University of Edinburgh

Introduction to Counselling Skills


Austen, Sally & Jeffery, Dave
Deafness and challenging behaviour: the 360° perspective
John Wiley, 2007
ISBN 9780470025482
Multi-disciplinary professionals with specialist knowledge of working with deaf people explore aspects of mild to severe challenging behaviour. Special emphasis is placed on the needs of deaf sign language users.

Bailey, Gail
Emotional well-being for children with special educational needs and disabilities
Sage, 2012
ISBN 9781446201602
A practical guide to strategies practitioners can use to prevent or minimise the risk of longer term mental health issues and social exclusion. Covers a range of disabilities including visual impairment and deafness.

Boxall, Marjorie
Nurture groups in school: principles and practice
Paul Chapman, 2002
ISBN 0761973435
Discusses a method for helping children whose early development means that they have not gained the personal and social competencies needed for school.

Dowling, Marion
Young children's personal, social and emotional development
Paul Chapman, 2000
ISBN 076196360X
The theory and practice of personal and social development with young children, using everyday examples from early years settings.

Edwards, Lindsey & Crocker, Susan
Psychological processes in deaf children with complex needs: an evidence-based practical guide
Jessica Kingsley, 2008
ISBN 9781843104148
Children affected by deafness and additional difficulties, such as autism, specific learning difficulties and behavioural and emotional problems are discussed. Written by two clinical psychologists so it has a medical/clinical bias.

Lawrence, Denis
Enhancing self-esteem in the classroom (2nd ed)
Paul Chapman, 1996
ISBN 1853963518
How to devise a systematic programme to enhance self esteem, and how to use self-esteem enhancement in everyday teaching.

National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)
Healthy minds: a programme for exploring good emotional health and well-being with deaf young people
NDCS, 2011
ISBN 9781907814365
Programme of 6 sessions aimed to develop and promote positive mental health for children and young people who are deaf.

National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)
What are you feeling? a guide to developing emotional vocabulary for children who are deaf and may have learning difficulties
NDCS, 2012
ISBN 9781907814679
Teaching resource for deaf children with learning difficulties which provides emotional vocabulary. Worksheets provide graphic and signed explanations for the words (Widgit Symbols).

Reed, Helen
What are you feeling? a guide to teaching emotional literacy in the classroom
NDCS, 2001
ISBN 0904691578
Teaching resource for younger children which provides emotional vocabulary for deaf children. Worksheets provide graphic and signed explanations for the words.

Sprenger, Marilee B
Becoming a "Wiz" at brain-based teaching: how to make every year your best year
Corwin, 2002
ISBN 0761978615
Uses the metaphor of the "The Wizard of Oz" to illustrate a method of teaching which fosters the children's emotional and social skills allowing academic learning to take place.

Webb, Marilyn; Salt, Natalie; Wiffen-Jones, Doreen
Evaluation of the counselling service for children with visual impairment and their families: by service users, parents and teaching staff
Birmingham City Council, 2004
A study of service users at a specialist counselling service for visually impaired children.

Webster-Stratton, Carolyn
How to promote children's social and emotional competence
Paul Chapman, 1999
ISBN 0761965017
For teachers of children aged 4-8 years on how teachers can work with parents in addressing children's educational and emotional needs.

Zeedyk, Suzanne
Sabre tooth tigers and teddy bears: the connected baby guide to understanding attachment
Suzanne Zeedyk Ltd, 2013
Looks at how early attachment experiences affect child development and emotional development that affects your coping strategies throughout your life.


English, Kris
Counselling for audiologists: listening with a 'third ear'
Ear Foundation, 2008
DVD of a lecture given by Kris English about the counselling skills required by people involved with deaf children and their families. Accompanied by a booklet and printout of presentation slides.


Scottish Council on Deafness
Counselling ... : a resource
Scottish Council on Deafness, 2007
DVD for PC.


Emotional support
Jul/Aug 2013, No 46, p34-35
Offering support to non-specialist staff who may need to counsel young people with sight loss.

Bailey, Gail
Enhancing motivation
Jan/Feb 2008, No 13, p35-36
Suggests ways to support a young person lacking motivation.

Bergeron, Catherine M & Wanet-Defalque, Marie-Chantal
Psychological adaptation to visual impairment: the traditional grief process revised
British Journal of Visual Impairment
January 2013, Vol 31 (1), p20-31
Explored the nature of the grief experienced by those with acquired vision problems as they come to terms with their visual impairment.

Bowen, Louise; Leeven, Martina; Lacy, Pamela
Counselling and emotional support in low vision services: The ESaC project
June 2011, No 66, p20-23
An evaluation of the impact of a counselling service as part of an integrated low vision service.

Cavanagh, Jean
Using autogenic therapy
Mar/Apr 2007, No 8, p26-29
Therapy aimed at reducing stress which could be useful as a relaxation tool for adolescents who are losing their sight which helps to foster a positive attitude.

Cote, Lise; Dube, Micheline; St-Onge, Myreille; Beauregard, Line
Helping persons with Usher syndrome type II adapt to deafblindness: an intervention program centered on managing personal goals
British Journal of Visual Impairment
May 2013, Vol 31 (2), p139-149
Looks at the efficacy of a group-based intervention to help people with Usher syndrome which is characterised by moderate to severe deafness at birth with degeneration of vision during adolescence.

Dale, Susan
Knitting in the dark: narratives about the experience of sight loss in a counselling context
British Journal of Visual Impairment
September 2008, Vol 26 (3), p269-278
Stories from 2 visually impaired people talking about their experiences of coming to terms with their blindness and a brief section on the "narrative counselling" they received.

Elbourn, Tony
Point of the stick: how people with sight loss feel about cane use
October 2012, No 82, p22-24
Discusses the complex emotional relationship visually impaired people can have with their white cane.

English, Kris
Counselling challenges and strategies for cochlear implant specialists
Deafness and Education International
Sept 2010, Vol 12 (3), p129-134
Reviews some familiar counselling challenges for cochlear implant specialists such as disappointment in slower than expected progress and the effort involved in developing new listening skills for patients.

Garnefski, Nadia & Kraaij, Vivian
Effects of a cognitive behavioral self-help program on emotional problems for people with acquired hearing loss: a randomized controlled trial
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Winter 2012, Vol 17 (1), p75-84
People who have acquired a hearing loss after the age of 18 with symptoms of depression were studied to explore the effects of a trial self help programme.

Hintermair, Manfred
Parental resources, parental stress and socioemotional development of deaf and hard of hearing children
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Fall 2006, Vol 11 (4), p493-513
A study of the links between the stress experienced by parents and the emotional and social problems of their deaf children.

Hodge, Suzanne ... [et al]
Exploring the role of an emotional support and counselling service for people with visual impairments
British Journal of Visual Impairment
January 2013, Vol 31 (1), p5-19
A report on the evaluation of a project to offer emotional support and counselling as an integral part of the low vision service.

Lawson, Claire
Emma's story
Nov/Dec 2010, No 30, p13-14
Parent tells the story of her struggle to understand her child's behaviour problems.

Murphy, Karen
Teenager power
Oct/Dec 2011, No 36, p24-25
Describes an innovative approach to creating opportunities for visually impaired teenagers to have fun and build self-esteem.

Nyman, Samuel R; Gosney, Margot A; Victor, Christina R
Emotional well-being in people with sight loss: lessons from grey literature
British Journal of Visual Impairment
Sept 2010, Vol 28 (3), p175-203
A literature review concentrating on unpublished sources about the emotional well-being of adults with a visual impairment.

Plotkin, Rachael M; Brice, Patrick J; Reesman, Jennifer H
It is not just stress: parent personality in raising a deaf child
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
July 2014, Vol 19 (3), p347-357
This study looked at parent's personalities and stress factors and how this manifests in their deaf children's behaviour.

Pybis, Joanne ... [et al]
Nature of emotional support and counselling provision for people with sight loss in the United Kingdom
British Journal of Visual Impairment
May 2016, Vol 34 (2), p167-176
Results from a survey of visually impaired people on their social and emotional wellbeing and the services that underpin this.

Stedman, Caroline
Caroline's casebook
Jan/Feb 2013, No 43, p24-25
Explores sibling relationships and how disability can affect that relationship especially during teenage years.

Stedman, Caroline
Emotional support for 11-18 year olds
Oct/Dec 2011, No 36, p33-35
A counsellor specialising in emotional support for visually impaired young people talks about how this group can be supported.

Thomas, Chris
"Talk time" in Staffordshire
Spring 2005, No 43, p25-26
Counselling sessions for children with visual impairments in mainstream schools.