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Counselling Children

Counselling Children
A Practical Introduction

Fifth Edition

© 2018 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The definitive guide to the skills and techniques used when working with children experiencing emotional problems, this book covers all you need to know about, including: 

  • The goals for counseling children and the child-counselor relationship
  • Practice frameworks for working effectively with children
  • Play therapy and the use of different media and activities
  • Building self-esteem and social skills through the use of worksheets

The new Fifth Edition has been updated to include:

  • A new chapter on technology (its influence on children and ways that technology can be used during counseling)
  • New content on issues of diversity and difference in counseling children
  • The different contexts in which counseling children occur
  • Discussion of concepts of well-being and resilience
  • Updated references and research

The book is supported by a new Companion Website that provides training materials and handouts on a range of skills for counseling children including: helping the child to tell their story and tray work, the use of miniature animals, the use of clay, and helping the child to change thoughts and behavior.

This highly practical guide is vital reading for counselors, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, and teachers working or training to work with children.

Introduction to the fifth edition
Part 1 Counselling Children
1. Goals for counselling children
2. The child-counsellor relationship
3. Ethical considerations when counselling children
4. Attributes of a counsellor for children
Part 2 Practice Frameworks
5. Historical background and contemporary ideas about counselling children
6. The process of child therapy
7. The child’s internal processes of therapeutic change
8. Sequentially Planned Integrative Counselling for Children (the SPICC model)
9. Counselling children in the context of family therapy
10. Counselling children in groups
Part 3 Child Counselling Skills
11. Observation
12. Active listening
13. Helping the child to tell their story and get in touch with strong emotions
14. Dealing with resistance and transference
15. Dealing with self-concept and self-destructive beliefs
16. Actively facilitating change
17. Termination of counselling
18. Skills for counselling children in groups
Part 4 Play Therapy – Use of Media and Activities
19. The play therapy room
20. The evidence-base for play therapy and counselling children
21. Selecting the appropriate media or activity
22. The use of miniature animals
23. Sand-tray work
24. Working with clay
25. Drawing, painting, collage and construction
26. The imaginary journey
27. Books and stories
28. Puppets and soft toys
29. Imaginative pretend play
30. Games
31. Technology
Part 5 The Use of Worksheets
32. Building self-esteem
33. Social skills training
34. Education in protective behaviours
Part 6 In Conclusion

This book is incredible. Easy to use and understand.

Miss Cindee Bruyns
Social Work, University of Cape Town
December 14, 2017

The title says it all, really - it is indeed 'a practical introduction'. Well written, well founded in theory. Adding the online resources is a welcome bonus.

Cathy Lasher, Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, Nottingham

Ms cathy lasher
Counselling and Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute
November 30, 2017

An extremely accessible guide for students of counselling who wish to specialise in their practice

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
September 12, 2017

Sample Materials & Chapters

1. Goals for counselling children

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