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What Works When with Children and Adolescents
A Handbook of Individual Counseling Techniques
by Dr. Ann Vernon

It offers over 100 creative activities and effective interventions for individual counseling with children and adolescents (ages 6-18). The activities include stories, songs, games, worksheets, role plays, and other strategies that address problems, such as anger, anxiety/worry, depression, underachievement, procrastination, perfectionism, self-downing, and acting out.

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This practical handbook is designed for counselors, social workers, and psychologists in schools and mental health settings. It offers over 100 creative activities and effective interventions for individual counseling with children and adolescents (ages 6-18). The activities include stories, songs, games, worksheets, role plays, and other strategies that address problems, such as anger, anxiety/worry, depression, underachievement, procrastination, perfectionism, self-downing, and acting out. The interventions, which are based on the principles of rational emotive behavior therapy, can be used for helping students with normal developmental issues as well as for helping those with more serious emotional or behavioral problems. Dr. Vernon provides strategies for establishing a therapeutic relationship with students who are sometimes apprehensive or opposed to counseling. Several case studies are included to help illustrate the counseling techniques and interventions. The book also includes a chapter on working with parents and teachers.

8 ½ x 11, 344 pages

Chapter 1: Considerations in Working with Young Clients

  • Developmental Considerations
    • Early Childhood
    • Middle Childhood
    • Early Adolescence
    • Mid-Adolescence
  • Implications of Developmental Stages
  • Relationship between REBT and Development
  • The Therapeutic Relationship
  • Building Rapport
    • Strategies for Building Rapport with Children (Ages 5 to 10)
    • Strategies for Building Rapport with Adolescents (Ages 11 to 18)
  • Establishing Goals

Chapter 2: Basic Principles of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
  • Basic Principles: The ABC’s of REBT
    • Irrational Beliefs
    • Disputation
    • Rational Beliefs/Moderation of Feelings and Behaviors
  • Specific Applications to Children and Adolescents
    • Problem Assessment
    • The ABC Process
    • Homework
    • Evaluation

Chapter 3: Interventions for Internalizing Problems
  • Self-Downing
  • Anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Guilt
  • Depression
  • Case Study
    • Summary of Case Study

Chapter 4: Interventions for Externalizing Problems
  • Anger
  • Acting Out
  • Procrastination
  • Underachievement
  • Case Study
    • Summary of Case Study

Chapter 5: Interventions for Typical Developmental Problems
  • Relationships
  • Performance and Competition
  • Self-Consciousness
  • Transitions
  • Case Study
    • Summary of Case Study

Chapter 6: Applications for Parents and Teachers
  • Problem Assessment
  • Identifying Irrational Beliefs
  • Disputing Irrational Beliefs
  • Teaching and Parenting Styles
    • Authoritarian Style
    • Permissive Style
    • Authoritative Style
  • Solving the Practical Problem
    • Logical Consequences
    • Communication Techniques: What Doesn’t Work and What Does
  • Rational Emotive Education
  • Case Study
    • Summary of Case Study

Appendix: Game Board

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