Steeped in vivid case examples, therapeutic dialogue and points for reflection, Brief Counselling in Schools, Third Edition is a highly practical and accessible guide to helping and supporting young people experiencing difficulties both at home and at school or college. Covering issues from low self-esteem and sexuality, to substance misuse and aggression, Dennis Lines draws on a method of brief integrative counseling to illustrate how a time-limited therapy can work effectively in an often pressured and time-limited setting.
Chapter 11: Parental Separation and Step-Parent Conflict
Parental Separation and Step-Parent Conflict
Many youngsters experiencing parental separation come forward for counselling, for this can be an anxious time. In this chapter, I use the term ‘parental’ separation instead of ‘divorce’ in order to be inclusive, and I view young persons’ adult monitors and providers as their ‘parents’, rather than ‘carers’, for this is how youngsters generally see them even if they do not address them as ‘mum’ or ‘dad’. I thereby imply no detriment to carers who, in many instances, may be a better parent to the child than their biological parent has been.
So common is the single-mother family in ...