The participation of children and adolescents in family counselling: The German experience

Vossler, Andreas (2004). The participation of children and adolescents in family counselling: The German experience. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 4(1) pp. 54–61.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14733140412331384058

Abstract

This paper reflects the experiences of young people in child guidance and family coun¬selling. For this purpose, first the institutional background of these counselling services in Germany is outlined. The fact that the adolescents concerned feel partly ex¬cluded and insufficiently integrated into the counselling process is illustrated through qualitative analysis of the experiences 17 young people had during their counselling process. These empirical findings are critically discussed in terms of the institutional conditions and methodical approaches which counteract the in¬volve¬ment of the actual addressees of the counselling service. The closing thoughts include methodical options for a stronger orientation of professional be¬ha¬viour to¬wards fa¬cilitating participation.

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