Title Counseling Children & Adolescents, 5/e
Author Ann Vernon, Christine J. Schimmel
ISBN 9781516531196
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 568
Book size 203 X 267 mm
Publishing year 2019
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“This text offers an approachable application to counseling children and teens. The conversational tone makes it palatable; the terrific content makes it relevant.”

—Elizabeth Keller-Dupree, Associate Professor of Psychology, Northeastern State University


“This text is by far the best I have used in my 20 plus years as a counselor educator for our counseling children and counseling adolescents courses. It provides just the right mix of current research and theory along with concise case examples that bring to life the most important content. The topics covered are especially appropriate for our school counseling M.Ed. students.”

—Greg Brigman, Ph.D., Professor of Counselor Education, Florida Atlantic University


“Well-organized book that is easy to read. Every chapter starts with a case example that sets the tone for the material that will be discussed. Authors provide multiple examples and developmentally appropriate interventions that make the book even more valuable.”

—Hanna Lainas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Texas A&M International University


Counseling Children and Adolescents provides readers with a comprehensive exploration of the practice of counseling young clients. The book introduces several theories that have proven effective with young clients, then couples that information with developmentally and culturally appropriate interventions and counseling techniques. Theories addressed include developmental theory, play therapy, brief counseling, reality therapy, and rational-emotive behavior therapy. Each theory is described with specific applications with children and adolescents.

Additional chapters explore working with at-risk youth, exceptional children, and youth affected by challenging circumstances. Other topics addressed in the text include working with parents and families in school and mental health counseling, basic counseling skills and ethical considerations specific to children and adolescents, creative counseling interventions, counseling children from diverse backgrounds, and working with youth in small groups. Each chapter includes case studies, step-by-step processes, Voices from the Field, educational vignettes, and student exercises to the bridge the gap from theory to practice.

This updated edition of Counseling Children and Adolescents features highly informative chapters and information based on rich experience of the authors. With an emphasis on practical applications and empirically-based approaches, it is ideal for graduate-level courses in counseling, psychology, marriage and family, or social work, as well as for practitioners working with young clients.



About the Editors

About the Contributors

CHAPTER 1: Working with Children, Adolescents, and Their Parents: Practical Applications of Developmental Theory
Ann Vernon and Pei-Chun Chen

Learning Objectives • A Developmental Model • Developmental Characteristics of Early Childhood • Developmental Characteristics of Middle Childhood • Developmental Characteristics of Early Adolescence • Developmental Characteristics of Mid-Adolescence • Take-Aways from Chapter 1 • Helpful Websites • Practical Resources • References

CHAPTER 2: The Individual Counseling Process
Sarah I. Springer, Jean Sunde Peterson, Lauren Moss, and Ann Vernon

Learning Objectives • Considerations for Working With Young Clients • Why Do Children and Adolescents Need Counseling? • Basic Counseling Skills • Other Words of Wisdom • The Counseling Process • Ethical and Legal Issues • Take-Aways From Chapter 2 • Helpful Websites • Practical Resources • References

CHAPTER 3: Creative Arts Interventions
 Ann Vernon

Learning Objectives • Top 12 Reasons for Using Creative Arts • Play and Games • Therapeutic Writing • Music • Visual Arts • Literature • Drama • Take-Aways From Chapter 3 • Helpful Websites • Practical Resources • References

CHAPTER 4: Play Therapy
Rebecca Dickinson and Terry Kottman

Learning Objectives • Appropriate Clients for Play Therapy • Goals of Play Therapy • Setting Up a Play Therapy Space • Basic Play Therapy Skills • Theoretical Approaches to Play Therapy • Multicultural Implications for Play Therapy • Working With Parents and Teachers • Training and Experience Required for Play Therapists • Take-Aways From Chapter 4 • Helpful Websites • Practical Resources • References

CHAPTER 5: Solution-Focused Brief Counseling
Russell A. Sabella

Learning Objectives • What Is Solution-Focused Brief Counseling? • The Nature of the Counseling Relationship • Problem Assessment • The Individual Counseling Process • Five General Steps in SFBC • Four Ways to Move From Complaints and Wishes to Goals • Three Criteria for Effective Solution-Focused Goals • Where Do I Start? • Refocusing From External to Internal • Involving All Stakeholders • Solution-Focused Parent Conferences • The PMS Approach to SFBC • Classroom and Small Group Applications • Take-Aways From Chapter 5 • Helpful Websites • Practical Resources • References

CHAPTER 6: Reality Therapy
Robert E. Wubbolding

Learning Objectives • Choice Theory/Reality Therapy: A Universal System • Choice Theory—The Basis for Reality Therapy • Human Behavior—Through the Lens of Choice Theory • Perceptual System • Using Reality Therapy • The WDEP System of Reality Therapy • Reflecting the WDEP System • Reality Therapy and Diversity • Applications With Parents and Teachers • Using Reality Therapy in Groups • Reality Therapy in the Classroom • Take-Aways From Chapter 6 • Helpful Websites • Practical Resources • References

CHAPTER 7: Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy
Ann Vernon

Learning Objectives • Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy: An Overview • Rationale for Using REBT With Children and Adolescents • Key Theoretical Concepts and Basic Principles • The A-B-C Model • The C.A.T. Model • Rational-Emotive Education (REE) • REBT Applications With Parents and Teachers • Take-Aways From Chapter 7 • Helpful Websites • Practical Resources • References

CHAPTER 8: Counseling Children and Adolescents With Exceptionalities
Tori Stone and Pamelia E. Brott

Learning Objectives • Introduction to Exceptionality • Students With Disabilities in Schools • Understanding Exceptionality • Counseling Children and Adolescents With Exceptionalities • Theory-Based Interventions • Take-Aways From Chapter 8 • Helpful Websites • Practical Resources • References

CHAPTER 9: Counseling Children and Adolescents From Diverse Backgrounds
Darcie Davis-Gage

Learning Objectives • A Diverse Nation • Examining Counselor Bias • Acculturation and Ethnic Identity Formation • Ethnically Diverse Children and Adolescents • Immigrants • Gender • Spirituality and Religion • Counseling Interventions With Diverse Youth • Take-Aways From Chapter 9 • Helpful Websites • Practical Resources • References

CHAPTER 10: Children and Challenges: Counseling from a Growth Mind-set Perspective
Monica Leppma & Christine J. Schimmel (with contributions by Anna Simmons)

Learning Objectives • Resilience • Protective Factors in Resilient Children and Adolescents • Growth Mind-set vs. Fixed Mind-set • Counseling Children and Adolescents From Various Types of Family Structures • Challenges Faced by Children and Adolescents With Eating and Feeding Disorders • Challenges Faced by LGBTQIA+ Children and Adolescents • Counseling Children Who Are Victims of Bullying or Harassment • Counseling Grieving Children and Adolescents • Take-Aways From Chapter 10 • Helpful Websites • Practical Resources • References

CHAPTER 11: Counseling At-Risk Children and Adolescents
Jennifer E. Randall Reyes and Monica Leppma

Learning Objectives • Defining At-Risk Youth • Defining Adverse Childhood Experiences • Adverse Childhood Experiences and Developmental Consequences • Systemic Societal Consequences That Contribute to Trauma • Counseling At-Risk Children and Adolescents With Trauma Symptoms • A Framework for Working With At-Risk Children and Adolescents • Take-Aways From Chapter 11 • Helpful Websites • Practical Resources • Programs • References

CHAPTER 12: Small Group Counseling
Christine J. Schimmel and Ed Jacobs

Learning Objectives • Reasons for Leading Groups With Children and Adolescents • Stages of Groups • Common Issues in Leading Groups With Children and Adolescents • Types of Groups for Children and Adolescents • Deciding What Groups to Offer • Group Formation • Essential Leadership Skills • Take-Aways From Chapter 12 • Helpful Websites • Practical Resources • References

CHAPTER 13: Working With Parents
Ann Vernon and Monica Leppma

Learning Objectives • The Challenges of Parenting • Parent Education and Consultation • Cultural Considerations in Working With Parents • Parent Education Programs • Organizing a Parent Education Program • Parent Consultation • General Parenting Information • Take-Aways From Chapter 13 • Helpful Websites • Practical Resources • References

CHAPTER 14: Working With Families
Katherine M. Hermann-Turner and Esther N. Benoit

Learning Objectives • Why Focus on the Family? • Family Counseling • Application of a Systemic Perspective • Family Theory • The Therapeutic Process • Family Counseling in Schools • Special Considerations in Working With Families • Take-Aways From Chapter 14 • Helpful Websites • Practical Resources • References



About the Editors:

ANN VERNON, PH.D., is professor emerita at the University of Northern Iowa where she coordinated the school and mental health counseling programs for many years. In addition, she had a large private practice, specializing in counseling children, adolescents, and their parents. Dr. Vernon has written over 25 books, as well as many invited book chapters and refereed journal articles. These publications, including What Works When with Children and Adolescents and the Thinking, Feeling, Behaving emotional education curriculums, focus on practical interventions that help enhance young people’s social/emotional development. Dr. Vernon has held various leadership positions in professional counseling organizations, founded the ACES women’s retreats, is an ACA fellow, and was the second person to be awarded diplomate status through the Albert Ellis Institute. Dr. Vernon, a former school counselor, conducts workshops and in-depth trainings on topics related to her areas of expertise: parenting, developmental considerations in counseling children and adolescents, interventions for internalizing disorders, creative counseling techniques, and counseling couples. Currently, she trains counseling practitioners in various parts of the world to apply rational-emotive behavior therapy with children and adolescents, as well as with adults. She is the president of the Albert Ellis Institute and is considered the leading international expert in applications of REBT with children and adolescents.

CHRISTINE J. SCHIMMEL, ED.D., LPC, is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University. Dr. Schimmel coordinates the school counseling program and specifically focuses on working with and training school counselors. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, she was a school counselor. Dr. Schimmel has devoted over 20 years to providing staff development and workshops on topics relevant to both clinical mental health and school counselors. She has presented on topics such as impact therapy, creative counseling techniques, counseling theory, dealing with challenging students, and group counseling. Dr. Schimmel has published more than 10 articles, book chapters, and monographs on these subjects as well. Along with her colleague, Dr. Ed Jacobs, they have published one of the most widely used group counseling textbooks on the market, Group Counseling: Strategies and Skills, which is now in its eighth edition.


Target Audience:

It is ideal for graduate-level courses in counseling, psychology, marriage and family, or social work, as well as for practitioners working with young clients.

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