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Working with Children: Assessment, Representation and Intervention

by T Billington SAGE Publications Ltd
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`This is a book that poses questions, asks the reader to contain the experience of anxiety and ambivalence, and purports a healthy criticality with respect to the ways we represent children and adolescents. Chock full of compassionately portrayed case material,

Introduction Thinking About Young People And Childhood Young People And The Children's Workforce Assessing Children And Young People In Social Contexts Representing Children And Young People In Assessments Children Feeling, Thinking And Learning Voices Of Children And Young People In Assessment Working With Autistic Children Narrative Science Ethics, Commitment And The Limits of Advocacy: Public And Private Lives

'Here is a much neede, academically reasoned and contextualised statement of ideology for professional practice. For professionals who strive to understand, represent and respond to the 'voice of the child' with pragma and respect, this is an important text' - Debate ' expertise and his commitment to working with excluded and marginalised children shines through this thoroughly engaging book... The vignettes of children from his own professional caseload are insightful, moving and thought-provoking, and I believe anyone working with children would gain much from these alone, never mind the rest of the book' - Therapy Today 'The chapter on 'Working with autistic children' shows, thoughtfully and precisely, how continuing reflection on the experience of autistic children, and our response as professionals, to them, provides as opportunity not only to think about the child in question, but also about ourselves as experimental beings... Billington's book, then serves as an excellent guide for students pursuing professional training, as well as operating as a resource for more experienced child health specialists' - YoungMinds Magazine 'Chock full of compassionately portrayed case material, 'Working With Children' left me wondering-wondering about my own lived experience as a practitioner' -CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY Michael Axelman Contemporary Psychology
Much of Tom Billington's research focuses on the professional practices of Educational and Child Psychologists, in particular, the nature of work conducted with children and young people and the theoretical bases upon which practice is justified. He has published extensively in this area and has for many years sought to inform the development of practitioner assessments and interventions which are both ethical and effective through expanding the base of research evidence beyond reductionist psychopathologies. In particular, he has been locating Educational Psychology within the context of a much broader critical theoretical framework (Billington, 1997).Tom has specialized in qualitative research methodologies, especially discourse analytic, psychodynamic and narrative approaches in individual case work with children and young people, their families and schools. Of particular concern is the power of psychological discourses as exercised by practitioners, focusing on fundamental questions as to how we go about our work; for example, `how do we speak of children? How do we speak with children? How do we write about children? How do we listen to children? How do we listen to ourselves (when working with children)? (Billington, 2006).His published work includes books and journal articles and he has presented at many conferences, including keynotes, both in the UK and internationally. Much of TomA┬┤s work explores the researcher-practitioner model, especially in inter-disciplinary and multi-agency contexts and he is a member of the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth at the University and part of SheffieldA┬┤s commitment to the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).