It can be challenging to convince a child that it is all right to trust you and tell you their most intimate secrets. It’s difficult, but not impossible, and if you read the following books on this issue, you should have a better idea of how you will be able to communicate with your child clients.
Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child by Cathy Glass
Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child is a story that every child psychologist should read. It is about a child named Jodie who suffered unspeakable abuse at the hands of her parents who ran a pedophile ring with their neighbors. The story highlights the fact that Social Services failed to address the pedophile issue. Jodie was placed in a residential unit before she ended up with Cathy Glass who has worked wonders with her. Although Ms. Glass had improved Jodie’s life immensely, Social Services placed the girl in a residential unit again. Ms. Glass remains a part of Jodie’s life and continues to help her to this day.
The Psychology of the Child by Jean Piaget and Barbel Inhelder
Child psychologist Jean Piaget wrote extensively on the subject of child development. This particular book was written after 40 years of research and study in the area of child development and discusses the stages of childhood at length. For example, Piaget has studied children from infancy to their middle years. He also includes a section that is devoted to adolescence. Specifically, he details the child’s cognitive development during these periods along with his collaborator Barbel Inhelder. Piaget’s work has influenced countless others over the years.
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk
This book by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish would be invaluable to someone who plans to become a child psychologist. The authors are known as experts in this area, and they explain how to address a child’s negative emotions as they offer constructive ways that those negative feelings can be expressed. The authors also describe the difference between praise that is helpful and praise that can be harmful. Readers of this book learn how to set limits for children without creating a hostile atmosphere. It even addresses the issue of behavior correction with the intent of helping children become self-disciplined individuals.
The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do about It
Philip Zimbardo and Nikita D. Coulombe introduce the idea of “arousal addiction” to the public with this book. They express the idea that boys are addicted to video games and pornography, and they suggest ways that young men can be encouraged to live differently. They explain that young men are having difficulties being in successful relationships and excelling in school and in their jobs, and they introduce a plan that can help young men become what the world needs them to be. They enlist the help of both parents and teachers in these exercises.
Natureshock: New Thinking about Children
Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman ask many questions about childhood that they do not believe have been answered by psychologists of the past. They have performed extensive research on this subject and believe that parents have been doing the wrong things. For example, the authors do not believe that people are praising their children correctly. According to them, instead of praising the child, it is better to praise the outcome of the action. The authors have many suggestions for those who work with children in this book.
These five books will help you develop a strategy for tackling the issues that your child clients will bring to you. Working with children can be especially rewarding, so read one book, or read them all. The outcome is sure to be positive after you have done so.