More What Works When with Children and Adolescents

A Handbook of Individual Counseling Techniques
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780878226146
Item Number: 5177


This popular second volume provides additional creative counseling strategies, expanded coverage of developmental applications, and over 80 entirely new interventions.

This book is a companion manual to the author’s best-selling, What Works When with Children and Adolescents.

The book addresses both internalizing and externalizing disorders, such as anxiety, depression, stress, grief, low frustration tolerance, anger, bullying, and acting out. It also covers self-defeating behaviors such as self-injury, eating disorders, substance abuse, and suicidal behavior. The interventions teach behavioral and emotional self-control by helping young people understand the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Activities include games, imagery, art and music activities, bibliotherapy, experiential activities, behavioral rehearsal, and more. An accompanying CD provides reproducible forms, worksheets, and student handouts.

The counseling strategies are designed to motivate young clients to participate in their own therapy and learn coping skills that they can use throughout their lifetime for dealing realistically with situational and developmental problems. The counseling approach is based on the principles of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)—a short-term, problem-solving approach that is particularly useful in school settings. The counseling strategies presented are designed to help young people not just feel better, but to help them get better.

  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
  2. Basic Principles of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
    • Basic Principles: The ABC’s of REBT
    • Rational and Irrational Beliefs
    • Disputation
    • Effective New Philosophy, Feelings, and Behaviors
    • Specific Applications to Children and Adolescents
    • Problem Assessment
    • The ABC Process
    • The A—Activating Event
    • The C—Emotional and Behavioral Consequences
    • The B—Beliefs
    • The D—Disputing Irrational Beliefs
    • The E—Effective New Philosophy (Thoughts)
    • The F—Effective New Feelings
    • Homework
    • Evaluation
  3. Interventions for Internalizing Problems
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Stress
    • Grief
  4. Interventions for Externalizing Problems
    • Low Frustration Tolerance
    • Anger
    • Acting Out
    • Bullying
  5. Interventions for Typical Developmental Problems
    • Self-Acceptance
    • Relationships
    • Transitions
  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

In-service training or workshops can be provided for your school, facility, or organization. Dr. Vernon’s workshops are engaging, practical, and highly informative. For more information and available dates, please contact:

Ann Vernon, Ph.D.
Phone 520-405-2622

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