lead Professional, Every Child Matters, Yardleys School, Birmingham

March 2010 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Counselling and Supporting Children and Young People is the ideal introduction to counselling and supporting children and young people. Taking a person-centered approach, Mark Prever offers readers a clear understanding of the theory and practice of working with children and young people in difficulty – whether in a therapeutic, school or social work setting. This practical text:

  • specifically addresses both the counsellor and the 'helper', who may be unfamiliar with counselling jargon
  • contains exercises, points for further thought and discussion, and boxed notes throughout, highlighting exactly how the theory applies to the child or young person
  • discusses ethics, the current political agenda and evidence-based practice

This book is a must-read for trainees and professionals working with children and young people in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy, education, mental health, nursing, youth work and social work.

Why Working with Children and Young People in a Person-Centred Way Is Different
The Person-Centred Approach: Theoretical Framework
Historical, National, Ethical and Legal Issues in Working with Children and Young People
Measuring Outcomes
Why Young People Become Unhappy: The Person-Centred Approach in Context
The Importance of the Relationship
Working with Feelings and Emotions
Unconditional Positive Regard
Working Creatively
Developing Person-Centred Skills, Attitudes and Qualities
Key Questions about Working with Children and Young People
Training, Supervision and Well-Being

"Mark Prever writes with considerable passion. He is passionately committed to the person-centred approach and all that is has to offer the worlds of education and counselling. He is also passionately concerned with the well-being of children and young people and the alleviation of their suffering. His book is permeated by this dual commitment. It is scholarly without ever becoming arid; it is enlivened by numerous case studies which demonstrate the breadth and depth of his experience; it is encouraging for all those already engaged in work with young people and for many it will be a source of inspiration when the going gets rough and problems seem intractable." - Brian Thorne, Emeritus Professor of Counselling, University of East Anglia, Norwich and Co-founder of The Norwich Centre


"…both interesting and stimulating…it was enriching to see the Person Centred Approach in the context of working with children and young people. This book would be an excellent aid for both student counsellors and a very valuable reminder to experienced practitioners of the core principles and values of the approach. It illuminates for the reader the importance of the relationship between therapist and client within the Person Centred Approach." - Carmel Mullan-Hartley, Person Centred Counsellor, Supervisor and Trainer, Open Door Youth Counselling

An interesting book which is clearly set out in a way which will be helpful for students

Mrs Claire Carkin
Healthcare, Nursing & Social Work, City College Norwich
September 9, 2019

This is good supplemental reading for our Foundation course as there are key elements including non judgmental listening skills which are part of the project based work which is core to this unit.

Mr Mick Chesterman
Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
August 10, 2016

to gain insight into children's counselling

Miss nicola lord
department of health, preston collage
October 20, 2015

A very person-centred book about person-centred support for children and young people.
Very user-friendly and written in an engaging manner. Loved it.

Mrs Angela Hodgkins
Institute Of Education, Worcester University
October 28, 2014

This is a recommended text for any of our students wanting to pursue a career in counselling or youth work. Very clear and easy to read - nice resource.

Miss Tracy Robson
Community Studies, Truro College
October 23, 2014

too specific on counseling to be of use more generally to my youth work students

Dr Laura Green
School of Education, Bath Spa University
April 14, 2014

An essential text for the Children and Young People Foundation Degree. Explorative of key areas of supporting children through difficult transitions. My students loved this text!

Mrs Laura Cochrane
Health and Care, Middlesbrough College
April 9, 2014

An excellent book that addresses the basics for anyone working in a helping profession. The differentiated guidance given a) for counsellors and b) for helpers was extremely useful

Mrs Maxine Pountney
Education (Charles Street), Sheffield Hallam University
November 19, 2013

A good additional text

Mrs Rebecca Southall
Counselling Training, GB Prohealth Ltd
August 5, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two

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