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Counselling Children, Adolescents and Families


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Foreword - Scott D Miller PART ONE: BASICS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE APPROACH Establishing the Context Guiding Principles of Practice Engaging and Motivating Families Becoming Child and Adolescent Centred The Structure of a Strengths-Based Session Constructive Understanding Formulation and Diagnosis PART TWO: SPECIFIC SOLUTIONS AND APPLICATIONS Strength in Numbers Parenting Groups Groupwork with Children and Adolescents Pausing at Solutions - John Sharry, Grainne Hampson and Mary Fanning Strengths-Based Video Feedback Defeating Temper A Case Study PART THREE: SOME CHALLENGING CONTEXTS Working with Suicidal Adolescents - John Sharry, Melissa Darmody and Brendan Madden Working with Child Abuse and Neglect - John Sharry and Declan Coogan

About the Author

John Sharry is Principal Social Worker in the Department of Child and Family Psychiatry at Mater Hospital, Dublin. He is also the author of Solution-Focused Groupwork (SAGE, 2001).


`This is a valuable book, worth attention in every child and family service. My own agency has ordered a copy!' - Robert Cumming, Nurturing Potential `This book is highly recommended for counsellors, social workers and students. It is also an excellent resource for therapists who are interested in exploring alternative approaches to intervention. The simple language and expression makes the book a joy to read and the information easy to digest` - Journal of Family Studies `John Sharry's book is a jewel in the solution focused literature. It is clearly and engagingly written, draws on a host of ideas from different therapeutic approaches and is packed with practical examples. There is no better book on strengths-based therapy with children and adolescents. Every team should have one' - Chris Iveson, Brief Therapy Practice
"It took me a long time to read this book. It is just that I found the pages so rich in ideas to engage clients and to focus on possible solutions that I deeded to stop and reflect and absorb what I had read. By his practical approach to the work, illustrated throughout the text by an array of real case examples, Sharry has produced a rich resource from which the reader can consider the ideas, reflect upon them and integrate them into his/her own practice. Taking a long time to read it is the only way to do this properly." -- Tim Looker * Steinkopff Springer Darmstadt *

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