This engaging new book presents a ‘child-centred’ model of therapy that is thoroughly person-centred in its values. Establishing the roots of child-centred therapy in both child development theories and the Rogerian model, David Smyth demonstrates that counselling the person-centred way is exceptionally relevant to young people. The book further develops child-centred therapy theory and practice, applying the model to real-life practice with children and young people, whether in play, school, organisations or with those with special needs. It also explores the complex professional issues so critical with this age group, including challenging boundaries, establishing an effective relationship with parents and other primary carers, legal and ethical considerations, and multi-professional practice. The author's warm, accessible style conveys his passionate conviction that the person-centred approach can provide a strong foundation for child therapy practice. His book introduces humanistic counselling and psychotherapy trainees to the particular requirements of working with children and young people, and also illustrates the value of using a ‘child-centred’ approach for those who might already be working with children in mental health settings. Equally, this volume can be used for professional development in many disciplines including adult trained therapists who want to extend their knowledge of people prior to reaching adulthood.

Receiving Referrals and Communications

Receiving Referrals and Communications

Receiving referrals and communications

Covered in this Chapter

  • Establishing effective practice
  • Clinical supervision
  • Intake assessment session
  • Medical history
  • Initial appointment with a child or young person
  • Parent–child relationships: communications
  • Providing refreshments
  • Record keeping

Establishing Effective Practice

Prior to receiving the initial enquiry about the provision of a child-centred therapy service, substantial background work will ensure that the service is ready and competent to effectively manage that enquiry. This chapter concludes with suggested further reading, including a publication describing systems and procedures needed for a therapy service. However much research is undertaken before ‘going live’, the unexpected will always arise and practitioners should endeavour to try to keep the unexpected to a manageable minimum through the effective use of supervision.

In addition to seeking advice from the practitioners' professional organisation it is worth ...

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