Counselling Children: A Practical Introduction

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SAGE, Jan 17, 2008 - Psychology - 315 pages
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'Delightfully crafted and up-to-date. It is difficult to think of a more comprehensive and essential text in this field' - Colin Feltham, Professor of Critical Counselling Studies, Sheffield Hallam University

'Replete with a wealth of suggested techniques that can be used when working with children of different ages' - Robyn M Gillies, School of Education, University of Queensland, Brisbane

Counselling Children is a highly practical, bestselling guide to skills and strategies which can be used in working with children who are experiencing emotional problems.

Written in straightforward terms, the book sets out the authors' model of sequentially-planned integrative counselling for children (SPICC) and describes the specific techniques which practitioners can use to help children

- tell their story and release troubling emotions

- improve self-concept and deal with unhelpful beliefs

- recognize their options and choices

- discover new behaviours, and manage impulsive behaviour.

The book also provides guidelines for selecting and using a range of media, play and activities and includes 30 photocopiable worksheets that are featured throughout the book. The worksheets are designed for practitioners to use directly with children to help them explore their feelings and experiences in more depth. Thoroughly revised and updated, this Third Edition features two new chapters on counselling children in groups.

Counselling Children, Third Edition is widely used in the practical skills training of counsellors, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, teachers, and other professionals who work with children. It is also an ideal resource for any practice-setting providing counselling services for children.

Dr Kathryn (Kitty) Geldard is a lecturer in the School of Psychology and Counselling at Queensland University of Technology. She has many years of clinical experience as a child and family therapist in both mental health settings and in private practice. David Geldard is a psychologist experienced in working with children and families in community health and mental health settings and in private practice.

 

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Contents

1 Goals for counselling children
5
2 The childcounsellor relationship
8
3 Attributes of a counsellor for children
17
Part 2 Practice Frameworks
23
4 Historical background and contemporary ideas about counselling children
25
5 The process of child therapy
45
6 The childs internal processes of therapeutic change
54
7 Sequentially Planned Integrative Counselling for Children the SPICC model
61
19 Selecting the appropriate media or activity
164
20 The use of miniature animals
173
21 Sandtray work
180
22 Working with clay
188
23 Drawing painting collage and construction
196
24 The imaginary journey
206
25 Books and stories
212
26 Puppets and soft toys
218

Part 3 Child Counselling Skills
97
10 Observation
99
11 Active listening
103
12 Helping the child to tell their story and get in touch with strong emotions
110
13 Dealing with resistance and transference
119
14 Dealing with selfconcept and selfdestructive beliefs
127
15 Actively facilitating change
133
16 Termination of counselling
144
17 Skills for counselling children in groups
147
Part 4 Play Therapy Use of Media and Activities
157
18 The play therapy room
159
27 Imaginative pretend play
225
28 Games
235
Part 5 The Use of Worksheets
243
29 Building selfesteem
245
30 Social skills training
250
31 Education in protective behaviours
260
PART 6 In Conclusion
269
Bibliography
307
Index
312
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