What to Do if the Mind Does Not Develop?: A Psychoanalytic Study of the Pervasive Development Disorders

What to Do if the Mind Does Not Develop?: A Psychoanalytic Study of the Pervasive Development Disorders

by Roberto Bertolini


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782204039
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Roberto Bertolini has a degree in medicine and specialized in neurology at the Catholic University in Rome and in Child Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic in London, where he was for many years a visiting teacher for the program "Work with disruptive adolescents". He is a teacher of the Scuola Quadrenniale in Child Psychotherapy of the Centro Studi Martha Harris in Florence, and tutor of the Tavistock model Courses in Observational Studies and Child Mental Health in Italy. He conducts training and clinical supervision for operators of mental health and social services. He is also the author of a number of books on child development and primitive psychopathology.

Table of Contents

About the Author
Preface—Dr. Alberto Hahn

Part I: Method of Enquiry
Introduction to Part I: On psychoanalytic psychotherapy with patients suffering from pervasive developmental disorders
1) The mind model of child psychoanalysis in clinical work with children
2) An example of psychoanalytic consultation with children: the clinical case of Carlotta (C)
3) The eyes and the mind (1): on the observational processes in clinical work with children

Part II: Clinicalfindings
4) What can be done if the mind does not develop? Encountering bi-dimensionality and absence of meaning while working with child and adolescent psychotics
5) Is it possible to interpret autistic material in the way we interpret dreams?
6) Thomas (T), the child trapped in a “deaf and dumb” Pinocchio-like body: in between a disembodied mind and a dehumanised body
7) Suzanne (S), a Goldilocks-like spiteful little girl: the growth of a new concept of self through the birth of imagination
8) Rebecca (Re), the child kissed by the Snow Queen: lifeline and perspective as symbolic forms

Part III: Implications
9) The eyes and the mind (2): the exercise of knowing the self and the other
10) In the clearing of being: the difficult discovery of shared meanings in the process of weaning from therapy in a patient suffering from pervasive developmental disorder

Appendices A to K: Areas of conceptual and methodological development

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