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Brief Coaching with Children and Young People: A Solution Focused Approach

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Harvey Ratner, Denise Yusuf

  • Brief Coaching with Children and Young People

146 pages
ISBN: 9780415855891

Brief Coaching with Children and Young People: A Solution Focused approach is the first book of its type to describe the thinking and practice of Solution Focused coaching with these age groups.

The approach empowers young people to find their own solutions in the shortest possible time, focusing on where they want to get to rather than the details of the problem they are concerned about. The authors’ emphasis on practical and straightforward techniques and materials will equip all those interested in working with and supporting young people and their families to help them achieve their hopes for the future. The book is illustrated with numerous examples from the coaching practice of the authors in different settings, with a particular emphasis on challenging cases. As a whole, it serves as a key resource for working with children and young people, but each chapter can also be read individually to enhance the reader’s understanding of the topic. Downloadable resources are available online which enhance the practicality of the text.

Ratner and Yusuf have created a practical, jargon-free resource for all those who work with and support children, young people and their families. It will be invaluable for coaches, therapists and counsellors as well as anyone who interacts with children and young people, including social workers, teachers and mentors and foster parents.

Table of Contents


Solution Focused Brief Coaching.





In the School.

In Different Settings.


"For readers new to the Solution Focused way of working, this text offers an accessible, user-friendly, yet comprehensive guide to having solution-building conversations. For readers already familiar with the Solution Focused approach, this book offers REAL, practical advice on the HOW of having Solution Focused conversations with children and adolescents. Responding to the adolescent "Don’t know", dealing with children’s boredom with the coaching process, how to keep their attention for a whole interview, what to do when things don’t improve, dealing with the reality of risk and bullying … the book offers PRACTICAL suggestions for responding to the real stuff that happens with children and adolescents."
- Michael Durrant, Faculty of Education & Social Work, University of Sydney, Australia and Editor, Journal of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

"As a systemic therapist who uses Solution Focused therapy with clients of all ages, I am thrilled to see a book that reaches all populations of clients with such elegance and efficiency. This book will provide a marvelous tool for practitioners working with children, adolescents, parents, teachers and groups in schools and agencies. Steve de Shazer's idea of "there is no such thing as resistance" is proven here in this book, which contains enough case studies and examples to free even the most reluctant client from resistance into cooperation and then success. What a terrific gift to the field of coaching, counseling and therapy."
- Linda Metcalf, Director of Graduate Programs, Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, Texas and author of Counseling Toward Solutions

"Coaching is now being used successfully with a range of clients, children and young people being but one. Coaching not only helps deal with the issues presented but is also psychoeducative. This meaning that it helps individuals develop new ways of approaching life in general. Children and young people learn fast and the learnings gained at this age lead to more fulfilling lives. This is a book that anyone working with such an age group would benefit from."
- Gladeana McMahon, FAC, FRSA, FBACP, FIMS, FISMA. Chair Emeritus, Association for Coaching UK and leading Transformational and Behavioural Change coach