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Counselling Children

Counselling Children
A Practical Introduction

Sixth Edition (Updated Edition)

September 2024 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The definitive guide to the skills, techniques, and concepts used when working with children experiencing emotional challenges. It covers all you need to know about:

·         The child-counsellor relationship

·         Practice frameworks for working effectively

·         Play therapy and the use of different media and activities

·         Building self-esteem and social skills through the use of worksheets

·         The concepts of wellbeing and resilience.

New to this edition:

·         Technology: its influence on children and ways it can be used in counselling

·         Counselling in a post-pandemic world and the role of remote counselling and ‘telehealth’ 

·         More discussion of issues of diversity, difference, intersectionality, implicit bias, and an inclusive practice

·         Updated case studies to affirm diversity and represent wider populace

·         Expanded and updated end of chapter further resources

·         Updated conclusion (with reflections on the pandemic)

·         Greater focus on inclusive practice and how SPICC model can be applied across various social/cultural groups.

Online resources include digital picture books, worksheets and a list of further reading to support your professional practice and help you extend your learning.

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

Part 1: Counselling Children
Chapter 1: Goals for Counselling Children
Chapter 2: The Child–Counsellor Relationship
Chapter 3: Ethical Considerations when Counselling Children
Chapter 4: Attributes of a Counsellor for Children
Part 2: Practice Frameworks
Chapter 5: Historical Background and Contemporary Ideas about Counselling Children
Chapter 6: The Process of Child Therapy
Chapter 7: The Child’s Internal Processes of Therapeutic Change
Chapter 8: Sequentially Planned Integrative Counselling for Children (the SPICC model)
Chapter 9: Counselling Children in the Context of Family Therapy
Chapter 10: Counselling Children in Groups
Chapter 11: Counselling Children in a postpandemic world
Part 3: Child Counselling Skills
Chapter 12: Observation
Chapter 13: Active Listening
Chapter 14: Helping the Child to tell their Story and Express Emotions
Chapter 15: Understanding Resistance and Transference
Chapter 16: Understanding Self-Concept and Unhelpful Beliefs
Chapter 17: Actively Facilitating Change
Chapter 18: Termination of Counselling
Chapter 19: Skills for Counselling Children in Groups
Part 4: Play Therapy – Use of Media and Activities
Chapter 20: The Play Therapy Room
Chapter 21: The Evidence-Base for Play Therapy and Counselling Children
Chapter 22: Selecting the Appropriate Media or Activity
Chapter 23: The Use of Miniature Animals
Chapter 24: Sand-Tray Work
Chapter 25: Working with Clay
Chapter 26: Drawing, Painting, Collage and Construction
Chapter 27: The Imaginary Journey
Chapter 28: Books and Stories
Chapter 29: Puppets and Soft Toys
Chapter 30: Imaginative Pretend Play
Chapter 31: Games
Chapter 32: Technology
Part 5: The Use of Worksheets
Chapter 33: Building Self-Esteem
Chapter 34: Supporting Social Skills
Chapter 35: Education in Protective Behaviours
Part 6: In Conclusion (and worksheets)

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