In common with Therapeutic Practice in Schools: Working with the Child Within (Routledge 2012), this second volume serves as a practical handbook for school-based counsellors, psychotherapists, arts therapists and play therapists working with young people. Written in accessible language, it is eminently applicable to the practice of both qualified and trainee therapists.
Therapeutic Practice in Schools: The Contemporary Adolescent begins with an overview of key psychoanalytic ideas informing our understanding of adolescence before moving on to focus on life circumstances and issues which commonly bring young people to the therapist’s consulting room in the school. Dedicated chapters on key themes including identity, relationships, sex and sexuality, anger issues, self-harm, bereavement and bullying aim to deepen our understanding of the adolescent experience while also providing the therapist with invaluable insights into what one might say in the ‘here and now’ of the session. Chapter authors, all with considerable experience in the field, discuss approaches to sustaining the therapeutic relationship in the face of ambivalence or defiant resistance as well as thinking about the impact of social media on all aspects of adolescent development. The advantages and limitations of working with adolescents in the educational setting where school staff will have their own reasons for referring students for therapy, while the young people themselves might come with a very different agenda, are also covered.
It is widely acknowledged that engaging troubled or troublesome adolescents in therapy can make an enormous difference to their lives. This book ensures that both trainee and qualified therapists are supported in the often daunting yet ever stimulating and enlivening task of working with young people in the school setting.
Table of Contents
Wilson, Foreword. French, Klein, Introduction. Part I: The Context. Kegerreis, Working with Adolescents. Dover, The Impact of Early Attachment Patterns on Adolescent Development. Gould, Keeping the School in Mind: An Example of a Therapy Service Contributing to the Wellbeing of the Whole School. Klein, The Impact of Social Media on Young People. French, Lund, Engaging Adolescents in the School Setting. Doran, French, Beginning and Ending Sessions in School-based therapy: Reflecting on Assessment and Evaluation Processes. Part 2: Common Themes. Putzu-Williams, Understanding Anger. French, Working with Clients Drawn to Self-Harm. Evans, The Bereaved Adolescent. Ojumu, The Pupil at Risk of Exclusion. Berg, The Impact of Internal and External Authority Figures in Adolescence. French, Relationships, Sex and Sexuality. Klein, The Nuances of Difference in the Therapeutic Relationship. Craig, Bullying: The Real and the Virtual Encounter. Trevatt, Understanding Peer Relations in Adolescence - Group or Gang? Cottis, Working in Schools with Teenagers on the Autistic Spectrum. Jones, Working with Year 7 Pupils.Part 3: Using Creative Approaches and Applied Therapies. Richards, Applied Drama Therapy Techniques. French, Art Therapy Informed Practices. Waldburg, Adopting a Systemic Framework.
Lyn French is an art therapist, counsellor and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. As the Director of A Space for Creative Learning and Support, Hackney, East London, she supervises trainee and qualified therapists and manages school-based services. She is also on the staff of the MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents at Birkbeck, University of London.
Reva Klein is a psychodynamic counsellor and psychoanalytic psychotherapist supervising emerging and established counsellors working in London schools. She also sees parents/carers and teachers for consultations in school and has a private practice. She has written extensively on children’s mental health issues.
"The authors convey so clearly the essential ingredients of psychoanalytically influenced therapy – being open- minded without preconceptions, listening both to the adolescent’s feelings and those brought up in themselves, providing opportunity for expression and understanding and opening up the possibilities of different ways of looking at things. Intended primarily as clinical workbook for counsellors, psychotherapists and arts therapists, there is more than enough in this book to engage anybody interested in young people." – Peter Wilson, Founder of Young Minds and Clinical Advisor for The Place 2 Be, from the Foreword.