The Uses of Psychoanalysis in Working with Children's Emotional Lives

The Uses of Psychoanalysis in Working with Children's Emotional Lives

by Michael O'Loughlin
     
 

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This volume offers very specific illustrations of psychoanalytic ways of thinking and working in both clinical and pedagogical contexts with children. It is designed for professionals who work with infants, children, and adolescents, and who are seeking modes of working that respects emotions, that embrace context, and that privilege imagination and possibility. For

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This volume offers very specific illustrations of psychoanalytic ways of thinking and working in both clinical and pedagogical contexts with children. It is designed for professionals who work with infants, children, and adolescents, and who are seeking modes of working that respects emotions, that embrace context, and that privilege imagination and possibility. For professionals who already practice in ways that are sympathetic to these modes of working, the scholarly underpinning of this work offers a rationale for taking a stand in favor of emotionally focused, child-centered work and in opposition to systems that negate the lives of children. This book is for caring professionals who devote their lives to creating spaces for children to find their own paths and is intended to serve as a source of sustenance and support for such work.

Editorial Reviews

Norma Tracey
Michael O’Loughlin brings compassion, insight, and understanding to his work with children. He is learned in theory and cares deeply for his subjects in practice. He shines a light on the emotions of childhood—imprinting in our minds what it is to be a child and to suffer while his work simultaneously instills hope that psychoanalytic thinking, combined with empathy, can relieve the suffering of child subjects.

Elizabeth P. Quintero
As Nigel Williams says, this work 'is a political and cultural manifesto that challenges the split between the psychological, the social, and the political' in our work and lives with young children and their families. So many wise pedagogues over the decades, Magda Gerber, A.S. Neill, and Paulo Freire, have pushed us to consider emotions as integral to learning and to acknowledge that all work is political. Yet, here in the 21st Century when we still are being brain-washed to believe that the only teaching of value is "evidenced-based practice," we have almost lost the moral ability to critically question: Which evidence? As identified by whom? In which contexts? This work is long overdue; it crosses boundaries, transgresses, and questions how much discreet and specialized professions can really do. The scholarly underpinning of this work will offer a rationale for taking a stand in favor of emotionally-focused, child-centered work and in opposition to systems that negate the lives of children. Whether students and I are working with migrating families from war-torn communities in Central America, second generation Hmong and Latino families, or a combination of multigenerational friends and loved ones, we will treasure these stories. Thank you to Michael O’Loughlin and the contributors to this volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765709202
Publisher:
Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date:
03/14/2013
Series:
New Imago
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
388
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Michael O’Loughlin, PhD, professor at Adelphi University, New York, is on the faculty of Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies and in the School of Education. He is a clinical and research supervisor in the PhD program in clinical psychology and on the faculty of the Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at Adelphi. He is editor of the companion volume to this book, Psychodynamic Perspectives on Working with Children, Families and Schools, also published by Jason Aronson.

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