Parent Therapy / Edition 1

Parent Therapy / Edition 1

by Linda Jacobs, Carol Wachs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765703599

ISBN-13: 9780765703590

Pub. Date: 06/01/2002

Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.

This controversial book proposes that therapists work with parents in therapy rather than with the child. The authors argue that parent therapy is not only a useful alternative to individual child treatment, but is also more effective in helping the child. Parent therapy rests on a relational understanding of development. The point of entry for the treatment

Overview

This controversial book proposes that therapists work with parents in therapy rather than with the child. The authors argue that parent therapy is not only a useful alternative to individual child treatment, but is also more effective in helping the child. Parent therapy rests on a relational understanding of development. The point of entry for the treatment process is the parent-child relationship and is developed through maternal and paternal histories and projections. Parent therapy focuses on the parents’ understanding of themselves, their relationship with each other and with their child. Therapeutic work with parents allows them to develop new insights into themselves and their child, preserve their autonomy and self-esteem, and effect permanent change. The therapist functions as a consultant to the parents similar to the way a supervisor functions as a consultant to a therapist. Just as therapists learn about their patients in working with a supervisor, parents learn to become more introspective, thoughtful, and knowledgeable about their own child. It would injure the patient-therapist relationship for the supervisor to work directly with the patient. In the same way, the child is better served when the parents learn how to handle conflict and development themselves rather than having a therapist intervene with the parent-child relationship. Parent therapy addresses the parents’ unconscious conflicts in an atmosphere of collaboration with the therapist and has a life-long effect.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765703590
Publisher:
Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
I.Parent Consultation and Therapy1
1.A New Treatment Model3
2.Clinical Vignettes9
3.Current Research23
II.A Comparative View27
4.The Classical Model29
5.Family Systems Therapy43
6.Relationally Informed Child Therapy49
III.Parenting Issues59
7.Enhancing Parental Capacities61
8.Dealing with Discipline89
9.Responding to Aggression107
IV.Treatment Referrals125
10.Divorce127
11.Referrals for Symptomatology141
12.Learning Disabilities161
V.Special Situations177
13.School Consultation179
14.Consultation in the Physicians's Office195
15.Consultation in the Mental Health Center211
16.Preservation of the Autonomy and the Integrity of the Parent221
References223
Index235

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