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Skills in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Young People

Skills in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Young People

November 2014 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

As interest and training in counselling children and young people continues to grow, it is essential that counsellors are equipped with the skills to work with this client group. In this book, Lorraine Sherman draws on her years of experience in the field to provide a practical resource for qualified and trainee counsellors, providing them with the necessary skills to ensure best practice with children and young people.

Distinguishing between working with young children and with adolescents, skills covered include:

-          establishing a therapeutic relationship

-          assessing a young client

-          contracting

-          counselling practice

-          understanding and maintaining confidentiality and disclosure

Using case studies and examples to help demonstrate skills in action, this is essential reading for anyone planning to become or already engaged in the helping professions with young people.

Preparing for the Journey
Assessing a Young Client
Deepening Developing Counselling Skills
Extending Modalities to Counsel Children and Young People
Skills in Managing Professional Issues: Confidentiality, Disclosure, Agreements and Contracts
Skills for Resolving Ethical Dilemmas
Skilful Play for Counsellors
Using supervision skilfully

This is a useful and supportive read for those interested in working with children and young people. It provides a considered view of the significant features of this form of counselling along with easily accessible case material and self-support exercises.

Katherine Porter
Programme Leader, Diploma in Higher Education: Counselling Children and Young People, Simpson House

Giving the reader an insight into the range of skills and considerations applicable to therapeutic work with children and young people, Lorraine Sherman recognises the importance of flexible and creative approaches, with the needs of the child at the forefront of any therapeutic contact.

Jackie Raven
Lecturer in therapeutic child care, Glyndwr University

This is a comprehensive and well-structured book introducing all the required facets of knowledge and skills required on the journey to become a counsellor and psychotherapist working with Children and Young People.


What really separates this book from the rest of the pack though is the clear, understandable way the complex process issues in counselling, whether it be the interface between assessment and counselling or the challenges of online technology, are explored and the way mindfulness and reflective exercises are used as a tool to encourage the reader to actively engage with themselves and their own processing while studying the topics and cases studies presented. A masterstroke. I would highly recommend that this book becomes a standard text.

Patrick Joyce
Counsellor and Trainer

I found the book brilliant. It resonated with my own thoughts and feelings about the minds of young people and therefore engaged and excited me, making me want to read on and learn more and continue to develop my own practice...The book is ideal as an aid for trainee counsellors and for other professionals working therapeutically with young people.  

Julie Griffin, Counsellor/Psychotherapy for young people
BACP Children and Young People

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Preparing for the Journey

Lorraine Sherman

Lorraine Sherman is a humanistic psychologist, supervisor, therapist, relationship counsellor and youth worker. She is clinical supervisor of school-based counsellors across West Wales. She has extensive experience in counselling and psychotherapeutic practice with young clients and adults. Lorraine designs and teaches courses to train counsellors and therapists to counsel children and young people. She lectures on counselling courses at Trinity St Davids University, Wales and has had many years of experience lecturing on the BACP accredited counselling courses based at Coleg Sir Gar, Ammanford. Lorraine includes mindfulness in her... More About Author

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