1st Edition

Counseling Children and Adolescents Cultivating Empathic Connection

By Rebekah Byrd, Chad Luke Copyright 2021
    370 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    370 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Counseling Children and Adolescents focuses on relationship building and creating a deep level of understanding of developmental, attachment, and brain-based information.

    Chapters place a clear emphasis on building strengths and developing empathy, awareness, and skills. By going beyond theory, and offering a strengths-based, attachment, neuro- and trauma-informed perspective, this text offers real-world situations and tried and true techniques for working with children and adolescents. Grounded in research and multicultural competency, the book focuses on encouragement, recognizing resiliency, and empowerment.

    This book is an ideal guide for counselors looking for developmentally appropriate strategies to empower children and adolescents.

    Part 1: Knowledge 1. Introduction and Recognition of the Privilege of Counseling Children and Adolescents 2. Strategies and Interventions for Empathic Connection 3. A Review of Theories as related to Children and Adolescents 4. Understanding Attachment and Development Aspects of Children and Adolescents Part 2: Awareness 5. Legal and Ethical Implication for Working with Minors 6. Family Counseling 7. Parents, Caregivers, and Supportive Adults 8. Trauma and the Child and Adolescent Brain 9. At-Promise Children and Adolescents Part 3: Specific Skills, Theories, and Techniques 10. Children and Adolescents with Myriad Presenting Concerns 11. Grief and Loss Issues in Children and Adolescents 12. Working with Trans and Gender Expansive Children and Adolescents 13. LGB Children and Adolescents 14. Celebrating Diversity 15. Play Therapy 16. Sandtay Therapy 17. Mindfulness Techniques for Working with Children and Adolescents 18. Expressive and Experiential Techniques Appendix


    Rebekah Byrd, PhD, LPC, (TN), LCMHC (NC), NCC, RPT-S, ACS, is an associate professor of counseling and the clinical experiences coordinator at Sacred Heart University.

    Chad Luke, PhD, LPC/MHSP (TN), NCC, ACS, MAC, is an associate professor of counseling at Tennessee Tech University.

    "Byrd and Luke have created a meaningful text focused on strengths-based approaches with an emphasis on multicultural sensitivity and social justice. At the heart of this book is respect and admiration for child and adolescent clients and for reaching an often-underserved population." Bradley T. Erford, PhD, professor in the Department of Human Development Counseling at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and former president of the American Counseling Association

    "Master’s level counselor education programs primarily prepare counselors to work with adults. In this comprehensive book, the experienced authors do a masterful job of teaching counselors how to use a strengths-based approach when counseling children and adolescents." Theodore P. Remley, Jr, contributing faculty member in the PhD program in counselor education and supervision at Walden University and professor of counseling at the University of Holy Cross

    "This long-awaited textbook resonates with me. It imparts extensive wisdom and knowledge, sustains a strengths-based lens throughout its chapters, instills hopes, and promotes growth for child clinicians and clinicians to be." Yumiko Ogawa, PhD, associate professor at the Department of Counselor Education at New Jersey City University