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Focusing With Children: the art of communicating with children at school and at home

by Marta Stapert & Erik Verliefde PCCS Books
Pub Date:
09/2008
ISBN:
9781906254087
Format:
Pbk 159 pages
Price:
AU$34.99 NZ$34.77
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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Listening to children is a skill which parents, teachers, caretakers and school counsellors need to employ every day. From a deep respect for the already existing attitude of these adults, the authors offer an extra dimension to the art of communicating with children. This book is about listening in many ways, both to your deepest self and to others. It is listening to what children say, feel, and think, but also to what is deeper than thoughts and feelings.Change in behaviour arises when children learn to listen inwardly, sensing what is bodily felt inside them. This process of change, called 'Focusing', is explained with many examples from the personal experiences of the authors, from their workshops, training and child-therapy sessions. The authors give a structured approach for use in schools and other group situations, but much of it can also be used at home by parents. With this book you can, quite independently, start to accompany children more consciously in their development, and by doing so, you will watch their confidence grow.

What is Focusing?; The Importance of Focusing; Children's Relationship to Focusing; Teaching Focusing to the Individual Child; Teaching Focusing to Groups; Important Refinements; Specific Applications; Focusing Variations; Listening and Mirroring; The Focusing Attitude; Children's Symbols; Introducing Focusing into Different Settings; Especially for Parents; How Adults Focus.

This book will be a valuable resource. I has been written so that it is accessible to those who are just discovering Focusing as well as those who 'know' the process and need a useable resource for teacing it to children (and those who relate to them). Zack Boukydis, Focusing Coordinator, Institute of Psychology, Chicago, USA
Marta Stapert is a child psychotherapist. In April 2008 she was awarded the Knight's Cross of Merit by the Hungarian Government, for bringing this work of Focusing with children to the professional community in Hungary.