Counselling with Children and Young People provides a distinctive focus on child therapy in school settings, addressing in a unique level of detail. The authors adopt a broad ecosystematic, integrative approach that takes into account the factors of family, school and wider community, placing emphasis on significant development and attachment issues.
Chapter Nine: Creative Therapeutic Interventions
Creative Therapeutic Interventions
This chapter offers a range of practical skills for working with children. These strategies will foster the creation and maintenance of the therapeutic relationship. They include therapist self-care, the therapeutic skills of looking and listening, working with images, and interviewing toys or puppets. Working with sandplay, clay, music, movements and other art forms will be discussed. We believe that the natural language for the expression of emotion in children is through image, metaphor, story and play. Therefore, there is an emphasis on working creatively with a variety of arts media and play to offer hospitality to the psyche's multiplicity of manifestations (McNiff, 2004). The interventions aim to help children process their emotions through ...