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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 behavior 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 behavior, 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.
About the Author
Louise Emanuel is a Consultant Child Psychotherapist working in the Child and Family Department of the Tavistock Clinic, Chair of the Under Fives Service and Co-Convenor of its training forum, the Infant Mental Health Workshop. She lectures on training programs in the UK, Europe, Israel and South Africa and is author of Understanding Your Three Year Old.
Elizabeth Bradley works as a Consultant Child Psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic, having also trained as a Psychoanalyst. She has been a leading member of the Infant Mental Health Workshop for over twenty years and also works with parents and families with difficulties at all developmental stages.
Table of Contents
Series Editor’s Preface; About the Editors and Contributors; Acknowledgements; ForewordMargaret Rustin; Preface; Introduction; I THEORY AND PRACTICE: EARLY DEVELOPMENTS 1) Brief work with parents of infantsIsca Wittenberg; 2) The relation of infant observation to clinical practice in an Under Fives counselling serviceLisa Miller; 3) Infant-parent psychotherapy: Selma Fraiberg’s contribution to understanding the past in the presentJuliet Hopkins; LATER DEVELOPMENTS 4) The Process of Change in Under-Fives WorkPaul Barrows; 5) A Slow UnfoldingAt Double SpeedLouise Emanuel; 6) A Sinking Heart: Whose Problem Is it? Under-Fives Work in the Surgery of a General PractitionerBeverley Tydeman and Janine Sternberg; II COMMON THEMES IN WORK WITH UNDER FIVES: CHALLENGING AND DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOUR 7) Anger between children and parents? How Can we Help?Lisa Miller; 8) Disruptive and Depressed Toddlers: The Impact of Undetected Maternal Depression on Infants and Young ChildrenLouise Emanuel; 9) Where the Wild Things Are: Tantrums and Behaviour Problems in Two Under-Fives BoysCathy Urwin; THE PARENT COUPLE AND OEDIPAL ISSUES 10) Locating the ghost in the nursery: The Importance of the Parental CouplePaul Barrows; 11) Father “there and not there”: The Concept of a “united couple” in families with unstable partnershipsLouise Emanuel; 12) Oedipal Issues in Under Fives Families: Creating a Space for ThinkingMichi Gurion; SEPARATION AND LOSS; WEANING AND GROWTH 13) Spanning Presence and AbsenceMeira Likierman; 14) Sleeping and Feeding Problems: Attunement and Daring to be DifferentDilys Daws; 15) Holding the Balance: Life and Death in the Early YearsElizabeth Bradley; Glossary; References; Index.