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Working with Children: Assessment, Representation and Intervention

by T Billington SAGE Publications Ltd
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Written for professionals working with children and young people who require support, assessment or intervention at home or in school, this interdisciplinary book explores everything from the legislative background and foundations of ideas in the social sciences, to dealing with children's distress, fear or special needs in professional practice.

The book is an excellent resource for those who either work with children in CAMHS settings, social work, youth work, counselling, psychology, general education and special educational needs or who are undertaking professional training in any of the above fields.

Introduction / Thinking About Young People And Childhood / History And Context / Young People And The Children's Workforce / Inequality And Exclusion At The Boundaries Of Change / Assessing Children And Young People In Social Contexts / Representing Children And Young People In Assessments / Revealing Social Theory Choices Through Psychological Discourse / Children Feeling, Thinking And Learning / New Theory, New Science / Voices Of Children And Young People In Assessment / Theory, Methodology And Practice / Working With Autistic Children / Sense, Experience And The Challenge For Services And Practices / Narrative Science

"Chock full of compassionately portrayed case material, 'Working With Children' left me wondering'wondering about my own lived experience as a practitioner" '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).