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Child and adolescent therapy concentrates on how to approach young people when it comes to understanding their emotions and counselling them.

Getting started as a counsellor of children and young people can be challenging. For instance, knowing exactly how to get an aggressive, misbehaving or scared child to open up and talk, is a skill that can take time to learn. Have a look at some of our recommended texts that can guide you with practical skills, examples and advice.

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The Handbook of Counselling Children & Young People book cover image

The Handbook of Counselling Children and Young People

 

This landmark handbook brings together the fundamentals of counselling children and young people, across theory, research, skills and practice. It addresses what every successful trainee or practitioner needs to know in a way that is comprehensive, accessible and jargon-free. Expert authors from a wide range of backgrounds bring together the fundamentals of counselling practice with children and young people in this landmark handbook. It covers all your students need to know about theory and practice approaches, the counselling process, and practice issues and settings. 

"Readable and engaging. I enjoyed the various challenges to traditional thinking, which ensure that the reader has the most up-to-date knowledge."

- Lynn Martin, BACP

What are the main different theoretical and conceptual perspectives on child development and attachment? Take a look at one of the many case studies in this book to find out.

 

CP megaphone  Recommended reading 

 

The counselling and psychotherapy hub is full of useful links, book chapters, interactive videos and more. Here are a few books to add to your resources:

 

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology: A Casebook book cover image

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology: A Casebook

This supplementary textbook provides an abundance of real-life cases which demonstrate methods in assessing and treating a wide spectrum of child and adolescent psychopathologies in a variety of settings.

Each case presents an opportunity to practice and develop clinical skills in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood disorders from a number of theoretical perspectives and at various levels of interest and expertise.

 

Counselling Adolescents: The Proactive Approach for Young People book cover image

Counselling Adolescents: The Proactive Approach for Young People

Now with a new companion website that provides training materials and handouts on a range of topics and with two new chapters on contemporary contexts and the use of technology this book continues to be the definitive guide to counselling adolescents.

"A very well revised edition that builds on the previous work by the authors. Informative, theoretical and practical. Good for teaching and a great source for students."

- Dr Serahni Symington, Psychology, Cornerstone Institute

The companion website is a great resource that concentrates on skills, values, self-discovery, roles and ethics.

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Counselling Children: A Practical Introduction book cover image

Counselling Children: A Practical Introduction

This is the definitive guide to the skills and techniques used when working with children who are experiencing emotional problems. The Fifth Edition includes new discussions of wellbeing and resilience concepts.

The book is supported by a new companion website that provides training materials and handouts on a range of skills for counselling children. This highly practical guide is vital reading for counsellors, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, nurses and teachers working or training to work with children.

It's important to establish goals for counselling children. Have a read of our sample chapter for some examples of what these goals should be.

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