Counselling Adolescents: The Pro-Active Approach

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SAGE, Jun 30, 2004 - Psychology - 250 pages
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`The book does provide an excellent resource offering a holistic and flexible approach and a variety of techniques. These provide a useful toolkit of practitioners working closely with young people. However its core readership is counsellors with young people. Though there are now many different kinds of counselling leading to qualification (and careful selection is necessary), there are few that are particularly oriented towards counselling young people. Counselling Adolescents goes a good way towards filling that gap. It will be an effective support to the professional counselor working with young people. In fact many wonder how they functioned without it!' - Youth & Policy

`This book is a useful text for professionals with knowledge of counselling skills, and the ideas are well presented. The book gave me the opportunity to question my counselling skills, especially with regard to adolescents, and in so doing identify areas for progression and further training' - Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties

Counselling Adolescents, Second Edition includes two new important chapters. The first discusses how counsellors can make use of adolescent communication processes. Counsellors who understand these processes are better equipped to connect with young clients. The second new chapter explores the way in which the psychotherapeutic process can promote change in adolescents. The authors suggest that to be an effective counsellor of young people, these processes need to be fully understood.

The book closes with practical case studies to show how counsellors can work pro-actively with adolescents. This book will be invaluable to those working with emotionally distressed adolescents, and will provide an excellent resource for students and professionals working in a range of helping professions.

When it comes to working with adolescents in a therapeutic setting, counsellors are divided. Some work exclusively with adolescents in a successful and fulfilling way, however, others find it difficult to work with them. In this new edition of Counselling Adolescents, Kathryn and David Geldard provide a practical introduction to the principles and practices required for successful counselling, to show that working with adolescents can be both challenging and effective.

The book is divided into three main parts, covering:

- how to understand the adolescent as a person

- the pro-active approach of working with adolescents

- the counselling skills and strategies needed.



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Understanding the Adolescent
Proactive Counselling for Adolescents
Counselling Strategies
Proactive Counselling in Practice

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About the author (2004)

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.

Kathryn is currently conducting research with Australian Aboriginal adolescents with regard to developing a culturally sensitive peer support program in a regional community. She is the author of a number of textbooks on counselling and has several years experience in supervising and training counsellors.

David Geldard has an international reputation as a counselling psychologist and for his work in counselling children and their families.nbsp;

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