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The Handbook of Counselling Children & Young People


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Foreword - Mike Shooter Introduction - Sue Pattison, Maggie Robson and Ann Beynon Theory and Practice Approaches Child Development and Attachment - Simon Gibbs, Wilma Barrow, Richard Parker Child and Young Person Centred - Graham Bright Psychodynamic Approaches - Sue Kegerreis, Nick Midgley Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy - Paul Stallard Gestalt - Belinda Harris Becoming an Integrative Practitioner - Niki Cooper, Kelli Swain-Cowper Play Therapy - Lisa Gordon Clark Other Creative Approaches - Barbara Smith , Kaye Richards, Toby Quibell Counselling Practices and Processes Referrals and Indications for Therapy - Ani de la Prida, Wendy Brown Preparation for Therapy: Beginnings - Dave Stewart, Edith Bell Therapeutic Alliance and Counselling Process - Mark Prever Therapeutic Skills - Sally Ingram, Maggie Robson Supervision - Penny Leake, Ann Beynon Groupwork - Ros Sewell, Peter Pearce, Gwen Proud Endings - Dee Ray Evaluating Counselling - Katherine McArthur, Mick Cooper Practice Issues Law and Policy - Peter Jenkins Ethics - Peter Jenkins Diversity - Sue Pattison, Divine Charura, Tom McAndrew Bereavement - Maggie Robson Depression - Caryl Sibbett, Cathy Bell Self-Harm and Suicide - Caryl Sibbett, Cathy Bell Sexual, Emotional and Physical Abuse - Beverly Turner-Daly Eating Disorders - Erica Allen, Elizabeth Hughes, Daniel le Grange Practice Settings Health and Social Care Services - Barbara Smith, Sue Pattison, Cathy Bell Third and Non-Statutory Sectors - David Exall School and Education Settings - Peter Pearce, Ros Sewell, Karen Cromarty Extending Practice: New Horizons - Sue Pattison, Terry Hanley, Olga Pykhtina

About the Author

Dr Sue Pattison is a counsellor, supervisor and trainer with Sue Pattison Consulting, Sue was Director of a PhD programme at Newcastle University for many years and is now lecturer in psychology at Arden University. She teaches and researches counselling internationally, and has a busy counselling and supervision practice. She is a founder member of the BACP Counselling in Schools Research Consortium and joint Chair of the BACP Children, Young People and Families Division. Margaret Robson is a senior teaching fellow at Keele University where she supervises PhD students and the dissertations of Masters students. Before taking partial retirement, she was responsible for the professional counsellor training programme. She is also a qualified play therapist and has a special interest in working with, and researching, children's bereavement. She has taught play therapy training programmes in the UK, Kenya and the US and trained the first play therapy supervisors in Kenya. She is currently joint Chair of the BACP Children, Young People and Families Division. In her free time she is a bit of a water baby and enjoys sailing, canoeing and swimming. She also loves walking with her beautiful dog, bike riding and the occasional glass of wine! Ann Beynon has worked as a teacher, counsellor, trainer and Service manager for the last 40 years. She is convinced of the eclectic role of the counsellor in the development of effective learning relationships in educational and community settings. This conviction led her to focus on ways of developing integrated time for reflection, for teachers. To this end, she researched the application of a non-management therapeutic model of supervision within the educational context. Based on positive findings from this research, she has now established a Service which provides regular Structured Time for Reflection, for head teachers and their staff.


This is a book which all practitioners, who work therapeutically with children and young people, will find indispensable. An unrivalled array of expertise from across the field provides a comprehensive overview of good practice and cutting edge developments in the field. Each contributor prizes the individuality of each child or young person, while also evincing valuable principles germane to the therapeutic setting as well as the wider professional context.

The book is framed by the recognition for the need for fuller knowledge and professional expertise specific to counselling and therapeutic work with children and young people, and represents an essential guide to addressing the Counselling Competencies set out by BACP for work in this field. The layout of the book is very accessible and allows for the reader to focus on a specific theme, or draw on the remarkable range provided across the book, to support their practice or studies. The four sections: Theory and Practice Approaches; The Counselling Process; Practice Issues and Practice Settings work well as stand alone sections, while also providing clear links across the book. Relevant and powerful case studies bring the principles to life.

At a time when the need for `joined up working' between practitioners supporting vulnerable children and young people is at the forefront of good practice, The Handbook of Counselling Children and Young People puts itself ahead of the field in providing a unique overview for professionals and trainees. Amongst other things, it provides critiques of theoretical models for practice, valuable insights into working with individual mental health needs and ethics, organisational considerations for best practice and emerging developments such as online counselling. This book has it all, and is a `must have' for all practitioners and trainees in the field.

-- Dr Phil Goss

The editors of this excellent new handbook bring together a comprehensive range of topics to provide a key reference point for therapists working with children and young people. The contributing authors blend relevant research findings with their specialist practitioner knowledge, to offer an up to date, informative and authoritative guide to this demanding and complex area of work. This handbook is an invaluable contribution to the field and will become a well-thumbed resource for students, practitioners and academics.

-- Dr Carol Holliday

This is a much needed and long awaited resource for all those working therapeutically with children and young people. It is a timely collection of resources which complements training and practice in this area, reflecting as it does the new competences for working with C&YP as well as the Mind Ed curriculum. It covers a wide range of topics and reflects well the complexity of working with this client group. This will I am sure become the bible for all practitioners in this area.

-- Judith Mulcahy

The publication of this book is a timely and useful resource for practitioners working in this important and growing field. With an impressive list of authors who are contemporary subject specialists, the text covers a comprehensive range of topics that will interest many stakeholders. It will be a useful companion to the emerging range of current e-resources available.

-- Karen Cromarty

The Handbook of Counselling Children and Young People is a comprehensive text. It is very well written and considered throughout. I would thoroughly endorse Mike Shooter's forward comments. The joy of the book is that it presents a variety of approaches for supporting children and young people and the so important eclectic mix and varied tool kit that needs to be available. Quite rightly the scene is set with child development and the role of attachment, linking in with the process of understanding therapeutic interventions and their process and impact. It is an appropriate and timely blend of approaches that can assist all those working with children and young people who may not necessarily be trained in a specific approach but nevertheless can adopt and use these principles and encourage further exploration and study. I like the way the book is set out with sections on theory and practice approaches, counselling practice and processes, practice issues and practice settings which are very up to date and relevant to the current climate. Within each section all individual chapters have a case study, summary, reflective questions and learning activities. This is a really useful learning experience for students and those interested in this area of study and those wanting to support children and young people. The cases and activities add some rich material and food for thought. I will be recommending it to my students as a set text for `Communication and Counselling Skills; Children, Young People and Families' on the FDsc Child & Adolescent Mental Health course here at the University of Worcester.

-- Maddie Burton
I recommend this volume to all of us in the field. It is articulate, real, down-to-earth and complete in its coverage of theory and practical approaches, counselling practices and processes, practice issues and practice settings. -- Eleanor Patrick, Counsellor and Coach-therapist

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