Counselling Children: A Practical Introduction

Counselling Children: A Practical Introduction


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

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  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 238mm x 24mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 17 January 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1412948347
  • ISBN 13: 9781412948340
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 18,105

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'Delightfully crafted and up-to-date. It is difficult to think of a more comprehensive and essential text in this field' - Colin Feltham, Professor of Critical Counselling Studies, Sheffield Hallam University. 'Replete with a wealth of suggested techniques that can be used when working with children of different ages' - Robyn M Gillies, School of Education, University of Queensland, Brisbane. "Counselling Children" is a highly practical, bestselling guide to skills and strategies which can be used in working with children who are experiencing emotional problems. Written in straightforward terms, the book sets out the authors' model of sequentially-planned integrative counseling for children (SPICC) and describes the specific techniques which practitioners can use to help children: tell their story and release troubling emotions; improve self-concept and deal with unhelpful beliefs; recognize their options and choices; and, discover new behaviors, and manage impulsive behavior. The book also provides guidelines for selecting and using a range of media, play and activities and includes 30 photocopiable worksheets that are featured throughout the book. The worksheets are designed for practitioners to use directly with children to help them explore their feelings and experiences in more depth. Thoroughly revised and updated, this Third Edition features two new chapters on counseling children in groups. "Counselling Children, Third Edition" is widely used in the practical skills training of counselors, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, teachers, and other professionals who work with children. It is also an ideal resource for any practice-setting providing counseling services for children. Dr Kathryn (Kitty) Geldard is a lecturer in the School of Psychology and Counselling at Queensland University of Technology. She has many years of clinical experience as a child and family therapist in both mental health settings and in private practice. David Geldard is a psychologist experienced in working with children and families in community health and mental health settings and in private practice.

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Table of contents

PART ONE: COUNSELLING CHILDREN Goals for Counselling Children The Child-Counsellor Relationship Attributes of a Counsellor for Children PART TWO: PRACTICE FRAMEWORKS Historical Background and Contemporary Ideas about Counselling Children The Process of Child Therapy The Child's Internal Processes of Therapeutic Change Sequentially Planned Integrative Counselling for Children (The SPICC Model) Counselling Children in the Context of Family Therapy Counselling Children in Groups PART THREE: CHILD COUNSELLING SKILLS Observation Active Listening Helping the Child to Tell Their Story and Get in Touch with Strong Emotions Dealing with Resistance and Transference Dealing with Self-Concept and Self-Destructive Beliefs Actively Facilitating Change Termination of Counselling Skills for Counselling Children in Groups PART FOUR: PLAY THERAPY: USE OF MEDIA AND ACTIVITIES The Play Therapy Room Selecting the Appropriate Media or Activity The Use of Miniature Animals Sand-Tray Work Working with Clay Drawing, Painting, Collage and Construction The Imaginary Journey Books and Stories Puppets and Soft Toys Imaginative Pretend Play Games PART FIVE: THE USE OF WORK-SHEETS Building Self-Esteem Social Skills Training Education in Protective Behaviours PART SIX: IN CONCLUSION