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Listening to Young People in School, Youth Work and Counselling


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1.Kevin: in defence of thirteen-year-old boys. 2.Siblings: the possibility of therapeutic relationships between young people. 3.Chloe:understanding and helpful with squabbles. 4. Are We Like You: strangers and strangeness. 5. Accidents: what happens in school when there are no answers. 6.What's Good for You: helping young people evaluate feelings. 7. Brilliant Laughs: young people's use of joking. 8. Walking Slowly: containing anxiety in work with young people. 9. Secretest Secrets: young people managing privacy. 10. See You Around: how schools manage endings. References. Index.

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A creative approach to responding effectively and appropriately to the needs and behaviours of young people

About the Author

Nick Luxmoore is a school counsellor, trainer, teacher, youth worker and UKCP registered Psychodrama psychotherapist. He has over 30 years' experience of work with young people and with the professionals who support them. He has also authored Feeling Like Crap and Working with Anger and Young People, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


This little book, to its credit, serves to explore the real meaning of what children are saying and to give lots of examples, counselling techniques, stories and descriptions of counselling episodes to illustrate the approach...The book would be useful for teachers, counsellors, youth workers and trainee educational psychologists. -- Division of Educational Pychologists Publication Debate
A book written out of invaluable experience and the consequent insights of a lively, open and creative mind -- The National Society for Gifted Children
What I found refreshing about this book in comparison to other reference guides is its relevance to practice as opposed to theory. Luxmoore draws from his many years of experience (as a youth worker, teacher and counsellor) and, by using in-depth case examples, offers practical suggestions that will enable professionals to listen, understand and support young people more effectively. -- Adoption Today
Nick Luxmoore has wide-ranging experience with young people through his careers as teacher, youth worker and dramatherapist, employing the combination of his skills with great warmth and humour...The 10 chapters deal with aspects of teen life and incorporate mini case studies, references to the established authorities, like Bowlby and Winnicot, and contemporary parallels like Harry Enfield's Kevin...These illustrate Luxmoore's investigation of the source of adolescents' difficulties, their process and the facilitation of their resolution, often through group work and role-play and with an adult who takes them very seriously. This description makes it sound very 'heavy', but the book is actually very easy to read and entertaining as well as profound. -- Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
Although there is reference to theory, most of this book is given over to examples of practical work with all ages of secondary school pupils...There were many examples of practicle work within the school setting from individual work either from drop-in session's or on-going weekly contact, group work and support for a group offering peer conselling. It was reasurring to find that these examples came from work within the school setting. Many of the examples relate to situations that adults would describe as "petty". It is good to see these treated with the same importance as some of the more complicated problems faced by teenagers today. The practical nature of the book leaves the reader feeling that these are suggestions of how the problems could be approached-rather than the only solution. -- Community Practitioner
This is a book which a goodly number of youth workers will thoroughly enjoy reading. Photocopied chapters are going to be passed from worker to worker, whilst some sections will be long employed on training programmes to provide a focus for discussion. It is definitely one of those books. The sort you ask yourself - why didn't someone think of doing this before ? Accessible serious and unapologetically written with the practitioner in mind, it promises to have a lengthy shelf life and find a ready audience...reading it was time well spent. -- Youth Policy
This book is a tour de force. ALL the chapters in the book are of superlative quality. Chapters are easy to read due to the author's "friendly" style. His liberal use of pop groups -Supergrass, Manic Street Preachers - and characters from popular culture -Wyatt Earp, Spice Girls and Harry Endfield's Kevin, Lulu and Harry all ease the reader's entry into the culture of young people... Anyone who wishes to develop their ability to enter the world of others would do well to acquire this book. In words that might be used by of one of the author's young people "totally brilliant." -- British Psychodrama Association Journal
Luxmoore describes the complex nature of intimacy, privacy, secrets, ordinary anxiety and anxiety related to crisis. These issues are covered imaginatively and extensively... Listening to Young People will appeal to parents, students and practitioners. It reflects a wealth of experience both of young people and the current complex demands of the school experience. -- Oxford Psychotherapy Society Bulletin
A short and interesting starter to digging a little deeper in aspects of youthwork that sometimes we experience but may not understand the dynamics of...It involves us thinking and reflecting about what we do critically, and bringing greater professionalism and excellence to our youth work. -- Youthwork
Nick Luxmoore's book of essays is a welcome addition to the literature on working with adolescents. It is likely to appeal to the professional reader, as well as to parents of adolescents anxiously trying to understand their children's changes in mood and behaviour. Luxmoore takes a fresh look at adolescence and makes some interesting interpretations based on his own direct therapeutic work with young people in youth clubs and schools. -- Young Minds

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