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Guidance and Counselling for Children and Adolescents in Schools

Guidance and Counselling for Children and Adolescents in Schools

First Edition
  • Namita Ranganathan - Professor, Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi
  • Toolika Wadhwa - Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Shyama Prasad Mukherji College, University of Delhi
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June 2017 | 288 pages | SAGE Texts

This book effectively presents an insightful blend of theoretical ideas, practical realities and ways of engaging with children and adolescents. 

Guidance and Counselling for Children and Adolescents in Schools provides a rich understanding of the challenges, problems and difficulties that children and adolescents face in adjusting to the contexts in which they live, grow and study. All teacher-education programmes expansively define the role of teachers and their responsibility towards guiding and counselling students. This book serves to help student-teachers and in-service teachers to understand their role as counsellors and build perspectives about the mental health concerns of students. Rendering ground realities within theoretical approaches to psychotherapy and mental health, it serves as a useful resource for practitioners and researchers in education.

The book is based on more than three decades of experience of the authors in the fields of education and psychology and experiential understanding of contemporary times.

Key Features:

• Unique approach in correlating real-life situations and experiences to the explanation of theories

•Builds understanding about guidance, counselling and mental health issues through a theory–practice interface

•Provides anecdotes, case vignettes and narratives to aid self-directed learning of counselling skills

•Couched in the contemporary Indian socio-cultural setting


An Overview of the Book
Section One: Some Perspectives on Mental Health
Understanding Mental Health
Mental Health Policies and Implications for Schools
Understanding Children and Adolescents in School
Issues and Challenges in School Mental Health
Situating School Students
Taking a Proactive Stance
Section Two: Addressing Mental Health Concerns
Identifying and Managing Behavioural Problems
Dealing with Addiction and Abuse
Fostering Expression and Building Healthy Interpersonal Relations
Sexuality and Related Issues and Concerns
Development of Self and Identity
Coping with Stress and Anxiety
Counselling Skills for Teachers and Parents
Section Three: Psychotherapy and Mental Health
Theories and Therapeutic I—Psychodynamic Approaches to Therapy
Theories and Therapies II—Behavioural and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies
Theories and Therapies III—Humanistic Approaches to Therapy
Alternative Practices in Psychotherapy
Understanding Human Nature


Namita Ranganathan

Namita Ranganathan is a Professor at the Department of Education, Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi. She has over thirty years of teaching experience in teacher education programmes. Her specialisations are in the area of developmental psychology, personality psychology and education for mental health. She has been extensively engaged with schools across the country through various projects with The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), CARE India, Aga Khan Foundation and Save the Children, among others. She has also been on several management bodies of Kendriya Vidyalayas and several private schools. More About Author

Toolika Wadhwa

Toolika Wadhwa has been working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Education, Shyama Prasad Mukherji College, University of Delhi, since 2009. Her doctoral research was in the area of identity development and religion in the context of families and schools. Her work as a teacher educator as well as her research work with Aga Khan Foundation and UNFPA have enriched her exposure and understanding of schools. More About Author

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ISBN: 9789386062918