ERIC Number: ED408529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Tough Kids, Cool Counseling: User-Friendly Approaches with Challenging Youth.
Sommers-Flanagan, John; Sommers-Flanagan, Rita
All too frequently, young people resist counseling efforts. Some ways to foster a positive therapeutic relationship with young, resistant clients are described in this book. The text promotes a relationship-oriented approach, exploring ways in which counselors can capture the interest, attention, and motivation of these clients. The volume is divided into three parts. Part 1, "User-Friendly Foundations," presents strategies to understand and emotionally connect with young clients. Counseling with young people is seen as analogous to cross-cultural counseling and so physical, social, and psychological aspects of childhood are considered. Part 2, "User-Friendly Strategies," offers a number of techniques that can be used in a variety of counseling situations. Tips are given on how to quickly modify client emotional states, and methods are offered in which user-friendly treatment techniques can be used to change maladaptive cognitions, behaviors, and interpersonal relationships. Strategies such as indirect and directive storytelling and approaches to parent education and training are also described. Part 3, "Special Topics in Treating Young Clients," examines such issues as suicide assessment and management, offers tips on when to refer clients for medication evaluations, and explores issues related to therapy termination. Contains an index and approximately 300 references. (RJM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Aggression, Attention Deficit Disorders, Change Strategies, Children, Counseling Psychology, Counseling Techniques, Counselor Client Relationship, Elementary Secondary Education, Hypnosis, Objectives, Parent Education, Story Telling, Youth Problems
American Counseling Association, 5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304 (Order No. 72642).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA.