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The Elements of Counseling Children and Adolescents

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Tailored to the specific needs of the child and adolescent client, this concise, easy-to-read primer provides essential and practical guidelines for counselors and psychologists who are training to work with children in both clinical and school settings.

It is modeled after the highly successful and time-tested "Elements of " format used in many teaching disciplines. The book distills the basic concepts that beginning professionals must keep in mind as they approach practice, offering guidance in logical, numbered sequence from setting the stage for the counseling process through the essentials of building and maintaining an active counseling practice. 

Not only does the book facilitate learning with its precise, easily digestible rules and principles, it provides potent guidance for both common and particularly troubling situations.

Throughout the text, each concept is addressed first as it applies to children and then to adolescents. Key features such as using developmentally appropriate language and activities and fostering growth and self-reflection are covered, along with critical issues such as collaborating with parents and other professionals, responding to crisis situations, misconceptions and assumptions that can hinder therapy, and counselor self-awareness and care.

The book discusses a variety of interventions and techniques that are most effective in work with young clients. Case examples of client-counselor dialogues in each chapter illustrate foundational concepts, and information is supported by references to empirical and theoretical works.



1. Setting the Stage

2. The Processes of Counseling With Children and Adolescents

3. Strategies for Assisting Self-Awareness and Growth

4. Misconceptions and Assumptions

5.  A Brief Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice and Contemporary Interventions

6. Crisis Intervention, Mandated Reporting, and Related Issues

7. Knowing and Caring for Yourself as a Counselor

The Authors

Catherine Cook-Cottone

Catherine Cook-Cottone, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology at SUNY at Buffalo, NY. She is also a licensed psychologist with a private practice and a certified school psychologist. Dr. Cook-Cottone teaches classes in counseling with children and adolescents, mindfulness interventions, and yoga therapy for mental health. Working with adults, adolescents, and children, she specializes in the assessment and treatment of: anxiety-based disorders, eating disorders, and development of emotional regulation skills. She is the co-founder of the Satsanga Yoga and Wellness Institute at SUNY at Buffalo, which is devoted to positive, integrative research and treatment of eating and other self-care disorders. She is the author of the upcoming book Mindfulness and Yoga for Self-Regulation: A Primer for Mental Health Professionals (Springer Publishing), co-editor Healthy eating and body acceptance: Cultivating a positive school environment, and has authored over 50 refereed journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Cook-Cottone has presented numerous workshops at both national and regional conferences. 

Linda S. Kane

Linda Kane, MA, LMHC, is a licensed mental health counselor and a certified school counselor in the Williamsville Central School District, NY. Since 2007 she has also been an adjunct professor at SUNY at Buffalo, teaching courses in Introduction to School Counseling and Consultation and Collaboration in School Counseling. Her areas of interest and expertise in working with children and adolescents include prevention, early intervention, and treatment of eating, anxiety, and mood disorders, assertiveness training, media resistance, and emotional coping.

Laura M. Anderson

Laura Anderson, PhD, is Assistant Professor and Director of the PULSE Healthy Weight Research Team at SUNY at Buffalo. She is a licensed psychologist. Her work with at-risk populations in urban and rural settings has inspired her interest in health disparities in children and families. Dr. Anderson also maintains a private practice specializing in the assessment and treatment of behavioral, mood, and anxiety-based disorders. She has authored over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has presented at numerous national and local professional and academic conferences.



Authors: Cook-Cottone, Anderson et al Pub 2014 USA  Pbk  146 pages

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