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Counselling Young People

Counselling Young People
A Practitioner Manual

November 2017 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This groundbreaking book takes a humanistic approach to counselling young people, establishing humanistic counselling as an evidence-based psychological intervention.

Chapters cover:

  • Therapeutic models for counselling young people
  • Assessment and the therapeutic relationship
  • Practical skills and strategies for counselling young people
  • Ethical and legal issues
  • Research and measuring and evaluating outcomes
  • Counselling young people in a range of contexts and settings.

Grounded in the BACP’s competencies for working with young people, this text is vital reading for those taking a counselling young people course or broader counselling and psychotherapy course, for qualified counsellors working with this client group, and for trainers.

Part 1: The Development of the Young Person
1. Understanding Young People and their Development
Part 2: Counselling Young People: Theory and Practice
2. Therapeutic Models for Counselling Young People
3. Assessment with Young People
4. The Therapeutic Relationship
5. Working with Emotions
6. Using Creative and Symbolic Interventions
7. Working with Groups
Part 3: Counselling Young People: Professional and Practice Issues
8. Engaging Young People and their Families
9. Evaluation and use of Measures in Counselling Young People
10. Ethical and Legal Issues
11. Risk and Safeguarding
12. Working with Other Agencies
13. Supervision
14. Developing Culturally Competent Practice
Part 4: Counselling Young People: Contexts and Settings
15. Educational Settings
16. Voluntary/Third-sector Settings

Students and lecturers have been waiting for a text like this which is thorough and thoughtfully put together. It synthesises theory and practice in way that is readable and applicable to CYP counselling work in the real world.

Edith Bell
Director of Counselling, Familyworks

I welcome this important new guide for practitioners, which builds on the BACP’s Competences for humanistic counselling with young people (11-18 years) (BACP, 2014) to support counsellors to develop effective, ethical and evidence-based practice with children and young people.


Dr Naomi Moller
BACP Head of Research

A comprehensive, accessible and contemporary guide to counselling practice with young people. The book addresses a range of issues that have become essential to the field, including cultural competence, the use of measures, and working across contexts and agencies.

Professor Mick Cooper
Professor of Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton

Rebecca's book is a 'must have' for all therapists working with young people. It is comprehensive and contains the answers to everything that you might wonder about when working in this field - development; theory and practice; professional and practice issues; context and settings.

Dr Margaret Robson
Senior Teaching Fellow in Counselling, Keele University

If you work therapeutically with children and young people, you need to read this book.

Peter Jenkins
Author of 'Professional Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy'

This is a really accessible read for learners and covers a range of important considerations in counselling young people. This includes development, linking theory with practice, a range of counselling contexts and considerations within the field such as safeguarding.
Really applicable to some of the modules covered on our course.

Mrs Louise Allen
Counselling Department, Riverside College Halton
July 10, 2020

Interesting and informative publication for counsellors' new to working with young people. The chapters offer in-depth information and flow in a logical and sensible way.
The important features of counselling young people are included with additional, supplementary information.

Mr Richard Carroll
Department of Counselling, Guildford College
November 22, 2017