A Beginner's Guide to Personal Construct Therapy with Children and Young People
Heather Moran (2020)
PCP offers the possibility of working therapeutically with a person with any mental health or neurodevelopmental diagnosis, yet there are only a few books about using PCP with children and young people. The aim of this book is to fill a particular gap in that literature. Sometimes people who want to use a PCP approach are unsure about how to apply the theory of PCP in their sessions. If they are not lucky enough to have contact with a PCP supervisor or interest group, they can miss out on hearing about how other professionals might approach their work. There is no similar book available so this is not just for beginners - more experienced practitioners might also find it useful. PCP could not be manualised because it is so individually tailored. However, it is possible to provide an outline and to show how therapy might progress.
This book has details that are not available in other texts. It is written in a conversational style so it should be more readable if English is not your first language. It takes the reader through setting up for therapy, monitoring progress, explaining a PCP approach, the focus of the beginning, middle and end of therapy, and writing about the therapeutic work. All therapists will need a toolkit and some ideas of how and why to use them. It includes explanations for seven ways to explore construing and two new free techniques that will help the therapist to explore a specific role or a difficult experience. These are written in a similar style to Drawing the Ideal Self, making it easy to follow the process in a session. They are also available to download on the techniques page.