Higher Education

Counseling Children, 8th Edition

  • Donna A. Henderson Wake Forest University
  • Charles L. Thompson Late of, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • ISBN-10: 0495903388  |  ISBN-13: 9780495903383
  • 768 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2004, 2000
  • © 2011 | Published
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COUNSELING CHILDREN covers the most practical and up-to-date methods for developing effective approaches to counseling children. Authors Charles Thompson and Donna Henderson's text is unparalleled in its translation of theory into practice. COUNSELING CHILDREN is an easy-to-read guide that includes useful strategies and case studies to provide students with a realistic look at the counseling field. The updated text provides new CACREP-aligned learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, in addition to new coverage of multicultural issues including religion and sexual orientation. Each COUNSELING CHILDREN chapter features information on how to apply that theory to children and families of different cultural backgrounds. COUNSELING CHILDREN presents a development approach to counseling that considers age and stage differences in counseling children, adolescents, and adults.

Features and Benefits

  • COUNSELING CHILDREN presents twelve established counseling theories used when working with children and their families, as well as techniques and interventions based on those theories.
  • The updated text features in-depth practice information on issues and techniques in counseling children, such as play therapy, counseling children from different cultures, and ethical and legal issues.
  • Each theory chapter in COUNSELING CHILDREN includes information on how to use that theory, as well as website listings that provide students with further resources for the information discussed in the text.
  • The text offers solution-focused brief counseling and paradoxical counseling methods, providing step-by-step assistance in helping beginner counselors develop their skills.
  • Each COUNSELING CHILDREN chapter contains short case studies with counseling transcripts, illustrating how that specific counseling theory is applied.

Table of Contents

1. Counseling.
2. Introduction to a Child's World.
3. The Counseling Process.
4. Legal and Ethical Considerations.
5. Psychoanalytic Counseling.
6. Person-Centered Counseling.
7. Gestalt Therapy.
8. Behavioral Counseling.
9. Reality Therapy: Counseling with Choice Theory.
10. Brief Counseling: Solution Focused.
11. Individual Psychology.
12. Rational-Emotive-Behavioral Therapy.
13. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
14. Transactional Analysis.
15. Family Counseling.
16. Consultation and Collaboration.
17. Play Therapy.
18. Group Counseling with Children.
19. Counseling Children with Special Concerns.
20. Counseling Children with Special Needs.

What's New

  • COUNSELING CHILDREN offers a new focus on ethics, moving the section forward to help students build an ethics foundation and utilize it throughout the text.
  • The updated edition of COUNSELING CHILDREN features new material in the multicultural chapter, including a focus on religion and sexual orientation, and also addresses core multicultural competency requirements of counselor education.
  • COUNSELING CHILDREN includes new CACREP-aligned learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, providing students with helpful guidelines for reading the text.


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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 0840044550 | ISBN-13: 9780840044556)

Available by email, this comprehensive resource will help you plan your course lectures while giving you the tools you need to teach more efficiently with key points and terms, discussion questions, website activities, and test questions. A partial Instructor's Manual (without test items) is also available on the Book Companion Website at www.academic.cengage.com/counseling/thompson.

Web Site (Instructor's Manual, Test Bank, PowerPoint®, Web Quiz)  (ISBN-10: 0538492813 | ISBN-13: 9780538492812)

The instructor area of the book companion website at http://www.academic.cengage.com/counseling/thompson offers access to password-protected resources such as an electronic version of the instructor's manual, PowerPoint® lecture slides, and more.

Student Supplements

Web Site (Instructor's Manual, Test Bank, PowerPoint®, Web Quiz)  (ISBN-10: 0538492813 | ISBN-13: 9780538492812)

The book-specific website at http://www.academic.cengage.com/counseling/thompson offers students a variety of study tools and useful resources such as chapter-by-chapter web quizzes, links to related sites, interactive flashcards of key glossary terms, and more.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Donna A. Henderson

Donna A. Henderson is a professor and department chair of counseling at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Meredith College, her master's degree from James Madison University, and her Ph.D. degree in counselor education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is Past President of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and Chi Sigma Iota, the counseling honor society. She is a former teacher and counselor in grades 7 to 12, a licensed school counselor, and a licensed professional counselor. She holds memberships in the American Counseling Association and has been active in national, regional, and state counseling associations. Her research interests include counseling children, particularly in the school setting and counselor education concerns. She has co-authored books on school counseling and counselor preparation as well as written chapters on legal and ethical issues, developmental issues, creative arts and counseling, and other topics. Her articles have been published in The Journal of Counseling and Development, Counselor Education and Supervision, The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, Arts in Psychotherapy, Journal of Family Therapy, and Elementary School Guidance and Counseling.

Charles L. Thompson

Charles L. Thompson was a professor of counselor education in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling in the College of Education, Health, and Human Science at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in science education and educational psychology from the University of Tennessee and did his Ph.D. degree concentration in counselor education, developmental psychology, and counseling psychology at The Ohio State University where he held NDEA and Delta Theta Tau fellowships. Dr. Thompson was a teacher and counselor in grades 7 to 12. His research interests included reality therapy and solution-focused brief counseling. He received the American Mental Health Counselors Association's Counselor Educator of the Year Award and the American School Counselor Association's Writer of the Year Award. He co-authored or authored seven books and over 100 articles in journals, including the Journal of Counseling and Development, Professional School Counseling, Journal of Mental Health Counseling, Counselor Education and Supervision, Journal of Counseling Psychology, International Journal of Reality Therapy, and the International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling. He was editor of The Idea Exchange Section of the Elementary School Guidance and Counseling Journal from 1979 to 1997.