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Person-Centred Therapy with Children and Young People

Person-Centred Therapy with Children and Young People

February 2013 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This engaging new book presents a 'child-centred' model of therapy that is thoroughly person-centred in its values. Establishing the roots of child-centred therapy in both child development theories and the Rogerian model, David Smyth demonstrates that counselling the person-centred way is exceptionally relevant to young people.

The book further develops child-centred therapy theory and practice, applying the model to real-life practice with children and young people, whether in play, school, organisations or with special needs groups. It also explores the complex professional issues so critical with this age group, including challenging boundaries, establishing an effective relationship with parents and other primary carers, legal and ethical considerations, and multi-professional practice.

The author's warm, accessible style conveys his passionate conviction that the person-centred approach can provide a strong foundation for child therapy practice. His book introduces humanistic counselling and psychotherapy trainees - as well as adult-trained therapists - to the particular requirements of working with children and young people, and also illustrates the value of using a 'child-centred' approach for those who might already be working with children in mental health settings. Equally, this volume can be used for professional development in many disciplines including adult trained therapists who want to extend their knowledge of people prior to reaching adulthood.

Foreword - Professor Michael Behr
The Person-Centred Approach/Introduction to the Book
Child-Centred Therapy: An Introduction
Associated Child-Related Theories and Culture
The Emerging Child-Centred Practitioner
Child-Centred Therapy: Developing Practice
Child-Centred Therapy for Children with Special Needs
Practical Play Therapy
Childhood Experience and Adult Lives
Receiving Referrals and Communications
Challenges of Boundaries in Counselling
Multiprofessional Practice
Legal and Ethical Considerations

An informative text that enables to reader to gain insight into how childrens needs can be met through child centred therapy. Illustrations used are helpful to link the theoretical understanding to reality of practice.

Text is readable and engaging

Miss Sarah Corkhill
Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University
September 18, 2013

I will be adding this book to the recommended reading list for learners , particularly those embarking on counselling placement within schools.It is an indepth book and explains in detail aspects of person centred counselling with children.The lay out of the book is easy to read and using it as a reference tool , it is a great accompaniment to already aquired understanding of the person centred theoretical model.

Miss Sam Ford
Health and Social Care, South Essex College
July 11, 2013

This book is an essential text for the module on Counselling and Mentoring within the Childhood Studies Programme.

Mrs Sharon Vesty
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
March 5, 2013

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