By John Sharry
`I suggest this ebook to a person who lives or works with households, young ones or youngsters' - Nurturing power `This is a invaluable booklet, worthy realization in each baby and family members carrier. my very own enterprise has ordered a copy!' - Robert Cumming, Nurturing power `John Sharry's ebook is a jewel within the solution-focused literature. it's essentially and engagingly written, attracts on a bunch of principles from varied healing methods and is choked with functional examples. there is not any greater publication on strengths-based treatment with teenagers and kids. each staff must have one' - Chris Iveson, short treatment perform Counselling kids, teenagers and households describes an cutting edge method of healing paintings which builds at the strengths of kids and their mom and dad. because the author's event indicates, aiding consumers to target power strategies instead of difficulties could be a robust technique of enticing them within the healing procedure, even within the such a lot conflicting relations conditions. Harnessing the client's own, family members and group assets during this approach additionally is helping counteract their emotions of powerlessness and the potential of expanding reliance on expert companies. half One outlines the fundamental ideas of a solution-focused and strengths-based method, tackling such thorny concerns as how and while to exploit analysis. half describes inventive functions of the strategy, utilizing groupwork, play-based actions and video suggestions. half 3, examines useful matters which come up in additional 'difficult' instances, equivalent to baby abuse and suicidal youngsters and youngsters. This e-book is geared toward execs and trainees in fields together with social paintings, psychological wellbeing and fitness, childcare, schooling, psychotherapy and counselling.
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A way of connecting with one client may not work with another. Two different therapists are likely to connect differently with the same client and two different clients are likely to call for different styles of connecting from the same therapist. There are five principles that can help guide this process: 1 2 3 4 5 Empathy, acceptance and genuineness. Respectful curiosity. Problem-free talk. Humour. Self-awareness. These principles should only act as guidelines to you as you attempt to form alliances with your clients.
Coupled with this increasing autonomy is a reduction of the direct influence of parents and teachers and an increase in the influence from peers. As children grow older, and especially when they hit adolescence, they begin to spend more and more time with friends and peers and these relationships become very influential in their lives. Parents and teachers can find it harder to directly influence and direct the children in their charge, or certainly the locus of control has shifted dramatically, and the responsibility for creating change has moved much more to reside with the child.
A turning point in the third session was when I arrived late to see that the youngest girl, who was six, had sat in what was normally my seat and I was left to sit in her smaller ‘child’ seat. ’ In a playful mood she answered yes. ’ I asked her. ’ This opened up a conversation in the family about how they felt about their father’s absence and it freed up the older son to talk a little more about his feelings, which proved to be of great benefit to him. This little girl, who might have been excluded from the therapy because of her age, was able to make a valuable contribution.