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Facilitating Young People's Development: International perspectives on person-centred theory and practice

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Facilitating children’s and adolescents’ growth has been a challenge and major concern for person-centred work since the beginning of the approach in the 1940s. During the past decade, a shift in this domain has generated numerous new concepts, research and practice, making a considerable impact on both the professional tasks and training of educators, counsellors, and psychotherapists.Facilitating Young People’s Development comprises fifteen original chapters describing this development, preceded by a foreword from Professor Brian Thorne. The chapters began as presentations from a symposium at the 2006 World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling conference in Potsdam, thus reflecting international perspectives. Framed by two chapters from the editors, the book provides a comprehensive overview person-centred work with children, adolescents and parents.

Foreword by Brian Thorne

1. Introduction Relationship and Development: Concepts, practice and research in person-centred work with children, adolescents and parents Michael Behr and Jeffrey HD Cornelius-White

Section 1: Rationales for Person-Centred Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents:
2. Effective Factors in Child and Adolescent Therapy: Considerations for a meta-concept Klaus Fröhlich-Gildhoff
3. What Happens in Child-Centred Play Therapy? Else Döring

Section 2: New Therapeutic Methods with Specific Groups:
4. Sexually Abused Children and Adolescents: A person-centred play therapy protocol Dorothea Hüsson
5. Freeing Children to Tell Their Stories: The utilisation of person-centred and experiential psychotherapy in child welfare investigations Frances Bernard Kominkiewicz
6. Focusing Training for Adolescents with Low Self-Confidence and a Negative Self-Image Erwin Vlerick
7. Person-Centred Interventions with Violent Children and Adolescents Klaus Fröhlich-Gildhoff
8. Peer Group Counselling: A person-centred and experiential treatment for stressed adolescents Ulrike Bächle-Hahn

Section 3: Counselling, Education and Learning in Schools:
9. The Effectiveness of Humanistic Counselling in UK Secondary Schools: Literature review Mick Cooper
10. Japanese Person-Centred School Counselling: Case studies with school non-attendees and Japanese-Koreans Akira Kanazawa and Satoko Wakisaka
11. Reflections on Person-Centred Classroom Discipline Bernie Neville
12. The Use of the Person-Centred Approach for Parent–Teacher Communication: A qualitative study Dagmar Hölldampf, Gernot Aich, Theresa Jakob and Michael Behr
13. The Dialogue between Teachers and Parents: Concepts and outcomes of communication training Susanne Mühlhäuser-Link, Gernot Aich, Simone Wetzel, Georg Kormann and Michael Behr
14. Can Person-Centred Encounter Groups Contribute to Improving Relationships and Learning in Academic Environments? Renate Motschnig-Pitrik

15. Conclusion Themes and Continuing Challenges in Person-Centred Work with Young People Jeffrey HD Cornelius-White and Michael Behr

…brings together chapters from four continents exploring international, multi-context approaches to person-centred work with young people...this is a topical book in the current political climate of state regulation and evidence-based practice. As with the client in therapy, the reader will no doubt take what is useful to him or her from this stimulating collection …Cath Fuller, Counsellor. Reviewed in Therapy Today November 2008.

Jeffrey H D Cornelius-White

Jeffrey H.D. Cornelius-White, PsyD, LPC is Professor of Counseling and doctoral faculty for the Cooperative EdD Program in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis University of Missouri-Columbia, USA. He is also Co-Editor of Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, a former chair of the board of the World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling and editor of other journals. He is author or editor of about 100 publications, including Carl Rogers’ China Diary (PCCS), two interdisciplinary handbooks on the person-centered approach (Springer), and Person-Centered Approaches for Counselors (Sage). His work usually concerns person-centred and social justice issues in counseling  psychology, and education.

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Michael Behr

Michael Behr is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. His research topics are person-centred counselling, child and adolescent psychotherapy, young people’s emotions, and parent–school relationships. He has written several books about school development and person-centred work in education. He is the Director of the person-centred play therapy training course at the University of Education in Schwäbisch Gmünd and at the Stuttgart Institute for Person-Centred Therapy and Counselling, which he co-founded and where he works as a therapist, supervisor, and facilitator.

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