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BACP Children and Young People journal  

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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.

Articles

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 make interesting and valuable reading. However, authors submitting a case study within their article are required to state in writing that either the case study is fictitious or a composite or, if an actual case study, that the client is not now recognisable from the text and that the client's informed consent has been given.
  • 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.

How to submit an article

Please contact the editor, Eleanor Patrick, at: empatrick@aol.com

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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Features
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

Issues
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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Features
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

Issues
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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Features
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

Issues
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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Features
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
Phototherapy
: 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

Issues
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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Features
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.

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

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

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Features
• 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

Issues
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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Features
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 

Issues
• 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

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

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Features
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

Issues
• 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

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

June 2012

Features

  • 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

Issues

  • 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

Regulars

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

March 2012

9195_ccyp march 12 cover jpg.jpg pdf file Fragile foetuses
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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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

Array
  • 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

Array
  • 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

Array
  • 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

Array
  • 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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June 2007

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March 2007

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October 2006

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

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June 2006

Array
  • 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

Array
  • 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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Autumn 2005

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Summer 2005

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