The second edition of Counseling, Psychology, and Children takes a multidimensional four-part approach to counseling children. This approach: 1) capitalizes on the relationships children build with parents, teachers, and other adults; 2) looks at children's developmental processes; 3) examines multicultural influences upon them; and 4) takes into consideration the variety of intervention models available. Four chapters examine four major approaches to child therapy: psychodynamic, child-centered, behavioral/cognitive-behavioral, and family systems. In the final synthesizing chapter, the author draws upon his experience as therapist and teacher to bring everything together through a case study that shows his multidimensional approach in action. This book covers the use of play as a therapeutic technique and emphasizes thinking outside the box of standard therapy. It encourages future counselors to view treatment as the culmination of education/developmental, preventive, and remedial interventions. For professionals in the field of counseling children.
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"William G. Wagner" is a professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Before receiving his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida in 1981, Dr. Wagner was a teacher in the public schools of Vermont and a case worker and regional administrator for Youth Programs, Inc., a court alternative program for juvenile offenders in Florida. Since joining the faculty at USM, he has studied developmentally appropriate treatments for children with nocturnal enuresis, child survivors of sexual abuse, and children of divorce. He also maintained a part-time private practice in which he treated children and families with a broad range of presenting problems, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, enuresis, oppositional defiant disorder, and adjustment to divorce and the death of a significant other. His current research interests include the development of forgiveness in children, gender- and ethnic-related influences on children's development, and the application of the multidimensional model described in this text. Dr. Wagner is a licensed psychologist and is listed on the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He is also a National Certified Counselor and is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American School Counselor Association. He has published more than 40 articles in a variety of journals, including "The Counseling Psychologist," the "Journal of Counseling Psychology, Child Abuse and Neglect," the "Journal of Counseling and Development, The Journal of Pediatrics," and the "Journal of Pediatric Psychology." He has served as aconsulting editor for the "Journal of Counseling Psychology" and is currently a member of the editorial board of "Child Abuse and Neglect."
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