Counselling Adolescents: The Proactive Approach for Young People

Counselling Adolescents: The Proactive Approach for Young People


By (author) Kathryn Geldard, By (author) David Geldard


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  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 229mm x 23mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 25 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1848606427
  • ISBN 13: 9781848606425
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 1,016,480

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"Filled with practical and effective approaches, this book is an asset to anyone wanting to develop their skills in working with adolescents." Samantha Best, CAMHS Manager and Clinical Nurse Specialist "This publication is a further invaluable resource to counsellors wanting to work with young people. It offers a 'one stop shop' for any practitioner who wants to understand adolescent development and the need for a counselling approach that parallels this, with helpful strategies for enhancing the counselling conversation and the relationship between counsellor and the young person." Barbara Rayment, Director of Youth Access, London "Providing an excellent introduction to counselling young people that is theoretically sound and rich in delivering practical techniques, this book is an important addition to the personal library of counselling students and counsellors" Associate Professor Sylvia Rodger, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland, Australia In this third edition of their bestselling text, Kathryn and David Geldard provide a practical introduction to the principles and practices required for successful counselling, to show that working with young people can be both challenging and effective. The book is divided into three main parts, covering: - how to understand the young client as a person - the pro-active approach of working with young people - the counselling skills and strategies needed. This Third Edition has been completely revised and updated, and includes two new chapters. The first, Maintaining a Collaborative Relationship, identifies ways to engage a young person collaboratively throughout a proactive counselling process. The other, Professional and Ethical Issues, deals with these issues as they relate to working with young people. Additional practical case studies and examples show how counsellors can work pro-actively with this age group. The book will be of particular interest as a textbook and resource to all professionals who work with emotionally disturbed young people, and will provide an excellent resource for trainees in courses on counselling, social work, psychology, occupational therapy, mental health and psychiatry, nursing, and education.

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Author information

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.

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A highly recommended publication to read not only for counselling experts but also for everyone interested in expanding their theoretical knowledge as well as their practical skills in working with young people in a fascinating span of life. -- Dr. Sonia Lippke

Table of contents

PART ONE: UNDERSTANDING THE YOUNG PERSON The Nature of Adolescence The Influence of Childhood Experiences Environmental Stresses for Young People Hazards for Young People The Development of Mental-Health Problems PART TWO: PROACTIVE COUNSELLING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE Making Counselling Relevant for Young People Foundations of the Proactive Approach The Proactive Process for Counselling Young People Making Use of Adolescent Communication Processes Useful Counselling Micro-Skills Promoting Change in Young People Maintaining a Collaborative Relationship PART THREE: COUNSELLING STRATEGIES Symbolic Strategies Creative Strategies Behavioural and Cognitive Behavioural Strategies Psychoeducational Strategies PART FOUR: PROACTIVE COUNSELLING IN PRACTICE Professional and Ethical Issues Case Studies