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Person-Centred Work With Children and Young People: UK Practitioner Experiences

by Suzanne Keys & Tracey Walshaw PCCS Books
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Pbk 156 pages
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This is a book by practitioners for practitioners. Love, respect and time for listening to children and young people are what the person-centred psychotherapists and psychologists contributing to this volume have in common. They do this in a multiplicity of settings including primary and secondary education, a pupil referral unit, voluntary agencies, adoption services, hospital, hospice, community and the streets. All contributors give examples of their work with particular children and young people, aged from two to eighteen. They all share something of how they embody person-centred theory in their work, often engaging with the systems which impact on their work in the therapy room. They are all imbued with person-centred qualities, values and principles including respect, acceptance, empathy, awareness and self-questioning. All describe how much they have learnt from working with children and young people. The inherent political and systemic aspects of this work are highlighted throughout the book, which we hope will encourage and inspire all those interested in what person-centred practice with children and young people might look and feel like.

Setting the Scene. Richard House and Sue Palmer: The Phenomenon of 'Toxic Childhood' from a Person-Centred Perspective 1.Tracey Walshaw: Creative Discernment: The key to the training and practice of person-centred play therapists 2. Cate Kelly: 'This Is No Ordinary Play': The influence of training on developing the play therapy relationship 3. Tracey Walshaw: Three years as a Person-Centred Counsellor in a Primary School 4. Jo Woodhouse: Sandplay: 'Growing ground' in person-centred play therapy' 5. Gill Clarke: The Risks and Costs of Learning to Trust the Client's Process when Working with Vulnerable Young People 6. Sue Hawkins: Working at Relational Depth with Adolescents in Schools: A person-centred psychologist's perspective 7. Nadine Littledale: Seal'd Respect: An emotional literacy group in a secondary school 8. Suzanne Keys: Widening Participation: A counselling service in a sixth form college 9. Tracey Walshaw: The Buzz: A person-centred pupil referral unit10. Cate Kelly: Adoption and the Person-Centred Approach: Working for the child 11. Julie West: Child- Centred Negotiation: Children participating in collective decision making 12. Ashley Fletcher: Rent Boys 13. Lisa Anthony: Working with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Young People 14. Seamus Nash: Exploring Issues of Bereavement and Loss with Children and Young People: A person-centred perspective 15. Sheila C Youngson: The Wisdom of Little People: A reflection on forty years of personal and professional learning

the fact that a wider range of client groups are included than is usually found in the literature referring to young people Also, it is a reminder of the importance of resourcing early intervention and preventative work in the field of therapeutic work with young people. Pat Havell, Counsellor, ACPNL Magazine, UK, October 2009
Suzanne Keys is a counsellor in a sixth form college. She has published and edited work on person-centred therapy and love, ethics, politics, prayer, human rights, gender, and idiosyncratic practice. She is increasingly interested in taking time to experience different ways of being. Tracey Walshaw is a person-centred practitioner, trainer, and artist. In addition to being and independent counsellor and superviser. She has studied sociodrama to help her person-centredness into the wider social and political context.