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The Handbook of Counselling Children and Young People

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This landmark handbook brings together the fundamentals of counselling children and young people theory, research, skills and practice. It addresses what every successful trainee or practitioner needs to know in a way that is comprehensive, accessible and jargon-free. 

Divided into four parts, it covers: 

•theory and practice approaches, including chapters on child development, person-centred, psychodynamic, CBT, Gestalt approaches, and more 

•counselling process, including chapters on the therapeutic relationship, skills, groupwork, supervision 

•practice issues, including chapters on law and policy, ethics, diversity, challenging behaviour

•practice settings, including chapters on health and social care settings, school and education, multi-agency and collaboration. 

Each chapter includes an introduction and summary, reflective questions and activities, helping trainees to cement their learning. With chapters contributed by leading experts and academics in the field, this book is essential reading for trainees and practitioners working with children and young people.




This is a book which all practitioners, who work therapeutically with children and young people, will find indispensable. An unrivalled array of expertise from across the field provides a comprehensive overview of good practice and cutting edge developments in the field. Each contributor prizes the individuality of each child or young person, while also evincing valuable principles germane to the therapeutic setting as well as the wider professional context. The book is framed by the recognition for the need for fuller knowledge and professional expertise specific to counselling and therapeutic work with children and young people, and represents an essential guide to addressing the Counselling Competencies set out by BACP for work in this field.

The layout of the book is very accessible and allows for the reader to focus on a specific theme, or draw on the remarkable range provided across the book, to support their practice or studies.

The four sections: Theory and Practice Approaches; The Counselling Process; Practice Issues and Practice Settings work well as stand alone sections, while also providing clear links across the book.

Relevant and powerful case studies bring the principles to life. At a time when the need for and lsquo;joined up working and rsquo; between practitioners supporting vulnerable children and young people is at the forefront of good practice, The Handbook of Counselling Children and Young People puts itself ahead of the field in providing a unique overview for professionals and trainees.

Amongst other things, it provides critiques of theoretical models for practice, valuable insights into working with individual mental health needs and ethics, organisational considerations for best practice and emerging developments such as online counselling.


Maggie Robson is a senior lecturer at Keele University where she is responsible for the professional counsellor training programmes to Masters level. She is also a qualified play therapist and has a special interest in working with, and researching, children's bereavement. She has taught play therapy programmes in the UK, Kenya and the US and trained the first play therapy supervisors in Kenya. In her free time she is a bit of a water baby and enjoys sailing, canoeing and swimming.  

Ann Beynon  has worked as a teacher, counsellor, trainer and Service manager for the last 40 years. She is convinced of the eclectic role of the counsellor in the development of effective learning relationships in educational and community settings. This conviction led her to focus on ways of developing integrated time for reflection, for teachers. To this end, she researched the application of a non-management therapeutic model of supervision within the educational context. Based on positive findings from this research, she has now established a Service which provides regular Structured Time for Reflection, for head teachers and their staff.


Editors: Sue Pattison, Maggie Robson and Ann Beynon  Pub Nov 2014 UK  Pbk  528 Pages


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