What Can the Matter Be?: Therapeutic Interventions with Parents, Infants and Young Children [NOOK Book]

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This volume is the result of over twenty years of therapeutic interventions with families within the Tavistock Clinic's Under Fives Service. It describes in detail the process of understanding young children's communications and behaviour and the dynamics of family relationships within the consulting room in a lively, accessible style. It covers common themes in work with young children such as disruptive, angry behaviour, separation and sleep difficulties, and problems in the parent/couple relationship. This ...
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What Can the Matter Be?: Therapeutic Interventions with Parents, Infants and Young Children

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Overview

This volume is the result of over twenty years of therapeutic interventions with families within the Tavistock Clinic's Under Fives Service. It describes in detail the process of understanding young children's communications and behaviour and the dynamics of family relationships within the consulting room in a lively, accessible style. It covers common themes in work with young children such as disruptive, angry behaviour, separation and sleep difficulties, and problems in the parent/couple relationship. This book is essential reading for all early years professionals hoping to gain a greater understanding of the technique, observational skills and theory which underlie a psychodynamic approach to work with the under fives.
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“This rich collection celebrates the Tavistock Clinic Under Fives Service, which has much to teach us about the needs and possibilities of therapeutic interventions for families. With its multi-layered approach—to theory, service provision and clinical practice; to infants, toddlers and children; to their parents as adults now and as children then—this riveting book can be read on many levels and should be required reading for all those involved in ‘the early years’.”

“This lively book will prove invaluable to professionals in both clinic and community settings. Rich case material brought by each contributor illustrates the complexities of brief focused work in families with young children whose distress manifests in a variety of presenting problems. Modelling for clients their own emotional availability and capacity to withstand the tremendous impact of powerful forces, these very experienced clinicians support families by providing thinking space and promoting thoughtfulness.”

“This scholarly book is a welcome addition to the expanding field of literature on infant mental health and, in particular, to clinical work with infants and their parents. The book describes clearly how the application of observational skills, psychoanalytic concepts and child development research underpin the work, making it accessible to all mental health professionals, whether infant, child or adult therapists.”

“This collection of papers is an important resource for clinicians intervening with troubled under fives and their families. The writing vividly conveys the intense passions of young children's emotional life and represents a distillation of clinical expertise, in particular the therapists' creative commitment to reaching the children and their families. Deeply moving and inspiring, this book sends a message of hopefulness that thoughtful clinical intervention can have a transformative effect on the lives of children and their families.”

“This volume is the result of over twenty years of therapeutic interventions with families within the Tavistock Clinic’s Under Fives Service. It describes in detail the process of understanding young children’s communications and behaviour and the dynamics of family relationships within the consulting room in a lively, accessible style. It covers common themes in work with young children such as disruptive, angry behaviour, separation and sleep difficulties, and problems in the parent/couple relationship. This book is essential reading for all early years professionals hoping to gain a greater understanding of the technique, observational skills and theory which underlie a psychodynamic approach to work with the under fives.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780493985
  • Publisher: Karnac Books
  • Publication date: 12/31/2008
  • Series: Tavistock Clinic Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 385 KB

Meet the Author

Louise Emanuel is a consultant child psychotherapist in the Child and Family Department of the Tavistock Clinic. She is head of the Under Fives Service and convenor of its training forum, the Infant Mental Health Workshop. She has a special interest in parent-infant interventions and parent-couple work. She is Course Organiser of the MA in Infant Mental Health and teaches on the Tavistock Clinical Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. She has lectured in Europe, Australia, South Africa and South America, and wrote the book 'Understanding your Three-Year-Old' (Tavistock Clinic 'Understanding Your Child' series). Elizabeth Bradley is a consultant Child and Adolescent psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic. She is a psychoanalyst and has a special interest in the application of psychoanalytic ideas to working with parents and children. She has written about unconscious factors affecting emotional life in pregnancy and motherhood. She has been a leading member of the Under Fives Service at the Tavistock Clinic.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Margaret Rustin Rustin, Margaret

Introduction 1

I Theory and Practice

Early developments 11

1 Brief work with parents of infants Isca Wittenberg Wittenberg, Isca 15

2 The relation of infant observation to clinical practice in an under-fives counselling service Lisa Miller Miller, Lisa 38

3 Infant-parent psychotherapy: Selma Fraiberg's contribution to understanding the past in the present Juliet Hopkins Hopkins, Juliet 54

Later developments 67

4 The process of change in under-fives work Paul Barrows Barrows, Paul 69

5 A slow unfolding - at double speed: therapeutic interventions with parents and their young children Louise Emanuel Emanuel, Louise 81

6 A sinking heart: whose problem is it? Under-fives work in the surgery of a general practitioner Beverley Tydeman Tydeman, Beverley Janine Sternberg Sternberg, Janine 99

II Common Themes in Work With Under Fives

Challenging and disruptive behaviour 117

7 Anger between children and parents: how can we help? Lisa Miller Miller, Lisa 121

8 Disruptive and distressed toddlers: the impact of undetected maternal depression on infants and young children Louise Emanuel Emanuel, Louise 136

9 Where the wild things are: tantrums and behaviour problems in two under-fives boys Cathy Urwin Urwin, Cathy 151

The parent couple and oedipal issues 167

10 Locating the ghost in the nursery: the importance of the parental couple Paul Barrows Barrows, Paul 171

11 Father "there and not there": the concept of a "united couple" in families with unstable partnerships Louise Emanuel Emanuel, Louise 187

12 Oedipal issues in under-fives families: creating a space for thinking Michi GurionGurion, Michi 200

Separation and loss; weaning and growth 211

13 Spanning presence and absence: separation anxiety in the early years Meira Likierman Likierman, Meira 215

14 Sleeping and feeding problems: attunement and daring to be different Dilys Daws Daws, Dilys 237

15 Holding the balance: life and death in the early years Elizabeth Bradley Bradley, Elizabeth 254

Glossary 269

References 273

Index 283

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