• Person-Centred Work with Children and Young People: UK practitioner perspectives

Person-Centred Work with Children and Young People: UK practitioner perspectives

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ISBN 978 1 906254 01 8 (2008)
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Person-Centred Work with Children and Young People 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. Some focus on specific areas such as working with LGB young people, loss and bereavement, self-harm and child protection, emotional literacy in a school and work on the streets with rent boys. Some write about using different expressive media: psychodrama, sandplay and play therapy training and practice.

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, patience, love, commitment, care, attention, humility, courage, sensitivity, 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 will encourage and inspire all those interested in what person-centred practice with children and young people might look and feel like.




The phenomenon of ‘toxic childhood’ from a person-centred perspective. Richard House and Sue Palmer


The politics of adulthood. Ashley Fletcher


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

Our own view is that modern childhood is in crisis—which itself perhaps reflects a crisis of adulthood more generally, and the milieus (family, educational, environmental) that we are creating for our children. These crises demand urgent consideration if the toxic juggernaut is to be halted and reversed. This welcome new book shows how person-centred practice can inform this consideration, and we wish it wide readership. The issues it raises and the responses it champions will be an essential aspect of the healthier future that we all wish to forge for children the world over. Foreword, Richard House and Sue Palmer, November 2007

Suzanne Keys

Suzanne Keys works as a counsellor and supervisor in private practice and in a Sixth Form College in London. She comes from Northern Ireland and has lived and worked in Italy, France and the Ivory Coast, West Africa. She has published chapters in The BAPCA Reader (PCCS Books) and in Experiences of Counsellor Training (Palgrave Macmillan) and a chapter with a young man: 'Disability, Multidimensionality and Love: The politics of a counselling relationship' in Further Education in Politicizing the Person-Centred Approach (PCCS Books). She edited Idiosyncratic Person-Centred Practice and co-edited Person-Centered Work with Children and Young People (both PCCS Books). She has been involved in the committees for BAPCA (British Association for the Person-Centred Approach) and the NEAPCCP (Network of the European Associations for Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy). She is passionate about the person-centred approach and enjoys international conferences. She lives in London with her partner and young son and is increasingly interested in taking time to experience different ways of being.

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Tracey Walshaw

Tracey Walshaw writes: I am a passionate, idiosyncratic and humanly flawed person-centred practitioner, trainer and artist. Play and creativity are at the centre of my being and practice which is probably why I am so attracted to working with children and young people. As well as being an independent counsellor and supervisor, I am currently training to be a sociodramatist which will help me take my person-centredness into the wider social and political context. She can be reached via: traceywalshaw@hotmail.com.

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