There is no better book on strengths-based therapy with children and adolescents. When I was growing up during the 1960s and 1970s, my parents worried about drugs and changing sexual mores. I would like to also acknowledge Suzanne Guerin and Michael Drumm for keeping the research going though Michael was doing this remotely! Thus, I hope the book is relevant for professionals from fields as diverse as social work, psychology, child care, family support workers, pastoral work, nursing and teaching, as well as psychotherapy and counselling. These are the models that have evolved within the multidisciplinary context in which I work, but clearly there are other strengths-based applications and models as well as different professional contexts that raise different challenges. The serious nature of the problems unites with our strong desire for change, compelling us to take dramatic and immediate action.
Specifically, we were learning about the challenges parents face raising kids during this difficult phase of life. Like the eagle in the story below, they are often out of touch with their strengths and resources and the possibilities that could be open to them. True, we don't want to look at the world through rose-colored glasses. A man found an eagle's egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. When you don't know everything you make room for the client's knowledge and ideas, and these are certainly the most helpful. To make the book accessible and practice-based I have illustrated the ideas using a variety of case examples and sample session dialogues.
Stories often reveal deeper truths and are far more inspirational than prose or theoretical debate. This book briefly describes the systemic and social constructionist theory and philosophy that underpins the practice ideas in. Each child and adult are their own unique individual and each meeting is a unique inter-subjective encounter. Gives children a voice in their own treatment, and educates parents in how to help their children assume a more positive role in the family system. All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken.
This approach emphasizes matching task design and selection to stages of child development, and incorporates family play and art therapy tasks. Or they can neglect aspects of the helping relationship such as empathic listening, hearing the client's story and establishing an alliance that are not explicitly emphasised in the original model. For example, a recent review of the latest research data suggested that para-professionals with minimal counselling training were generally as effective as professionally qualified psychotherapists in helping their clients Atkins and Christensen, 2001. Bateson Writing a book on how to help people therapeutically as a professional is somewhat a doomed project. Undeterred, he went to the master chef's restaurant and sneaked into the kitchen to observe him cooking. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them.
A written theory or description never captures the complexity of the human experience or the mystery of interpersonal encounters that occur in the helping relationship. A strengths-based approach to therapy is about helping the client awaken to the potentials and strengths that are within their reach and to move to a more transformational and ideal view of self. I'm also indebted to Scott Miller, Chris Iveson and Michael Carroll for their constructive comments and mentoring as this manuscript developed. Holding questions accustoms us to the ungraspable nature of life and enables us to understand things from a range of perspectives. In specific case examples, an attempt is made to alternate between male and female clients and professionals. It is clearly and engagingly written, draws on a host of ideas from different therapeutic approaches and is packed with practical examples. When the health and well being of children is at stake, whatever we do, however much we spend, may never seem adequate.
The emphasis is on developing strengths-based, collaborative practice that is family based and inclusive of the different perspectives of children, adolescents, parents and extended family. Troubled children and adolescents will most certainly benefit from the perspective offered to their therapists within these pages. Every team should have one' - Chris Iveson, Brief Therapy Practice Counselling Children, Adolescents and Families describes an innovative approach to therapeutic work which builds on the strengths of children and their parents. Inquiries concerning reproduction outside those terms should be sent to the publishers. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, and tyrannize their teachers. Imagine my surprise, however, when I learned that the quote was nearly 2500 years old! I am also very grateful to all my family and friends for their support as I was caught in the writing of this book.
Exponents can over-rely on the techniques and miss the strengths-based thinking that underpins the model. It is equally important, however, that our lenses not be tinted in a way that always has us seeing smoke and fire. And, perhaps most important, what should I do as a parent, educator, counselor, or social worker? The chef answered simply that it was these extra ingredients that made the meal taste so good! We were studying adolescent development at the time. No therapeutic model is a complete explanation and no set of techniques will lead to perfect therapy. Don't make any choices that might ruin your future. All of this, however, begs the question: is such widespread use of medication with kids the right thing to do? My own agency has ordered a copy! And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.
Children now are tyrants, not the servants of their households. The answer to these questions have far reaching implications for how we handle the problems that invariably show up in the rearing of children. Overview of Content and Chapters This book is divided into three parts. It is a simple idea that is not always easy to put into practice. One can rightly wonder, what is happening to our kids? One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. The authors of the text cited various parents, including the following: The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they allow disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.
In his book Counselling Children, Adolescents and Families: A Strengths-based Approach, Dr John Sharry accomplishes exactly that. For example, a recent study found a three-fold increase in the use of psychotropic drugs in children between 1997 and the present. You may have noticed that throughout the book I have enjoyed telling stories. Adapted from the book Awareness by Anthony de Mello 1997 Krupnick, J. And then suddenly, and without fanfare, the problem simply receded into the background. Thanks also to all my colleagues at the Mater hospital, in particular Declan Coogan for his enthusiasm about and to Matt McDermott for many helpful conversations about working with children.
Is modern life merely too complex? As he watched, he noticed that during the cooking the chef would break the rules of the recipe and would add unmeasured handfuls of extra spices and herbs, apparently at random to the meal. In fact, seven out of ten drugs given to children have never been tested and proven safe or effective for use by them. It has been an honour to be a witness to your courage and triumph in the face of adversity. Solution-focused therapy, the model that underpins this book, is equally prone to these dangers. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the many children, adolescents and families I have worked with over the years. These are not the worst of times; neither are they the best. The solution-focused model is very versatile and practical and is relevant for all professionals who work with children, adolescents, their parents and families to help them change and reach their goals.