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Counselling Children
A Practical Introduction

Fifth Edition
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November 2017 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The definitive guide to the skills and techniques used when working with children experiencing emotional problems, this book covers all you need to know about: 

  • The goals for counselling children and the child-counsellor relationship
  • Practice frameworks for working effectively with children
  • Play therapy and the use of different media and activities
  • Building self-esteem and social skills through the use of worksheets.

This fifth edition has been updated to include:

  • A new chapter on technology; its influence on children and ways that technology can be used during counselling
  • New content on issues of diversity and difference in counselling children
  • The different contexts in which counselling children occur
  • Discussion of concepts of wellbeing and resilience
  • Updated references and research.

 

The book is supported by a new companion website that provides training materials and handouts on a range of skills for counselling children including: helping the child to tell their story sand tray work, the use of miniature animals, the use of clay, and helping the child to change thoughts and behaviour.

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

 
Introduction to the fifth edition
 
Part 1 Counselling Children
 
1. Goals for counselling children
 
2. The child-counsellor relationship
 
3. Ethical considerations when counselling children
 
4. Attributes of a counsellor for children
 
Part 2 Practice Frameworks
 
5. Historical background and contemporary ideas about counselling children
 
6. The process of child therapy
 
7. The child’s internal processes of therapeutic change
 
8. Sequentially Planned Integrative Counselling for Children (the SPICC model)
 
9. Counselling children in the context of family therapy
 
10. Counselling children in groups
 
Part 3 Child Counselling Skills
 
11. Observation
 
12. Active listening
 
13. Helping the child to tell their story and get in touch with strong emotions
 
14. Dealing with resistance and transference
 
15. Dealing with self-concept and self-destructive beliefs
 
16. Actively facilitating change
 
17. Termination of counselling
 
18. Skills for counselling children in groups
 
Part 4 Play Therapy – Use of Media and Activities
 
19. The play therapy room
 
20. The evidence-base for play therapy and counselling children
 
21. Selecting the appropriate media or activity
 
22. The use of miniature animals
 
23. Sand-tray work
 
24. Working with clay
 
25. Drawing, painting, collage and construction
 
26. The imaginary journey
 
27. Books and stories
 
28. Puppets and soft toys
 
29. Imaginative pretend play
 
30. Games
 
31. Technology
 
Part 5 The Use of Worksheets
 
32. Building self-esteem
 
33. Social skills training
 
34. Education in protective behaviours
 
Part 6 In Conclusion

This book is first class. It is well written and engaging and contains a wealth of exercises and activities to use with children. I love this book.

Sally Riggall
Lincoln University

Counselling Children has been an excellent resource to enhance the practice of psychotherapy with children since its first edition published in 1997. I first met the Geldards at their informative workshops in Brisbane in those early years, which thoroughly enhanced my work with children. Their published books were an added bonus. This fifth edition further supports the therapist with an addition of a Companion Website. It is a highly recommended resource, and one that I value, for every therapist working with children.

Dianne O'Malley
Counselling Psychologist, Young Minds Network

This book is a classic text for students and practitioners interested in learning more about working with children. It is easy to read and the examples given bring to life the real challenges faced in practice. At the end of each Chapter is a helpful key points box which is ideal for summarising the contents of each chapter. An essential text in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

Divine Charura
Senior Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University

The book follows a natural progression from the beginning of developing the initial relationship, through looking at different models of counselling, the skills necessary for working with children, to the use of different media – the use of play in all its various forms, visualisations, and the use of worksheets.

The real value for money comes for me with the huge number of online resources, including videos and worksheets available via the use of a code given in the book.

Lynn Martin
Integrative psychotherapy trainer
BACP

This book is incredible. Easy to use and understand.

Miss Cindee Bruyns
Social Work, University of Cape Town
December 14, 2017

The title says it all, really - it is indeed 'a practical introduction'. Well written, well founded in theory. Adding the online resources is a welcome bonus.

Cathy Lasher, Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, Nottingham

Ms cathy lasher
Counselling and Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute
November 30, 2017

An extremely accessible guide for students of counselling who wish to specialise in their practice

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
September 12, 2017

Sample Materials & Chapters

1. Goals for counselling children


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Kathryn Geldard

KATHRYN GELDARD, PhD, is a lecturer and counsellor supervisor in the School of Psychology and Counselling at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. Her research interests include adolescent peer counselling and counselling effectiveness as perceived by the adolescent client in the QUT Psychology and Counselling Clinic. ... More About Author

David Geldard

David Geldard has an international reputation as a counselling psychologist and for his work in counselling children and their families.  More About Author

Rebecca Yin Foo

Rebecca Yin Foo is an educational and developmental psychologist who specialises in working with children and families.  More About Author

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