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As interest and training in counselling children and young people continues to grow, it is essential that counsellors are equipped with the skills to work with this client group. In this book, Lorraine Sherman draws on her years of experience in the field to provide a practical resource for qualified and trainee counsellors, providing them with the necessary skills to ensure best practice with children and young people. Distinguishing between working with young children and with adolescents, skills covered include: - establishing a therapeutic relationship - assessing a young client - contracting - counselling practice - understanding and maintaining confidentiality and disclosure Using case studies and examples to help demonstrate skills in action, this is essential reading for anyone planning to become or already engaged ...

Assessing a Young Client
Assessing a young client
Introduction

Counsellors are often asked to measure outcomes and use assessment and evaluation procedures with young clients. How we approach these measurements can set the tone of counselling. We may find that making a therapeutic alliance and ‘form filling’ don't always fit together easily.

Monitoring counselling is necessary when clients are children and young people to ensure safety, accountability and maintenance of standards. We also need to show others that counselling services work well for children and young people.

We can develop our skills for assessing young clients; not relying solely on outcome measurements, rather combining them with our own knowing and the client's self-assessment.

In this chapter:

  • ♦ Dilemmas in assessment
  • ♦ Skills in completing forms
  • ♦ Clients’ suitability for counselling
  • ♦ Including adults ...
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