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Therapy with Children and Young People

Therapy with Children and Young People
Integrative Counselling in Schools and other Settings

December 2013 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Therapy with Children and Young People addresses the practice of child therapy in school settings in a unique level of detail. The authors adopt a broad ecosystematic, integrative approach that considers the influence of family, school and the wider community, placing emphasis on significant development and attachment issues.

As well as providing a solid ground in developmental theory, the authors explore the contextual and professional issues of working in a school setting. A wide range of activities and exercises (including using the creative arts to engage with young people through play, story, metaphor and imagery) help you to apply theory to practice in a new way. Challenging ethical dilemmas, such as sharing sensitive information and communicating with parents and teachers, are explored with the support of lively case studies.

Covering therapy with children from infant to secondary school, this book will be your essential resource if you wish to work therapeutically in schools.

Introduction - Colleen McLaughlin
The Child, The School, Counselling and Psychotherapy - Colleen McLaughlin
Infancy: The foundations of learning and relating - Julia Buckroyd
Pre-school and the Early Years - Fiona Peacock
The Primary School Years - Clair Lewoski
Working with the Developmental Tasks of Adolescence during the Secondary School Years - Tracey Fuller
The Therapeutic Relationship: Building a working alliance with children and adolescents - Carol Holliday
The Therapeutic Relationship: Conditions and processes - Carol Holliday
Working with Thinking, Feeling and the Importance of the Body - Carol Holliday
Creative Therapeutic Interventions - Carol Holliday
Intervening to Work with Other Relationships - Fiona Peacock
Professional and Ethical issues in the Beginning and Ongoing Phases of Therapy in Schools - Tracey Fuller
‘Just because we can’t talk about the sessions, doesn’t mean we can’t talk’: Professional and Ethical Issues in the On-going and Ending Phases of Therapy - Eileen Armstrong
Psychotherapeutic Counselling in a Multi-Disciplinary Multi-Agency Environment - Fiona Peacock

Drawing together the latest research, and filled with clear practice examples, this book is an excellent resource for counsellors and therapists in schools, as well as those who supervise and co-ordinate this work. Richly informed by theory and practice, the authors have also produced a readable, engaging and accessible text which will prove valuable to everyone involved in this area of therapy.  





Seamus Prior
Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Edinburgh

This book is a must-read for counselors and psychotherapists who work with children and young people. Colleen McLaughlin and Carol Holliday, also drawing on the expertise of other renowned practitioners in the field, have provided a comprehensive and engaging guide which will help all of us who work in this field to better find our way through the joys, challenges and complexities of working therapeutically with children and young people within multi-disciplinary contexts. This applies particularly to counselling in schools, but I would recommend this book to those who work therapeutically with children or young people in any setting. The ecological approach the authors propose valuably locates the therapist’s role within the wider picture around the child or young person, advocating wider involvement in this as a support for therapeutic work, while working through the professional issues arising.


This enlightened approach, informed by extensive practice and training experience, is further bolstered by the use of a relational and integrative framework for making sense of the unique

needs of each child or young person we might come into contact with, as well as lots of relevant and practical ideas to deepen and enliven therapy sessions. Practitioners will also find the detailed exploration of developmental stages and their implications for meeting the child or young person ‘where they are’ very useful, as well as the carefully considered discussions on ethical and professional aspects of their work. There is also a valuable section dedicated to working in schools, reflecting the importance of this setting as a base for the provision of counseling and psychotherapy for children and young people.


All of the themes discussed are supported across the book by well informed and presented use of relevant information, recent research and pertinent theory, as well as numerous composite case vignettes which bring the ideas and insights presented to life. This is the book many of us working in this field as practitioners and trainers have been waiting for, as it draws together the many strands which run through therapeutic work with children and young people to produce a vibrant collage of clinical, practical and creative elements which will stimulate thinking and support best practice. This book also provides an excellent introduction for those new to this area, or those training to work therapeutically in it. Colleen McLaughlin and Carol Holliday have more than done justice to the importance of providing high quality therapeutic interventions for our children and young people. Very strongy recommended.


Dr. Phil Goss
Senior Lecturer Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Central Lancashire

a great insight to counselling children.

Miss nicola lord
department of health, preston collage
September 16, 2015

Thoroughly informative read with considered and organised approach to the unique field of counselling young people

Ms Catherine J Drewer
Learning for Life, Southend Adult Community College
September 25, 2015

An excellent overview, particularly helpful for trainee therapists in school placements. Well written, clearly structured, accessible and informative.

Ms Lucy Dixon
AVA Training, Against Violence & Abuse (AVA)
June 15, 2015

Miss Katherine Austin
School of Applied Social Sciences, University Campus Suffolk
April 28, 2015

This is a great, practical book that is very user-friendly.

Dr Bonnie Meekums
School of Healthcare, Leeds University
December 16, 2014

This is a really useful text book as it covers so much. I intended to flick through it when I received it and quickly got hooked and ended up reading for hours.

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

The book is interesting and easy to understand, it would be better when equipped with illustrations

Miss Maria Suprapto
Psychology, Pelita Harapan University
October 22, 2014

An essential read for every Play Therapist or Counsellor and Psychotherapist working with Children and Adolescents. Post Graduate students would also find this text extremely beneficial for their clinical placement hours.

Mrs Gisela Oates
Gisela Oates Faculty Office, PCI College
September 17, 2014

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