Counseling Skills Used With Adults With Counseling With Children

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Counselors are challenged with trying to apply basic counseling skills used with adults to counseling with children. Counselors can adapt their counseling mircoskills for work with children. Children have a different cognitive, emotional, and psychological uniqueness from adults. Counselors can include reflecting client content and feeling as well as meaning, interpreting and making use of metaphors while counseling children. Being able to discovery ways to encourage verbal communication of children is the key to incorporating these skills. Meeting children where they are at is important in using counseling microskills. Reflecting content and feeling with children in counseling looks different because counselors add behavioral tracking, which is reflecting what the child is doing at any moment when they are engaged in play or activities rather than conversation. Some children, especially those who do not feel safe around adults, may find the tracking threatening. Children and adults both avoid verbal expression of feelings. Children do because feelings are difficult and they lack feeling vocabulary. Children lack self-awareness or language to answer others when they are asked how they are feeling. Counselors can use appropriately timed reflection of feeling when working with children. Counselors need to be aware of culture, gender, and family factors that may cause children to hide feelings. Counselors can effectively extract and impart meaning in a child’s
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