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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 special needs groups. 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 - as well as adult-trained therapists - 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.
Table of Contents
|Theory and Practice|
|The Person-Centred Approach/Introduction to the Book|
|Child-Centred Therapy: An Introduction|
|Associated Child-Related Theories and Culture|
|The Emerging Child-Centred Practitioner|
|Child-Centred Therapy: Developing Practice|
|Child-Centred Therapy for Children with Special Needs|
|Practical Play Therapy|
|Childhood Experience and Adult Lives|
|Receiving Referrals and Communications|
|Challenges of Boundaries in Counselling|
|Legal and Ethical Considerations|
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