The Discourse of Child Counselling

| University of Leicester
ISBN 9789027218599 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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This book is an empirical study of naturally occurring interaction between child counselling professionals and young children experiencing parental separation or divorce. Based on tape recordings of the work of a London child counselling practice, it offers the reader a unique and sustained look inside the child counselling consultation room at the talk that occurs there. The book uses conversation analysis against a backdrop of sociological work in childhood and family studies to situate the discourse of child counselling at an interface between the increasing incitement to communicate in modern society, the growing recognition of children’s social competence and agency, and the enablements and constraints of institutional forms of discourse participation. Chapters include overviews of recent developments in the sociology of childhood and the sociolinguistics of children’s talk; conversation analysis and institutional discourse; and detailed empirical studies of the linguistic techniques by which counsellors draw out children’s concerns about family trauma and the means by which children, through talking and avoiding talking, either cooperate in or resist their therapeutic subjectification. This book will be of interest to readers in counselling psychology and practitioners of child counselling; to researchers and advanced students in social psychology, sociology and sociolinguistics; and to others interested in childhood and family studies, interactionism, qualitative methodology and conversation analysis.
[IMPACT: Studies in Language and Society, 21]  2007.  xii, 145 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents



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Supplementary note on the presentation of data


Chapter 1 Child counselling and children’s social competence


Chapter 2 Child counselling as institutional interaction


Chapter 3 ‘So this is being taped’: From ethics to analytics in the data collection process


Chapter 4 Talking about feelings: The perspective-display series in child counselling


Chapter 5 Active listening and the formulation of concerns


Chapter 6 ‘I don’t know’: The interactional dynamics of resistance and response


Chapter 7 Child counselling and the incitement to communicate



“This well-written and nicely presented book clearly communicates the problems a councelor faces in therapeutic interaction with a child as well as the interactional tools that enable him/her to pursue therapeutically relevant issues. It is hard not to agree that Hutchby has managed to reveal a glaring discrepancy between the recommendations for councelors in professional textbooks and the actual practice enveiled with the tools provided with CA. This publication demonstrates to any researcher the importance of (local) context sensitivity in analyzing talk-in-interaction and the insightful data discussion will definitely facilitate the councelors' relexivity about their own practice.”
“Ian Hutchby’s new study The Discourse of Child Counselling does not attempt to be a giant leap forward in CA or DA theory, but is rather a scrupulous – and ultimately insightful – empirical study of conversational patterns in child therapy sessions.”

Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN004000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2006101276
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