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Counselling Adolescents

Counselling Adolescents
The Proactive Approach for Young People

Fifth Edition
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October 2019 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Now in its fifth edition, this definitive guide to counselling adolescents has introduced thousands of trainees and practitioners to the theory, principles, skills and techniques of proactively counselling this client group.

With over 4 hours of online resources, this multi-disciplinary book uses case studies and examples to demonstrate how a diversity of needs requires a diversity of approaches and skills through a variety of settings. It is essential reading for trainees and practitioners in counselling, social work, the allied health professions and education.

What's new to this edition?

  • Coverage of models of mental health/illness
  • More on attachment theories
  • Further explanation and a new preface focused on the proactive approach
  • A new chapter on mindfulness
  • More online resources added to companion website including additional videos and links to key ethical guidelines  

The Online Resources

For students:This edition comes with over 4 hours of video content that demonstrates the key concepts in action to help you extend your learning.

For lecturers: Accompanying the book are downloadable PDFs of a 12 session adolescent peer counselling training programme developed by the authors.


Part I: Understanding the young person
1. The nature of adolescence
2. The influence of childhood experiences
3. Young people’s environments
4. The development of mental health problems
Part II: Counselling Young People and the Proactive Approach
5. Making counselling relevant for young people
6. Theoretical Foundations for a Proactive Approach
7. Promoting change in young people
Part III: A Proactive Process for Counselling Young People
8. The primary counselling functions
9. Proactive counselling in action
10. Counselling micro-skills
11. Symbolic strategies
12. Creative strategies
13. Behavioural and cognitive behavioural strategies
14. Psycho-educational strategies
15. Mindfulness Strategies
16. The use of technology when counselling young people
Part IV: Proactive counselling in practice
17. Professional and ethical issues
18. Case studies

This clearly written comprehensive book is a must for those people choosing to counsel young people. The engaging writing style makes it a pleasure to read. The book is full of creative ideas and strategies to use, whilst also embedding the approach in theory.

Mrs Hilary McNair
Kent Adult Education, Hilderstone College
January 10, 2020

Kathryn Geldard

Dr Kathryn Geldard is now retired from clinical practice. She continues to conduct training workshops for counsellors and organisations and facilitate professional development supervision groups. Her academic career as senior lecturer in counselling at Queensland University of Technology and in the faculty of Arts and Business at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia includes programme leadership of the Counselling programme as well as development of the postgraduate Master of Counselling degrees. She is the author of a several textbooks founded on her extensive clinical counselling background with children, young people... More About Author

David Geldard

David Geldard had extensive experience in working as a counselling psychologist with troubled children and their families. He worked in mental health and community health settings, and in private practice.  More About Author

Rebecca Yin Foo

Rebecca Yin Foo is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist who is experienced in providing psychological support for children with developmental disabilities and their families at the Cerebral Palsy League. Her work has led her to take a high level of practical and academic interest in ways of working with children to promote optimal positive outcomes. She currently works in private practice in Brisbane, Australia. Prior to obtaining her honours degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology she completed a Bachelor of Medical Engineering. She has published a number of journal articles and... More About Author