Innovative counselling with anxious children

Campbell, Marilyn A. (2007) Innovative counselling with anxious children. cphJournal, 3(1), pp. 59-70.

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It is estimated that anxiety disorders can affect up to 18% of 6-17 year-olds (Costello & Angold, 1995). In addition, there are many children who are excessively anxious although they do not meet criteria for an anxiety disorder. Cognitive behaviour counselling techniques have been the therapy of choice for most anxious children in the last few years. This is usually because they have been the most researched and thus have an evidence-base. Kendall’s Coping Cat program and variations such as the FRIENDS program, have found a 65% success rate in treating anxious children. However, for preschool and primary aged children other therapeutic counselling techniques using a wider range of child-friendly intervention can also be successful. Bibliotherapy, puppets, drawing, sandplay and games are also useful for counselling anxious children (Jalong, 1993; Quakley, Reynolds, & Coker, 2004) as is the method of cross–age peer tutoring (Campbell, 2003).

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ID Code: 9297
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: anxiety disorders, children, cognitive, behavioural therapy, play therapy
ISSN: 1832-1135
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Counselling (130305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 The Australian Counselling Association
Deposited On: 02 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2016 03:07

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