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Relationship Counselling for Children, Young People and Families

Relationship Counselling for Children, Young People and Families

December 2008 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book is a practical skills-based introduction to relationship counseling. It covers couple counseling for parents, whole family counseling, and counseling for children and young people with regard to their relationships with siblings, peers, and parents.

Key Features

  • Offers an introduction to relationship counseling theory and concepts
  • Includes discussion of the importance of relying on a clearly defined theory of change
  • Examines ways to address parenting issues
  • Provides an exploration of confidentiality, disclosing inappropriate behavior and personal safety

Kathryn and David Geldard present an integrative model of relationship counseling which combines skills and strategies from a number of approaches. Their practical guide integrates individual and subgroup counseling with whole family counseling, providing much-needed material on methods and approaches for communicating with children and young people.

The book will be invaluable to new relationship counselors learning the skills required in order to bring about change, and will be a useful reference book for experienced counselors.

PART ONE: Overview of Relationship Counselling
Established Models of Relationship Counselling
The CACHO Model of Integrative Relationship Counselling
Use of a Co-Therapist and/or Reflecting Team
Relationship Counselling Skills
PART TWO: Relationship Counselling for the Family
The Family
Family Interactions
The Initial Contact with a Family Before Counselling Begins
Helping the Family to Communicate In the First Session
Raising The Family’s Awareness of Family Dynamics
Integrating Individual Counselling With Whole Family Work
PART THREE: Relationship Counselling for the Child
Helping the Child Talk about Their Relationships
Exploring The Child’s Relationships with Parents and Siblings
Addressing The Child’s Relationships with Parents and Siblings
Addressing The Child’s Relationships with Peers, Teachers and Other Adults
PART FOUR: Relationship Counselling for Young People
Helping Young People to Talk About Their Relationships
Attending to the Young Person’s Relationships within the Family
Focusing on the Young Person’s Relationships with Peers
Addressing The Young Person’s Relationships with Teachers, Employers and Other Adults
PART FIVE: Relationship Counselling for Parents
Helping Parents Address Their Relationship Issues
Enabling Parents to Address Parenting Problems and Differences
Addressing Parenting Issues in the Blended Family

Another excellence textbook from the Geldard & Geldard collection.
A must for any Counsellor and Psychotherapist / Play Therapist working with children, young people and families.

Mrs Gisela Oates
Gisela Oates Faculty Office, PCI College
September 17, 2014

Excellent book to enhance understanding of relationship counselling. Useful for professionals working or studying within the field of education as well as therapeutic work. Particularly useful for those professionals undertaking work with parents and children of all ages.

Ms Karen Roper
Business, care and teacher training, Yeovil College
August 10, 2014

This is yet another excellent text from Geldard & Geldard. A broad range of issues are addressed with superb clarity. This is recommended reading for our Counselling Children and Young People module.

Dr Bill Naylor
Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University
September 9, 2013

A great publication for both training and trained therapists to support the often complex issues faced into today's modern family life.

Easy to read and laid out well, with the author supporting themes and topics in a systematic way.

Mr Richard Carroll
School of Health , Guildford College of Further and Higher Education
January 27, 2012

This text is an overall introduction to theory as well as a source of practical ideas for working with children, young people and familial relationships.
It includes concise diagrams and tables throughout. The ‘questions for group discussions or student assignments’ sections make it a good teaching aid and a useful additional text on Counselling Diploma level courses
Those familiar with the Geldards’ clear, accessible writing style will not be disappointed.

Ms Janie Dickson
CPPD, University of Bristol
October 10, 2011

Many of our students are working with young people and this book fills an important gap in the available literature.

Louise Young
Sch of Education & Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia
March 14, 2011

very clear, easy to read and accessible for students

Mrs Karen McInnes
HaSS, Glamorgan University
November 15, 2010

A useful addition to using counselling skills with young people and parents. Accessible style to dip into.

Ms Gillie Stoneham
School of Health, College of St Mark and St John
October 27, 2010

An interesting coverage of aspects of direct work with children which will support student understanding of the therapeutic processes involved. Good literature base.

Mr David Yandell
Psychology , Canterbury Christ Church University
December 6, 2009

This book provides good reference for students who work with children on a 1:1 basis and develop unique relationships. It is vital to know the extent to which they are equipped to 'counsel'.
The text is also very good for citing other sources in this area of study.

Special Education , University of Wales, Newport
November 14, 2009

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction PDF

Part One PDF

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