Counselling for Young People

Counselling for Young People

Counselling for Young People

Counselling for Young People


This book gives a wide picture of the diversity of counselling services available to young people in Britain today, with special focus on schools and young people's counselling services. It sets these services in their historical context and describes how they have evolved. The book puts forward theoretical models for working with young clients and discusses counselling issues as they relate to work with this age group. In addition it considers some of the pitfalls counsellors may encounter in working alongside other professionals and within agencies. It includes discussion on ethical issues, non discriminatory practice, confidentiality and child protection. The book is enlivened by case material and by examples of good practice and interesting initiatives from around the country. It will be of particular interest to counsellors, teachers, youth workers, social workers and counselling students interested in working with this age group.

FeaturesIllustrated throughout with case material

• Wide discussion of ethical issues

• Examples of good practice and new initiatives

• Gives theoretical models for counselling young people


When the older generation complains about adolescents, that they are not as they were in their own younger days, there is a feeling of déjà vu. Did not they hear the same sentiment expressed by their elders? Young people have always been portrayed in the same way, from generation to generation, as pre-occupied with self, with each other, and with knocking the world around them. In fact they need a period of relative freedom, of being able to be immature, although in present day society this is an increasingly problematic and complex time.

Such a picture of perennial adolescence, flowering every year as each cohort reaches the teenage or pubertal watershed has some truth in it. But there may be differences in Britain amongst those who have come to be called 'Thatcher's children'. Many of that age group have not had the opportunities to experiment within a secure framework: unemployment amongst young people means that far too many have been excluded from the hope that employment or apprenticeship brings. They are living in an increasingly materialistic and consumer-driven society that values money and possessions over people, and measures acceptability and status by what you have rather than by what you are. The higher education option may be taken up by more young people (who for at least those three or four years of their degree will have a sense of purpose); but they are now under great financial stresses. That particular group are discussed specifically in another book in this series on counselling in further and higher education. This volume focuses on the younger age group and those who have not entered tertiary education.

The importance of separate services for these young people has . . .

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