BACP Children & Young People
BACP Children and Young People journal  

Journal Contributors

BACP Children and Young People is the quarterly professional journal for the BACP Children and Young People division of BACP. It is published by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.


We welcome articles offering new perspectives on current thinking; debate on practical or professional issues; theory discussions; shared experience and best practice.

Articles selected for publication are likely to be:

  • Original, insightful and authoritative
  • Of genuine interest to the majority of practitioners, or a sizeable group
  • Well-written using clear, non-technical language
  • Backed up by any available research

We are looking for pieces that inform, challenge and inspire the reader.

Article construct - some advice

Before you start, have a clear idea of the concepts and information you want to convey and why they matter. Consider the readership in order to inform your article and make it relevant.

If you are writing about research, please do not write an academic essay - convert your introduction, method, results and conclusions into a narrative format and pay particular attention to the opening paragraphs of your article, to engage the reader.

If you are wondering how to bring your article to life, you may wish to include brief case studies, graphs or charts to illustrate it. Please ensure you have obtained any relevant copyright or other permission (see submission requirements, below).

It is sensible to approach the editor with your idea first, before spending time writing what may not be suitable or may need tweaking slightly in focus to be suitable for our readership. We commission exactly for each issue rather than keep a stock of possibles.

Submission requirements

  • Word count: articles should not exceed 3,000 words inclusive of references. Shorter is often better. The subject matter will dictate the length. The editor reserves the right to edit for length where necessary but will always check with the author concerning major alterations.
  • References should be provided in Vancouver style. This means that references are numbered in the text in the order in which they appear. They are then collected together in numerical order at the end of the article. Numbers appear in the text in superscript. 
  • Case studies - They make interesting and valuable reading. Authors submitting a case study within their article are required to state in writing that either the case study is fictitious; or a composite (such that a client could not recognise him/herself if they read the article); or, if an actual case study, that the client has given informed consent, and that their identity has been anonymised. Ideally, the client's consent should be provided in writing.

    If your article includes material about individuals (clients, colleagues or participants) in any research or study, please supply written confirmation that you have permission from all concerned to publish the material and that all identifying details have been anonymised. Any information obtained privately, eg in conversation, correspondence or discussion with third parties, must be permissioned by the individuals concerned and referenced.
  • Copyright: the author is responsible for obtaining permission to use written or visual material from a third party and must provide written evidence that this has been obtained. This includes, for example, any pictures, tables, diagrams or extracts. Copyright for the article is retained by BACP unless otherwise agreed with the editor.
  • Author statement: the author should confirm that the manuscript has not been submitted elsewhere, nor been accepted by any other publication, and should send a declaration that the article is their own work.
  • Please include no more than 50 words of biographical information including current work, relevant qualifications, research interests etc, and confirm if you would like your email address published.
  • Please note that articles accepted for publication may be published online.

are in Vancouver style:

Journal articles
Goss K, Allan S. Compassion focused therapy for eating disorders. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy 2010; 3(2): 141-158.

Fox C, Hawton J. Deliberate self-harm in adolescence (2nd edition). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 2004.

Chapters in books
Kagan N. Influencing human interaction: eighteen years with IPR. In: Hess AK (ed). Psychotherapy supervision: theory, research, and practice. New York: Wiley; 1980 (pp53-68).

The page numbers of the chapter must always be included

How to submit an article

Please contact the editor, Eleanor Patrick, at:

Please include with your submission your name, address, daytime telephone number and email address, if available. Two free copies of the issue are sent on publication to the contributor's land adress.


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pdf file Dragon as catalyst Dennis McCarthy explains this frequently appearing, unbridled life force in play therapy
Interpersonal therapy for adolescents: Roslyn Law brings us up to date on how this approach is situated within CYP IAPT
The therapist self-disclosure dilemma: Little research exists to guide how much we tell the children, says Colleen Swinden

In practice
No man (or young person) an island:
Alix Hearn discusses joined-up or co-working
Shaking the tree: The influence of home and family relationships is never absent, writes Laura McDonald
Lost in the lands of feeling: Map making to visualise and navigate emotions helps Charlie Morse-Brown's clients

Setting up a whole-school service:
Katia Houghton reports on the layers of complexity in the first year
Proper training - an ethical onus: Lisa Nel outlines what is needed, and its benefits, for safe work with young people
Living with disappointment: We all experience it - with clients, parents, supervisors and supervisees, says Nick Luxmoore.
The therapeutic relationship: Rebecca Kirkbride on the competences needed for fostering and maintaining a working alliance with 11s-18s

Reflecting on... sugar babies: Jeanine Connor; Thinking about... the unspeakable: Alison Smyth; Considering... developmental perspectives: Nick Luxmoore

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September 2017

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pdf file Identity integration in fragmented families:
Charlie Morse-Brown thinks about young people's sense of identity when families split
Medical play therapy: Distressed and possibly traumatised young patients can be helped, says Judi Parson
Nurturing parents: Sue Campbell helps parents to understand their role in their children's emotional wellbeing

In practice
Evaluating emotional wellbeing:
Debbie Collins offers an assessment form that looks beyond behaviour
Specific developmental tasks 11-17: Rebecca Kirkbride outlines the understanding needed for work with adolescents
Stakeholder views: Research findings to inform our practice, by Terry Hanley and Julia Noble

Shared decision making with SEND children:
Gary Tebble advocates for an empowering meta dialogue to inform the therapy
What does integrative mean? Should we drop our therapeutic divisions and embrace integration? asks Alix Hearn
Opening doors: Ruth Marchant and colleagues explain best practice in the face of a disclosure 

Reflecting on
... attention seeking: Jeanine Connor; Thinking about... transitions: Alison Smyth; Considering: disliking: Nick Luxmoore

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June 2017

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pdf file Ghosts in the playroom: Henry Kronengold works with an anxious child who loves rock music
The young person as expert: Categories get in the way of person-centred work, says Emma Tickle
Two expressive techniques: Erica Ruse Whalley shares her use of a tablet device in session

In practice
Addressing the total field:
Ruth Schmidt Neven offers time-limited psychodynamic interactive work with families
Getting active: Behavioural Activation addresses adolescent depression. Elizabeth McCauley and colleagues explain
The person-centred way: David Smyth outlines the benefits and challenges of this model with younger clients

Lonely, isolated and misunderstood:
How to understand the presentation of Asperger’s children, by Robin Holloway
Juggling multiple debts: Ilona Pinter discusses the effect of parental debt on children’s mental health
To love or to solve? Solving problems in school can sometimes escalate the issue, says Jim Pye

Reflecting on… afterwards: Jeanine Connor; Thinking about… responsibility: Alison Smyth; Considering… what do counsellors do? Nick Luxmoore

March 2017 

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pdf file The transgenerational perspective: Lucy-Jean Lloyd discusses the transmission of emotion and experience between generations
Working with young Muslim clients: Myira Khan offers practical help
Playing with identity: Charlie Morse-Brown draws a parallel between therapist and adolescent identity formation

In practice
Young people with learning disabilities: Sue Pattison
Snowflakes or widgets? Edith Bell discusses unique development of identity
A risky farewell: Mike Shooter, immediate past President of BACP, offers some final thoughts

Self, Other and the We:
Cathie O'Brien works with extremely vulnerable young people
Through adolescents'eyes: Elena Bordin says teenagers are scientists, testing their hypotheses about identity and sexuality
Wondering about Spotted Zebra: Phyl Cooney and Sheila Rae narrate a young looked-after client's barriers to inclusion 

Reflecting on… ordinary emotion: Jeanine Connor;  Thinking about… ‘normal’: Alison Smyth;  Considering… peer supporters in schools: Nick Luxmoore

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December 2016

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pdf file Admitting the T word: Jeanine Connor on transgender and welcoming sexual diversity with confidence
Just playing? Ilaria Calussi wonders about, and discusses, the nature of play in therapy
Death goes digital: All young people need a place to openly explore death, says Louis Weinstock

In practice
Counselling very young children:
Catherine Tucker outlines developmental and parental considerations
What's the point of fathers? Nick Luxmoore and a supervisee tussle with this thorny issue
Rose-coloured specs: Julie Griffin concludes her series on different media in the therapy room

Domestic abuse:
Ann Dix runs groupwork based on her stories of Little Mouse
Integrated care pathways in school: Linda Hafez describes how she transformed her counselling service
Telling secrets? Peter Jenkins introduces the latest consultation on mandatory reporting of abuse

Reflecting on
... ink: Jeanine Connor; Thinking about... beginnings in supervision: Alison Smyth; Considering... boundaries: Nick Luxmoore

September 2016

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In search of Margot Sunderland:
A wide-ranging interview with the author, as What Every Parent Needs to Know gets an update
Entering the sensory landscape: Sue Curtis's moving account of work with a client who had enduring and complex needs

In practice
Balancing holding and sharing:
Lesley Duff's research on managing confidentiality and risk in school
pdf file Creative CBT with autism spectrum disorder: Sarah Rogers uses the special interests and skills of this client group
The doll house home: Julie Griffin continues her series on different media in the therapy room

The digital native in our room:
Rebecca Kirkbride recommends getting alongside the client's virtual life
Counsellor-client privacy in school: Ben Gross explains the rationale for his way of working
Hearing voices: Rachel Waddingham breaks the silence on what can be a taboo topic

Reflecting on... transgender: Jeanine Connor; Thinking about... organisational supervision: new columnist Alison Smyth; Considering... the non-judgmental counsellor: Nick Luxmoore

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June 2016

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pdf file Working with values in clinical practice:
Andrew West discusses values and how they might or might not relate to a values-based practice
Setting up in private practice: Rebecca Kirkbride addresses significant practicalities for private work with children and young people

In practice
Person-centred play therapy:
Idyli Kamaterou and Sofia Paragiou offer a single-session case study
Clay: Julie Griffin continues her series on different media in the therapy room
More TA in supervision: Further transactional analysis concepts that Lynn Martin uses in her practice

Clinical wills:
Roslyn Byfield believes we need to make provision for our clients after our death, or an incapacitating accident or illness
Containing the angry client: Nick Luxmoore thoughtfully analyses a supervision issue
ADHD and Asperger's: When parenting isn't to blame, what might be going on neurologically? asks Rachal Zara Wilson

Reflecting on...
Justin Bieber: Jeanine Connor; Thinking about... systems around the child: Anna Jacobs; Considering... the lonesome school counsellor: Nick Luxmoore


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March 2016

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CAMHS and i-THRIVE: Anna Moore on the crisis in CAMHS, and newdevelopments
pdf file Adventurous groupwork: Barr Kazer describes her workusing 'Adventure Tales'
Equine assisted play therapy: Interview with TracieFaa-Thompson

In practice
'Talking' sandscapes:
Julie Griffin describes her work with a sand tray
Art creativity in client work: Jennifer Guest offers clients a variety of art worksheets
Supervision with TA concepts: Lynn Martin outlines how and why these are useful 

Qualitative research:
Nikki Kiyimba advocates for capturing the nuances of our work
The confidence crisis: Annette Du Bois coaches young people towards confident self-belief
Anxiety: Polly Waite wonders how we can improve interventions with anxious adolescents

Reflecting on... fairy stories: Jeanine Connor; Thinking about... teenage suicide: Anna Jacobs; Considering... saying what you think: Nick Luxmoore


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December 2015

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pdf file What informs our interventions? Carol Holliday discusses the ingredients of professional knowledge
pdf file Appearance and its message: The embodied self can guide our work as counsellors, writes Laura McDonald

In practice
Personality and preferences:
Karen Harvey explains how understanding the MBTI type indicator can help us in our work with young people
Aggression and young people: John-Henry Carter offers an understanding of aggressive impulses, and reviews case material
Practical attunement: Techniques and approaches within a framework of attachment theory. By Stephanie Hutton

Training - the reality:
Nick Ball reflects on his time in training
Self-injury, starving and chaos: Sue Jennings believes that lack of borders lies behind many challenges of self-harm and eating distress
Just to say that I've failed... again! Nick Luxmoore notes society's defensive habit of denying the inevitability of failure

Reflecting on... foreign bodies; Thinking about... fun in supervision; Considering... our need to be interesting


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September 2015

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CYP mental health services:
Where now? Elaine Bousfield discusses her vision and the role of digital
Why do young people self-harm? If we understand, we are better able to offer practical, sustainable support, says Pooky Knightsmith
Coach-therapy with young people: Why offer an all-in-one intervention? Eleanor Patrick explains

In practice
Gestalt therapy with traumatised children:
Claire Harrison-Breed honours the child's creative adjustments
The Human Social Functioning scale: Assessing family wellbeing holistically helps parents and children get their needs met. Susan Simpson reports
Setting goals in therapy: Aaron Sefi describes the use of CoGS, an interactive tool

Mindfulness in schools:
Jackie Watson introduces and assesses .be (dot-be) - a Mindfulness in Schools Project
When both grief and trauma present: Alison Salloum specialises in providing combined interventions
pdf file Trauma: the body, the play and the drama Sue Jennings writes about the building blocks of trauma recovery

Reflecting on
... labelling children:Jeanine Connor; Thinking about... attachment: Anna Jacobs; Considering... ghostwriting an autobiography: Nick Luxmoore

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June 2015

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pdf file Obsessional avoidance of everyday demands: Phil Christie describes how to understand and work with an obsessional avoidance of everyday demands
On not being weird: what kind of counsellors will we be in school? Nick Luxmoore discusses
Rising from the ashes: Justine Gore-Smith and colleagues set up a co-operative after being made redundant

In practice
Survivors of abuse and violence:
interview with Simon Carpenter, founder of CLEAR, a Cornwall-based service
I've got a red beast in me, I know it! Leigh Burrows recommended The Red Beast story to help a counsellor with emotionally complex clients
Of marbles and diamonds: Camille Gibbs explains how to write therapeutic stories to help in difficult situations

Making a text connection:
Kerry Gibson researched mobile phone text counselling in New Zealand
I am mixed: Dinah Morley and Cathy Street help us think about the implications for young clients of being mixed race
Expectations - or not: what do adolescents think will happen in therapy? Sally Parkinson and Nick Midgley report

Reflecting on.
..unconscious communication: Jeanine Connor; Thinking about... a child's inner world: Anna Jacobs; Considering... the idea of mental health: Nick Luxmoore

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March 2015

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pdf file Digital futures Louis Weinstock discusses the effects of the digital revolution on children's wellbeing
First loves: The importance of romantic relationships in teenage development. By Laura McDonald
On separation: Jim Pye examines separation and stuckness in adolescent lives

In practice
Navigating a different world:
Carrie Ballard describes her work with high-functioning young people with ASD
The mess and the metaphor: Bridget Sheehan's own model of routes through play therapy
Notebook: working: with sexual abuse. Some suggested ways to proceed. By Lorraine Sherman

Overview of the research evidence... for counselling CYP in the UK:
Jo Pybis and Charlie Jackson report
BACP's Ask Kathleen service: Kathleen Daymond describes help available for clients
Make time for marketing: checklists for school or private work - let people know what you do, says Ruth Clowes
'I just don't need it': Lindsay George researches young people's attitudes to help-seeking

Reflecting on
... mundanity: Jeanine Connor; Thinking about... challenge and magic: Anna Jacobs; Considering... helping young people not to know: Nick Luxmoore

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December 2014

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pdf file What prize for curing Alices tears Pieter Nel reviews the quality of the evidence for using CBT for depression in young people
pdf file Trauma in cyberspace:Cath Knibbs explains possible online sources of presenting issues
How do I look? How important is a counsellor's physical appearance? Nick Luxmoore writes

In practice
Online jottings:
Emma Yates offers help for working via chat
Founding a service: the nuts and bolts: Pauline Culliney paves the way
Young people evaluating... their service: Sarah Perry and Simon Carpenter report on a BACP-funded pilot

Priming the pump in supervision:
Ged King on group supervision of groupwork
Children adapted to adversity: Sarah Sutton writes about children who feel 'taken in' and tricked
New framework for supervisor training: Helen Coles introduces the BACP training curriculum
Working with families:
Judith Sonnenberg describes her work

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September 2014

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School counselling in Saudi Arabia:
Turki Alotaibi shares his hopes for improving services in his homeland
The CSSO model: Dave Stewart introduces a flexible, client-based way of working
pdf file Homelessness and identity: Surabhi Chaturvedi discusses the role of the therapeutic space

In practice
pdf file Anger awareness: Ged King describes a well established course in Liverpool
Registration routes: BACP's membership structure is changing. Are you on the Register?
Appropriate levels of intervention: Neglect and executive function are linked andrequire consideration, says Graham Music

When two become three
: Rebecca Kirkbride reflects on managing the parentcounsellor- child relationship
Entering the online world: Have you launched into online work? Emma Yates considers her experience
The good-enough supervisor: Cinzia Altobelli puts forward the key ingredients for a successful recipe

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June 2014

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pdf file Imprisoned in role: Nick Luxmoore recommends a flexible variety of roles
Creativity and play... are necessary ingredients for change, says Anna Jacobs
Clay - a potent medium: Lynne Souter-Anderson demonstrates the value of this universal material

In practice
Spirituality and young people:
Soul is often absent from our thinking and practice, says Salma Khalid
Working with separation and divorce: Angela Hobday advocates a sprinkling of fun
Sandtray inner-world work: Kirsty Bilski surveys the use of this technique in session and supervision

pdf file Differential assessment:
Miriam Silver encourages us to consider both organic deficit and damaging experience before moving ahead
Building blocks of self-esteem: Paying attention to the eight foundations will effect change, explains Deborah M Plummer
The ending draws nigh: What happens next is not always as intended, writes Augene Nanning

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March 2014

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pdf file Noticing the hidden harm:
Cinzia Altobelli and Cat Payne report on M-PACT - an intervention with families whose addiction is adversely impacting the children
Until I started talking... What is our lasting impact on clients? Lucy-Jean Lloyd discusses a case

In practice
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy:
Elaine Bousfield writes about DBT groupwork by online service Kooth, which is proving effective in schools and communities
Suicide ideation - the other option:
Lynn Martin believes that referring on is only one solution, just as suicide is for the client
Cool kids don't worry!
Groupwork using the Cool Kids anxiety intervention in Australia. By Narelle Smith

Relational autonomy:
How counsellors can help adolescent clients to achieve relational autonomy. Kirsty Bilski writes from her research
Mindfulness with reflection:
Joanna North introduces her Reflective Practice Pentagon, an aid to full awareness of our clients and their contexts

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December 2013

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Bring the phone in:
Don't forget your client's virtual world, says Debbie Lee

pdf file Mandatory reporting?: Peter Jenkins asks if this would have prevented Daniel Pelka's death
LGBT youth suicide and self-harm: Research among the young people themselves. Elizabeth McDermott reports

In practice
pdf file Countering the deficit view:
Robert Birkbeck offers three ideas for work when young people are aggressive and disruptive
The wraparound service: Alison Hogg and Alison Smyth on providing holistic support to care leavers
Back to basics: Counselling skills are a powerful mediation tool when homelessness threatens, says Denise Alcock Features

Writing for CYP: some tips: Have you considered it? Would you do it? Here's how to succeed
Same or different?: What extra training is really needed for work with young people? Mike Trier and Sue Lewis discuss

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September 2013

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pdf file Surviving sexual abuse: Aqualma Murray's keynote speech from our June conference

Integrated and focused: CYP interviews Benita Refson, CEO of the charity Place2Be, which has recently attracted royal patronage
Cultural mosaic
: Hazel McClure explores essential information for counselling third-culture children, here or abroad

In practice
pdf file Sticky bubbles, stats and Snap: Strategies for safely exploring the territory of self-harming clients, by Edith Bell
: Del Loewenthal demonstrates the use of his Talking Pictures Therapy
Respond: A London agency working with a relational and attachment-based systems model. Report by James Hawkins

MindFull emerges online
: Lalage Harries explains a new resource for young people
IAPT and young people: Helen Hardacre presents a personal view of the emerging continuum of working in an adult IAPT service with young people
Counselling MindEd update: Questionnaire results and scoping reports

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June 2013

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Starting from scratch in Malaysia:
Hazel McClure reflects on setting up a counselling service for third-culture children
pdf file The counselling house extension: CYP trainings are often in the extension. Katherine Porter explains why
pdf file Them and us - a damaging thought: The importance of cultural competence. Interview with Carolyn Mumby

In practice
Self-harm... is the solution, not the problem, says Lynn Martin.
Trained to supervise: Augene Nanning reports on being an archeologist, helicopter pilot and journalist all at once.
Considered compassion: Lorraine Sherman believes that the art of a compassionate response lies in neither over-identifying nor closing off emotionally.

Election statements
Innately prosociala
: Altruism is inborn but can be sidelined, says Graham Music 

pdf file What's the difference? Alexandra Williams' study findings on adolescent counselling

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March 2013

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• Homophobic and transphobic bullying: Eleanor Formby gives us the current picture in our schools and youth groups
• Superheroes: David Taransaud wonders if therapists of young people need superpowers to deal with supervillains
• Top and bottom of class: How does our sense of class and its values affect both us and our young clients? Mike Trier and Simone Daniels converse

In practice
• Managing risky disclosures...
in school-based counselling: Joanne Palmer investigates what counsellors do
pdf file Thinking of bad parents: How do we help a childprocess the information? asks Joanna North
• School bereavement policy: Somebody's died and pupils are affected. Jennifer Pitt advocates for a practical policy in advance

pdf file Counselling MindEd: An e-portal for learning
• Executive membership: Interview with Executive member Edith Bell, plus information about the current election of a new member
• Ethics and voice: Hildy Bennett on the therapeutic relationship as a means of hearing the voice of vulnerable research participants

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December 2012

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pdf file The untouchables: The omnipotent self is a primitive and drastic manoeuvre of protection. Lucy-Jean Lloyd explains
• Selling counselling: How can we present counselling to pre-clients as an acceptable activity? Eleanor Patrick investigates
• The first decade: Judith Edwards discusses the early development of 'Everychild'

In practice
pdf file Zen and the art of riding the dragon: Becky Seale uses meditation to stay in the moment. But what about taking action?
• Life in miniature: Why introduce hundreds of tiny figures into our therapy rooms? Eileen Wilson explains their value and offers guidance
• Repairing attachments: Colby Pearce describes how he works with young victims of family trauma
• In the empathy zone: Moving into another's world without being overwhelmed. Peter Ryan revisits the basics 

• School services:
Hazel Lamb offers a personal opinion on managing school counselling services
• Supervision as creative space: For Gareth Williams, supervision in a pluralistic arena is open to many varieties of interpretation and purpose
• Supervision issues: Dilemmas usually happen in the space between a cause for concern and a child protection matter. Lorraine Sherman reports

Research: Jo Pybis and Katherine McArthur
Reflecting on... sex: Jeanine Connor
From the Chair
BACP Professional
Development Days 

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September 2012

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pdf file • Into the wild: Therapeutic inward-bound journeys. Simone Silver Path reports
pdf file • IAPT at the younger end: What is happening on the ground with CYP IAPT? Interview with Sara Barnes
• Executive functions: Karyn van der Zwet discusses their development in children

In practice
• Exploring the spiritual:
Death and loss often trigger an exploration of meaning-making. Augene Nanning illustrates her discussion
• Giving the client voice: Dave Stewart describes how schools in Northern Ireland use practice-based evidence
• Personality difficulties: Helen Smith believes early intervention with DBT can help

• Expanding our theory:
Hildy Bennett reflects on the impact of disability
• Choice and consent: For Francis Taylor, young people's right to refuse counselling is questionable
• Choice and consent: a response: Peter Jenkins replies to Francis Taylor's article

Research MEd: Hildy Bennett
Reflecting on... hoarding: Jeanine Connor
From the Chair

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June 2012


  • 9527_ccyp june 12 cover.jpg pdf file Vile bodies: Lucy-Jean Lloyd discusses a problematic area for some adolescents
  • pdf file School counselling on the far side Jeannie Wright reports on five years with counsellors in New Zealand
  • Savage beasts: what if fantasy becomes permanent? David Taransaud discusses

In practice

  • Reading images: what questions help us to work with an image in session? Mary K Greer explains
  • Not knowing: for Nick Luxmoore, it's preferable to admit to clients that he doesn't always have answers
  • Adolescent families: a clinical tool: Paul Tiffin introduces his Family Perceptions Scale
  • Extending our range: Hildy Bennett knows that clients with severe learning difficulties can and do make use of therapy


  • Self-help for self-harm: George Brooks encourages open discussion and offers an effective tool
  • Smothering: the effects of this silent abuse on a child's ability to individuate. Jo Warwick reports


  • Destination PhD with Val Taylor
  • Reflecting on… faith in the process: Jeanine Connor
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March 2012

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Graham Music discusses the effect of drugs – specifically alcohol – in the womb

pdf file Looking for parallels
An acceptance of parallel processes can enhance supervision, says Phyllis Coulter

• Useful conversations with children:
Jackie Bateman and Judith Milner believe solution-focused conversations help children achieve their potential

Reflecting on… hate in therapy.
By columnist Jeanine Connor

• Destination PhD:
Val Taylor explains her Delphi study

• Working with sexually harmful behaviour:
Jackie Davies reminds us of preparation and provisos

• Parent Child Interaction Therapy:
Narelle Smith offers a no-frills version to desperate parents

• EMDR for bereavement trauma:
Lisa Mundell reports

• How are your resources?
Suze Lopez Bradley focuses on what we have or might acquire

• The practice research network for school-based counselling:
Andy Hill and Aaron Sefi introduce SCoPReNet

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December 2011

  • 8542_front cover ccypdec11.jpg pdf file Early onset eating disorders CYP interviews Dasha Nicholls about her recent research

  • pdf file Art therapy groupwork  Narelle Smith runs an expressive arts group for children

  • CBT - a second look: Linda Bean found her work changed dramatically in focus after completing a CBT diploma

  • The counsellor-coach: can we work to a new integrated model? asks Carolyn Mumby

  • Destination PhD: Val Taylor hits a mental brick wall about how to word her questions

  • Reflecting on... New columnist Jeanine Connor contemplates her endings

  • Schools section: 

  • Setting up in a Sunderland school, by Fiona Dawson

  •  Observation of play in a Welsh school, by Della Austin

  • Attachment and Gestalt work in a girls' BESD school/children's home in Southampton, by Cathie O'Brien

  • TAMHS pilot in Gateshead, by Jill Whiteford

  • Extending to out-of-school provision in Cardiff, by Claire Tyler

  • Working with special needs in London, by Annie Marson

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September 2011 

  • 8002_ccypsep11coverforweb.jpg pdf file 'Where lunatics prosper'
    Jeanine Connor reveals some hard facts about mental health labels and latency-age boys playing console games
  • pdf file 'Monstrous’ teens
    Beasts, supervillains and freeing the Wounded Self, by David Taransaud
  • Anger management: the myth
    We need to hear why young people are angry, says Nick Luxmoore
  • Anger: a way through
    Mike Trier on groupwork with Year 9 boys
  • Building blocks for boys
    Guidelines from Andrew Malekoff for effective groupwork with boys
  • Coaching and ADHD
    A child with ADHD symptoms may still benefit from coaching, says Naomi Richards
  • Destination PhD
    Val Taylor continues her series
  • Assessing creatively
    Liana Lowenstein offers guidelines and techniques in advance of her visit to the UK
  • Indigenous and invisible
    What do counsellors need to understand? Narelle Smith reports from Australia
  • Getting CBT into schools
    Colleen Cummings and colleagues ponder the issue
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  • pdf file Misunderstood and misdiagnosed: Children with developmental difficulties often fail to gain access to appropriate services, says Graham Music
  • Progressive counting: A new trauma treatment that is simple and effective. Ricky Greenwald reports
  • On breathing: Dawnie Browne believes that awareness of our breath benefits client work
  • Online identity formation: Lindsay Dobson writes about the counselling work at
  • TA meets teenagers: Freda Anning finds a welcome for ego states and transactions at a comprehensive school
  • Destination PhD: Val Taylor enters the second year of her research degree, asking, hopefully, the right questions
  • Existential therapy with children: Children need to be firmly rooted in their relational existence, says Chris Scalzo, in order to make responsible choices
  • Unseen voices: Dismissing children's narratives as ‘just imagination' is damaging. Kate Adams explains
  • Therapeutic coaching: Frances Masters offers a fusion of coaching, counselling and psycho-education to young people
  • In my opinion: Bridget Sheehan makes the case for a bottom-up approach in schools
  • EFT for managing stress at home: A book extract by Nancy Gnecco detailing how to use Emotional Freedom Techniques to help parents deal with their own and their children's stress 
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  • pdf file Inside out and back to front: Alan Burnell explains the neurosequential approach used by Family Futures when working with adopted young people
  • Animated protagonists: The importance of puppets in child therapy, discussed by Eleanor Patrick, Eileen Wilson, Monika Jephcott and Augene Nanning
  • When the State is parent: What should we bear in mind with looked-after children? asks Joanna North
  • Monitoring growth: Allan Hunter relates the six archetypes in literature to our tracking of client progress
  • Dyslexia: Bob Burden has researched how the potential emotional consequences can be combated
  • Coaching for young people: Debra Jinks introduces herself and her role within the new BACP Coaching division
  • Lies, all lies: Why do adults tend to dismiss young people's accounts as lies? Jeanine Connor takes a psychodynamic look at some cases
  • The big O: prejudice and discrimination: Patricia Sadio challenges our perspectives on obesity
  • Destination PhD: Val Taylor ventures into ‘search' and ‘reference' territory in her ongoing studies
  • Beyond reach? Science can be used metaphorically and therapeutically with young people, writes Lynne Harmon
  • Getting together: Working with families within the school has met a need and facilitated progress. Mark Griffiths reports 
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  • pdf file Obsessions and compulsions Margot Levinson introduces paediatric obsessional compulsive disorder; and three practitioners offer case studies
  • On assessment and other matters: Interview with Ruth Schmidt Neven, Director of the Centre for Child and Family Development in Melbourne
  • Motivational interviewing: Eddie McNamara and Cathy Atkinson explain how to engage the reluctant client
  • SupervisionTalk 4: Julie Fallon writes about supervising work with so-called EBSD young people
  • From the horse's mouth: Six personal opinions from Mike Shooter, immediate past Chair of YoungMinds
  • Destination PhD: Val Taylor is tracking her research into supervision for school-based counsellors
  • Index of CCYP 2007-2010
  • Therapeutic presence in schools: Sadegh Nashat and Mike Solomon explain two models of facilitating support and insight
  • Body-focused casework: Joanna Warwick found her client's rheumatoid arthritis symptoms disappeared
  • Help for Greek adolescents: Eftychia Athanassiadou and colleagues review a new telephone service
  • Trauma-focused CBT: Jackie Feather outlines a step-by-step creative approach
  • Youth peer coaching: Young people make excellent coaches, reports Rachel Leigh
  • Executive Committee: Introducing the current committee 
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  • Changing families: Jon Blend describes the hurdles and dilemmas of stepfamilies
  • Working with diabetes Type 1: A good understanding of diabetes in general is useful for counsellors. Interview with Dr Rachel Besser
  • Paint processes: Eleanor Patrick considers paint in the counselling room; and four practitioners share case studies
  • SupervisionTalk 3: Julie Fallon on supervising other professionals who use counselling skills with young people
  • Counsellor self-awareness: Coach Julie Starr describes how to manage our states effectively
  • School-based counselling: Terry Hanley reports from the 2010 BACP Research Conference
  • Destination PhD: Val Taylor is tracking for us her research into supervision for school-based counsellors
  • pdf file Person-centred work with young people: Mark Prever explains his passion
  • Listening in Durham: A Tier 1 intervention by school staff. Keith Hibbert reports
  • Empowering children in therapy: Defending their rights, by Peter Jenkins
  • That Zigger feeling: Dorothy Eddi Piper is off to help Sri Lankan young people in her retirement
  • In my opinion: Margot Levinson speaks out on current concerns 
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  • Awaken and engage: Peter Jenkins draws our attention to the grooming of children for sexual exploitation by gangs
  • Ongoing trauma: Even when a young person is not yet in a safe place, it is still possible to achieve good outcomes. Alastair Black explains
  • Clay days: Clay has distinctive attributes and deserves a place in every counselling room, says Eleanor Patrick; and three practitioners share case studies
  • Rapport in cyberspace: Jethro Adlington describes how we can ensure good connections with online clients
  • SupervisionTalk 2: Julie Fallon continues her series. This time: working with experienced or accredited counsellors
  • No longer taboo: Groupwork with clients who self-harm. Tracey Brooks and Abby Silva report from Streetwise in Newcastle
  • pdf file Cant go, wont go Val Taylor notes some strategies to engage clients who skip school
  • The duty to refer: Dennis Lines has thoughts - and doubts - about our ‘reporting culture'
  • Living human documents: Children need to be read and understood, says Jenny Bloomer
  • Research: School-based emotional health interventions - how do we know they work? Report from The Place2Be's first research conference
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  • Anger management: Dennis Neill describes his systemic style of anger work; and four practitioners share case studies
  • Working for positive outcomes: Multi-agency support offers numerous benefits for all stakeholders. Sarah Catchpole explains
  • Parkour in St Petersburg: A new sport is helping to rehabilitate young offenders in Russia. Gabrielle Pearson-Heavisides reports
  • Child protection: Peter Jenkins presents the case for a confidential space in therapy for young people
  • pdf file Teenage brains  Howard Sercombe outlines the implications of the latest findings in cognitive neuroscience
  • SupervisionTalk 1: The first in a new series by Julie Fallon that addresses different areas of supervision
  • When life has been sucked out: Graham Music discusses the needs of children who lack good-enough input
  • Dealing with a burning issue: Joost Dross describes why and how he offered groupwork to young people with ADHD diagnoses
  • Animal Assisted Therapy: Frances Weston takes a trained dog into sessions within CAMHS and private practice
  • Conference perspective: Dianne Barton reports from the 2009 London 


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December 2009

  • ArrayWhat if...?
    Anxiety in young people is on the rise. Margot Levinson discusses its role and possible resolution; and four practitioners share case studies
  • When women abuse children
    As organisations review safety measures for young children, Maggie Mealy updates us on the 'myth' that females do not abuse
  • How teenagers become violent
    An excerpt from Camila Batmanghelidjh's chapter in Teenagers and attachment
  • When shame leads to violence
    Jonathan Asser describes his Shame/Violence Intervention with young offenders, which he is upstreaming to secondary schools
  • Coaching or counselling?
    Suzannah Wallace acknowledges similarities, but believes that many anxious teens can be helped before needing therapy
  • Classroom Link 4
    Marie Delaney finishes her series on how counsellors can help teachers who struggle with very difficult pupils
  • Thomas's butterflies
    Ros Baldwin describes work with a boy who conducted his own therapy in pictures
  • Reflective guidance
    Joost Dross writes about groupwork with acting-out youngsters
  • Emotional first aid
    An innovative training from Southampton CAMHS provides a first line of defence for children's workers. Paul Jetten reports
  • Smarty the hedgehog
    Dennis Neill describes a systemic approach to dealing with encopresis
  • Combating bullying
    Nicky Sworder introduces findings from her research
  • A Welsh celebration
    Report of an event to celebrate school-based counselling
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September 2009

  • ArrayNow we are 30
    Ann Beynon, Joyce Sharples, Susan MacIver, Wendy Hardy and Belinda Harris cast an eye over the CYP division and their own experience of young people's counselling in the last three decades
  • pdf file The Northern Ireland story
    Kathy Bell explains the process that led to all post-primary schools having on-site counselling
  • Scottish diary
    Anna Hamilton surveys provision for youth counselling north of the border
  • pdf file Agony or ecstasy?
    Is being a school counsellor just fine 30 years on?
    Janet Edwards writes about her research
  • Sand unlimited
    Eleanor Patrick takes up the case for general sand play in therapy sessions, and four practitioners offer case studies
  • Weaving patterns of help
    The Maypole Project is a crucial package around young people with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses and their families. Sally Flatteau Taylor reports
  • Playing, cheating, winning, losing
    Information about how the child experiences life is readily available while playing board games with them in therapy. Jill Bellinson explains
  • ClassroomLink 3
    Marie Delaney continues her series on how counsellors can help teachers who are struggling with very difficult pupils
  • Putting back the pieces
    Maggie Mealy writes about the Jigsaw service in Cornwall, working with children who disclose sexual abuse
  • China in need
    Tim Woodhouse explains the theory and multiagency approach to working with a teenager who sexually self-harmed
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June 2009

  • Array pdf file Not home from home
    Aida Alayarian describes the needs of refugee and asylum-seeking children and young people, and three practitioners offer case studies
  • The relationship's the thing
    An excerpt from Kathryn and David Geldard's book Relationship counselling for children, young people and families – plus a book offer from Sage
  • pdf file Containing not blaming
    Graham Music on the challenge of delivering the right kind of therapeutic help in schools
  • ClassroomLink 2
    Marie Delaney continues her new series aimed at helping counsellors to input psychological understanding around difficult-to-teach children
  • Surviving the crunch
    Richard Evans and his colleagues at the charity Kids & Us track how they went from drowning to waving in their counselling service
  • Interventions for foster children
    Kim Golding delves into the complexity of this work, where creativity and eclecticism are needed alongside a multi-agency, holistic stance
  • Illuminated by lost light
    Maggie Mealy looks at the rewards as well as the difficulties for counsellors working with sexually abused young people
  • Doing what they've always done
    Research into early adolescents' use of social networking sites to communicate emotionally. Barbie Clarke reports
  • Emotionally blocked
    Jacky Davies reviews and illustrates her work with emotionally challenged children
  • Red and green writing
    Erica Ruse describes how she nurtures her young clients' new voices
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March 2009

  • pdf file When low mood strikes
  • pdf file Therapeutic thinking in schools
  • Getting started with EMDR and children
  • Surviving the split
  • Classroom Link 1
  • The healing power if drama
  • Drawing on our strengths
  • Shayna, Ty and trauma survival
  • Solution-focused practice with suicide-bereaved youngsters
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December 2008

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September 2008

  • ADHD: a complex issue
  • Interview: Angela Southall
  • Taming the lion
  • NLP toolbox: part 3
  • Reporting child abuse
  • The development of play
  • The bullying game
  • A good time to be autistic
  • Infant observation

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June 2008

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March 2008

  • pdf file Attachment in schools
  • Essay: Is anybody there?
  • The context of poverty
  • NLP Toolbox 1
  • Research on EBD interventions
  • NLP groupwork
  • Deconstructing young people's behaviour
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Every counsellor matters
  • CPD: develop or die

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December 2007

  • pdf file LGB teens
  • pdf file Human Givens approach
  • Supervision in the virtual world
  • Placing counsellors in schools
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Circus intervention with ADHD children
  • A resource for learning mentors
  • Spiritual counselling with teens
  • Research design
  • Skills survey results

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September 2007

pdf file Human Givens approach
  • pdf file Trauma in young people
  • pdf file Girls gone wild
  • Commissioning counselling services
  • Play or abuse? A tricky question
  • Teens and family breakup
  • A service for bereaved children
  • Counselling in Glasgow schools
  • Music therapy
  • Therapeutic storytelling
  • TA and Cycles of Development

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October 2006

  • Imprisoned and innocent
  • Artfully educating the grieving
  • Only-child challenges
  • Solution-focused sculpting
  • Solution-focused software

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June 2006

  • pdf file Grief and loss
  • pdf file What lesbians do in bed
  • Pioneering work in schools by Cruse
  • ADHD and ODD
  • Open Door agency, Leicester
  • Training for work with children and adolescents
  • Eating disorders
  • A client's voice
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Winter 2005

  • pdf file Young men and masculinity
  • Young men in secure settings
  • Containment in prison
  • Developing capable youth
  • When university is the wrong choice
  • Eating disorders pt 2
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