You are here

Key Theories and Skills in Counselling Children and Young People

Key Theories and Skills in Counselling Children and Young People
An Integrative Approach

June 2021 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book provides a highly accessible, skills focused entry point to the interventions, techniques, strategies, and core knowledge you need to work with children and young people.

Divided into four parts, it covers:

-        Core Knowledge: Understanding Development from 0-18 years

-        Key Skills: The Therapeutic Process

-        Key Skills: Interventions, Techniques & Strategies

-        Key Considerations: Contexts & Client Groups

Its bite sized entries include suggested additional resources to help you explore the topic further, and throughout the book you will find case studies and exercises to aid your understanding.

This book is ideal for mental health and therapy trainees and practitioners who need a foundation in working with children and young people.

Part I - Core Knowledge: Understanding Development from 0-18 years
1.1 Development – A Dynamic Interplay Model
1.2 The Importance of Play
1.3 Theory of Mind
1.4 Cognitive Development
1.5 Attachment Theory
1.6 Object Relations Theory
1.7 Humanistic Theories of Development
1.8 Neurobiological Development
1.9 Puberty & the Adolescent Transition
1.10 Environmental & Systemic Factors
1.11 Developmental Implications for Counselling
Part II - Key Skills: The Therapeutic Process
2.1 Core Principles of Integrative Counselling with Children and Adolescents
2.2 Core Relationship Components
2.3 The Therapeutic Frame
2.4 Building Rapport
2.5 Contracting
2.6 Limit-Setting
2.7 Assessment & Integrative Formulations
2.8 Risk Assessment & Safeguarding
2.9 Confidentiality & Consent
2.10 Outcome & Process Measures
2.11 Cultural Competence
2.12 Working with Parents/Carers
2.13 Record-Keeping & Data Protection
2.14 Developing & Sustaining the Therapeutic Relationship
2.15 Managing Ruptures in the Therapeutic Alliance
2.16 Transference & Countertransference
2.17 Developing Advanced Empathy
2.18 Tracking
2.19 Endings
2.20 Ethical Issues
2.21 Self-Disclosure
2.22 Working with Other Professionals
2.23 Self-Care for Counsellors
2.24 Clinical Supervision
Part III - Key Skills: Interventions, Techniques & Strategies
3.1 Skills & Interventions
3.2 Symbol & Metaphor
3.3 Play-Based Interventions
3.4 Creative-Arts Interventions
3.5 Therapeutic ‘Chat’
3.6 Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
3.7 Working with Emotions
3.8 Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques
3.9 Groups
3.10 Working with Risk
3.11 Self-Harm
3.12 Food & Body Issues
3.13 Alcohol & Substance Misuse
3.14 Trauma & Abuse
3.15 Risky Sexual Behaviour
3.16 Identity
3.17 Sexuality & Gender Identity
3.18 Bullying
3.19 Online Risk
3.20 Family Breakdown & Instability
3.21 Bereavement & Loss
3.22 Self-Esteem
3.23 Anxiety
3.24 Depression
3.25 Diagnosis, Medication & Psychiatric Presentations
3.26 Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
3.27 Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)
3.28 Visual & Hearing Impairments
3.29 Physical Disability
3.30 Chronic Illness
3.31 Resilience
Part IV - Key Considerations: Contexts & Client Groups
4.1 Considerations & Contexts
4.2 Educational Settings
4.3 Private Practice
4.4 Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
4.5 Voluntary & Community Services (VCS)
4.6 Online Counselling
4.7 Refugee Communities
4.8 Looked-After Children

I think this is an excellent text which will be highly valued by trainers and students alike. 

Margaret Robson
Keele University

I think it is an excellent, pertinent and practical text. This should be a core text for all CYPF training courses across the UK and beyond. I will be buying it for staff and student reference and recommending it to students and to Universities locally.

Edith Bell
Director of Counselling, Familyworks

Although this is text is largely focussed on counselling it provides an excellent basis of the theoretical models relating to child development. The information is presented in an accessible way enabling a wide variety of learners to understand and apply the theory to their own practice. The book would be an excellent text for specialist courses and models and a useful resource to compliment learning on more generic courses.

Ms Angela Woods
Dept of Health & Social Studies, Bolton University
December 15, 2021