'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 counselling 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 " discover new behaviours, and manage impulsive behaviour. 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 counselling children in groups. Counselling Children, Third Edition is widely used in the practical skills training of counsellors, 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 counselling 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.
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
This book, like its companion, “Counselling Adolescents”, is a very practical counselling/ psychological text for people who are in the psychological/ counselling realms, as well as others who work with young people, such as teachers, nurses, day-care workers and the like. It is an updated version of this text with reproducible worksheets that can be used with some of the activities and interventions mentioned in the book. Geldard and Geldard have used their own theoretical approach to counselling children, which is a unique blend of some of the more traditional counselling theoretical approaches. An excellent text for university students wanting to broaden their psychological knowledge when working with young people and for their knowledge, which will lead them to actual practice.