Overall, this text promotes considerations of professional practice on a number of levels and gently balances the professional and the personal on the same plane. As it is based around the school context it offers these considerations from a context and system well known to Educational Psychologists, thereby making this text, both a reflective and engaging read.
Journal of Mental Health
It is short but enjoyable read, well written and masterfully told.
The SL (School Librarian)
This is very readable book offers insights into some of the behaviours and attitudes of youngsters as they struggle to reconcile their need to be "special" or extraordinary with their desire to be normal... Bullying, teenage depression and rebellion can all be due to the tension between wanting to stand out and blend in, and the book describes ways of working with young people to help them find a balance that enables them to achieve while accepting their own ordinariness. This is aimed specifically at counsellors, but I found it enlightening as it explained some of the teenage behaviours that can seen so baffling and self-destructive.
Children & Young People Now
As someone who works with quieter, more withdrawn young people, I was particularly drawn to this book. Many of them wish to feel special, loved, uniquely valued, but at the same time they want to fit in and not feel weird or totally different from their peers... I could see how these stories could be used to discuss issues with young people to help them work towards their own solutions - help them to see that they are both very similar to and yet, each in their own way, quite different form anyone else.
Youth in Mind
The book will serve as a useful reminder, for professionals working with young people, of the complex contradictions that are often especially present during the teenage years... it is thought provoking and will make a useful resource for practitioners, particularly counsellors or those working in therapeutic relationships with young people.
Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This is an excellent book. Its 14 chapters -some quite short- are thoughtful and stimulating, theoretically sound but grounded in real life, lucid and readable. For those of us who want to understand a little better what makes our children and young people tick -not to mention ourselves- it has much to offer. I hope it will be widely read.