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Working with children and teenagers using solution focused approaches

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Title: Working with children and teenagers using solution focused approaches

Authors: Judith Milner and Jackie Bateman

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Reviewer:  Kaye Johnson, student learning disability nurse

What was it like?

This book does what is says on the tin, it offers the reader solution- focused approaches to enable children to overcome challenges to reach their full potential. It is well written and does not over complicate the topic. Although the book does not go too in-depth, it covers the main points with plenty of references to further your knowledge if you wish to do so. Throughout the book, real examples of how a solution-focused approach can make a difference to the lives of children and teenagers. It also contains practice activities, some of which encourage reflective practice. I liked the design of the book. It was simple to find what I was looking for without having to go through every page.


What were the highlights? 

I found chapter three particularly interesting, it discusses the importance of setting achievable goals and describes ways of doing this, and having tried some of these I can say that there are simple to do yet effective.

Another highlight is the list of resources at the back of the book. I am currently on practice placement in a children and young person’s forensic setting  and I, and other staff members, have found these resources both accessible and valuable within this setting.

Strengths & weaknesses:

I found this book easy to read.It had plenty of case examples and practice activities to help put the theory to practice. If I had to have a weakness for this book it would be that it is not eye catching so it may get missed on the shelf. 

Who should read it?

An excellent reference text for anyone working with children and teenagers. As a mother of two myself, I think this book is useful for parents who may be facing some of the identified challenges. I found it relevant not only in my professional role but as a parent of a teenager.

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