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Palgrave Macmillan

Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents

ISBN 9781403997913
Publication Date January 2007
Formats Paperback Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Basic Texts in Counselling and Psychotherapy

It is increasingly understood that to counsel children and adolescents effectively requires specialized skills: simply adapting techniques developed for adults will not work.

Drawing on the work of Bowlby, Winnicott and others, Linda Hopper here gives a brief introduction to the emotional development of young people and shows how play and other creative means can be used to help them to express their inner feelings. In a comprehensive overview of the area, she also discusses issues of difference and identity, the counselling process and ethical issues in counselling children. The author's wide experience of working with children and adolescents shines through in vivid case studies covering a range of clients, contexts and difficulties.

Offering a judicious balance of theory and practical discussion, Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents focuses on the essential knowledge needed to work therapeutically with children. It is thus an ideal foundation text for students undertaking training in child counselling, either as part of their initial training or in post-qualification professional development.

LINDA HOPPER is an accredited psychodynamic therapist with the BACP and a member of COSCA. She works in private practice, supervises counsellors working with adults and children and delivers training for agencies. She is working with Middlesex University for validation of a Diploma in Counselling Children, which has recently been updated. She has considerable experience as a teacher and therapist working with children who have suffered social deprivation, physical disability and emotional disturbance. As the founder Director of the Sycamore Tree Children's Counselling Service, Linda created courses for counselling adults and children and prepared them for university validation.

An Introduction to Children's Counselling
Emotional Development
Psychodynamic Understanding of Children's Problems
Play Therapy
Using Creative Opportunities in Play Therapy
Working with Diversity
Ethical Issues
The Process of Counselling a Child
The Child in Context
References
Bibliography
Index

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'This is an excellent book, written in a clear and concise manner following a psychodynamic approach to counselling young people... [The] book offers a comprehensive insight into the area of counselling children and adolescents. I recommend it as a very useful read for those who work with young people already, and also as essential reading for those considering work in this field.' - Hilary Kean, Counselling Children and Young People
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