Relational Child Psychotherapy

Relational Child Psychotherapy

by Neil Altman
     
 

ISBN-10: 159051422X

ISBN-13: 9781590514221

Pub. Date: 03/09/2010

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

Child psychotherapists practicing today are faced with the challenge of developing a coherent theory and technique while drawing on a number of diverse traditions as disparate as psychoanalysis, behavior therapy, and family systems theory. This diversity presents child therapists with a rich heritage, but it also presents a formidable complexity to integrate the best

Overview

Child psychotherapists practicing today are faced with the challenge of developing a coherent theory and technique while drawing on a number of diverse traditions as disparate as psychoanalysis, behavior therapy, and family systems theory. This diversity presents child therapists with a rich heritage, but it also presents a formidable complexity to integrate the best of what they offer in their therapeutic work. This book develops such an integration, offering a rich overview of issues currently being addressed by clinicians and theoreticians, exploring various relational models and their implications for treatment. The authors bring to light the critical issues of clinical practice with children, and offer powerful new models for child psychotherapists. The problems and strategies for approaching the clinical relationship between child and therapist, as well as that between parent and therapist, are examined in depth. The authors also explore the clinical setting versus the role of the therapist in the extra-clinical context of a child's life, the therapeutic aspects of play, and the unique behaviors of children manifested in the therapeutic environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590514221
Publisher:
Other Press, LLC
Publication date:
03/09/2010
Pages:
426
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Prefacexi
1Introduction1
Part 1Child and Parent Development from a Relational Viewpoint17
2Infancy and Preschool Years19
3Grade School Years and Parental Development53
4Love and Identification between Parent and Child77
5Cultural and Socioeconomic Influences87
Part 2Psychopathology from a Relational Viewpoint103
6Three Assumptions about Psychopathology105
7Different Ways of Thinking about Psychopathology133
Part 3Conceiving of Treatment151
8Assessment and Treatment Planning153
Part 4Child and Therapist in the Treatment Room185
9Play in Child Treatment187
10Transference and Countertransference in Child Treatment215
11Launching the Therapy with the Child231
12Interaction in Child Psychotherapy253
13Using Countertransference and Participation in Handling Impasses269
Part 5The Context of Child Psychotherapy283
14Including Parents in the Psychotherapy287
15The Therapist in the Child's Larger World311
16Therapeutic Action337
Postscript on Endings367
References371
Index393

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