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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 ...

Preparing for the Journey
Preparing for the journey
Introduction

In this chapter, we will consider what is needed to begin counselling children and young people. To be with a young person in the counselling room is both a privilege and a challenge – a privilege as there is the opportunity to know the intimate reality of a young human being's life and a challenge to make best use of the counselling and offer each young person the potential for growth and change.

At the heart of practice are the therapeutic processes and therapeutic alliance. On first meeting a young client, we need to consider how the therapeutic relationship is formed. What will be different in this relationship from being a parent, teacher or friend of the young ...

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