This award-winning book presents a realistic picture of therapy's rewards and challenges through sixteen actual cases involving children and adolescents. Readers are exposed to a variety of counseling theories and the real, live counselors who use them. The cases deal with major problem areas such as sexual abuse, dual diagnoses, seriously dysfunctional families, and addictions. A five-part organization of each case covers: an "introduction" that discusses the presenting problem and background information about the client; "conceptualization" of therapeutic goals and strategies; "process" descriptions of actual client contacts (it explains what happened in sessions and how the therapist's relationship with the client changed over time); "outcome" sections describing the result of the work done between therapist and client; and "discussion" explanations of what the author/therapist might have done differently. In addition, the author describes his or her personal and professional growth that resulted from this encounter with a troubled youngster. For child and adolescent counselors beginning their journey as therapists.
1. The Flight of the Lego Plane, Susan M. Hobson.
2. Billy, the Teddy Bear Boy, Terry Kottman.
3. Too Afraid to Talk, Bruce St. Thomas.
4. Oh No-Not Again!, Jules Spotts and Jane Brooks.
5. Family Secrets, Laura A. Granato.
6. The Defense Never Rests, Arthur J. Clark.
7. Mandy: Out in the World, Barbara Herlihy.
8. The Boy Who Trashed His Final, Larry B. Golden.
9. Will He Choose Life?, J. Jeffries McWhirter.
10. The Girl with Painful Steps, Barbara Peeks Dunn and Ray L. Levy.
11. Ringo: Scars of Violence, Vimala Pillari.
12. A Peaceful Solution, Kirk Zinck and John M. Littrell.
13. Weathering an Adolescent Storm, Dorothy Breen.
14. Where Do I Fit?, Marijane Fall.
15. Oh, Give Me a Home, Scottie Sue Landess and Nola Christenberry.
16. Raising Martin, Patrick O'Malley.