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.
Covered in this Chapter
- Policy frameworks
- Every Child Matters
- Child-centred services
- Sharing expertise
- Mental health
- Child-centred therapists in multidisciplinary practice
- General approach
- School settings
I sense that therapists often feel they operate in a professional vacuum where connections with other professional groups are at best informal and, at worst, non-existent. Counselling therapy in the United Kingdom, for example, has become somewhat characterised by the development of professional bodies with their own codes of practice and registration requirements. While individual counselling bodies have something unique to offer, it is hoped that organisations such as those offering membership to practitioners working with children and young people can develop a programme to share knowledge (between organisations) that benefits both the profession and clients.[Page 169]
Therapeutic modalities can appear to compete rather than ...