UNICEF, United Nations Children's Fund
This Handbook on Psychosocial Counselling for Children in Especially Difficult Circumstances fulfilled an emerging need for quality training materials for psychosocial counselling of children in Nepal. Psychosocial security is, together with adequate nutrition and physical health, one of the main components of child development and protection.
The goal of this handbook is to enable children, through counselling, to express emotions, worries, and thoughts that aim to restore feelings of dignity and self-esteem. Psychosocial support assists and guides children to find solutions and strengthens strategies that help the child through listening, empathizing, and understanding.
Developed for trainers and master-trainers, this handbook focuses on the humanistic and client-centered approach to counselling. It is important to realize that properly practicing counsellors cannot be trained overnight and that these materials do not assume to cover all areas of counselling. Materials needed for the classroom are provided in this handbook (transparencies, guidelines, etc.).
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