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Brighter Futures: A Parents’ Guide To Raising Happy, Confident Children In The Primary School Years.

: Dr. Liz Dawes, Nicola Gorringe, Dr. Katherine Hodson, Dr. Lucy Russell, Dr. Jennifer Swanston, Dr. Susan Wimshurst

Brighter Futures has been written by a team of clinical psychologists for parents and carers of children aged 4-11.  This book tackles some of the challenges that face a child of this age in the modern world.   Maybe your child is struggling to live life to the full. Perhaps worries are holding them back? Maybe they are finding friendships tricky? Maybe teachers have raised concerns that something is getting in the way of your child being happy or fulfilling their potential at school?   The team of clinical psychologists guide you through exactly what to do, from figuring out the roots of the problem, to making and reviewing a manageable plan of action.   Each chapter follows the same approach and contains tried and tested strategies that are practical and are focused on the areas of concern.  You will be encouraged to consider changes which could make a big difference.   This book considers the whole child and all the aspects which make up their world including environment, their routines, diet, exercise, brain development, their feelings and their views and helps you guide your child to learn the essential skills of life. Read more…

Autism: Debates and Testimonies

: Ribas, Denys.

Childhood autism is a fascinating and disturbing disorder that has given rise to contentious debates, which often end in impasse. Here, Denys Ribas reviews this enigmatic condition, focusing on the work of Hans Asperger, which paved the way for institutional care and has wider importance than has often been recognized, and on testimonies provided by former sufferers from autism and on the analytic psychotherapy of a child. The author examines all the theories under discussion today, including developments in genetics and the access to symbolisation and, in a constant concern with clinical practice, instigates a constructive debate between the traditionally conflicting views of psychoanalysis and the cognitive sciences. Written in a lucid style that explains the concepts with reference to a glossary, this book will be relevant not only to students, professionals and parents who are dealing with the psychic difficulties of autistic children and the challenge of treating them, but also to anyone with a general interest in the development of thought and language. Read more…

Adolescents in Foster Family Care (Child Care Policy & Practice)

: Aldgate, Jane

This text was written in response to the heavy increase in admissions of adolescents to care in both Britain and America. Jane Aldgate provides an introduction for social work students and practitioners to the placement of children over 12 and to the various forms of foster care which have been developed on both sides of the Atlantic for this group. It draws equally on British and American experience, presenting a theoretical base combined with coverage of successful practice. It deals with such issues as: the conceptual “map” on which social work practice should be based; the use of agreements in foster family placements; preparation for independent living; assessment and training of foster families; the experience of young people in foster care; and strategies for helping them make a success of their placements, with an emphasis on practice examples. The text should be useful to all those who work with adolescents, especially in such areas as employment, housing and juvenile crime, including probation officers and magistrates. Read more…

Therapy and Consultation in Child Care

: Winnicott, Donald; Dockar-Drysdale, Barbara.

Therapy in Child Care and Consultation in Child Care are two classics of clinical and theoretical work on psychotherapy with severely disturbed children. The author, Barbara Docker-Drysdale is Britain’s leading figure in this field. She worked closely with Donald Winnicott in the period after World War Two and applied his ideas, and her own, to the therapy of severely damaged children. Read more…

Children as Individuals

: Fordham, Michael

Michael Fordham’s pioneering work on the archetypes and the self in childhood has spanned almost fifty years. This was the first book to present a Jungian model of development and was path breaking for child development. Since then, the accumulation of evidence from experimental, observational and analytical sources has added weight to the conception that the dynamic of the self is an important feature of development. It has greatly strengthened Fordham’s view of an infant as an individual and made it possible for him to clarify and expand on his ideas. The book includes many fascinating descriptions from Fordham’s practice, and experience of infant observation studies, but in addition it provides the basic conceptions on which the burgeoning Jungian approach to child analysis is based. It is essential reading for students and professionals in child care and psychotherapy. Read more…

In and Out of Care: The Experiences of Children, Parents and Social Workers (Child Care Policy & Practice)

: Fisher, M; Marsh, P; Phillips, D

A unique insight into the workings of the child care system, based on the frank testimony of children, parents and workers in the field. The study by Mike Fisher, Peter Marsh and David Phillips with Eric Sainsbury is based on 350 actual cases, supported by 331 detailed interviews. It analyses the careers of children in care and reports in detail the participants’ views of family life, of entry to care, of care itself, and of leaving care. Read more…

The World of Adolescence: Literature, Society and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

: Copley, Beta

Beta Copley addresses three celebrated literary works with adolescence in mind: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing, and Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin. These set the stage for the clinical material in the second half of the book. Here, she illustrates the core approach of intensive one-to-one work with adolescents. Read more…

Betrayal of Trust: Sexual Abuse by Men Who Work with Children – In Their Own Words

: Colton, Matthew; Vanstone, Maurice

The most notorious and disturbing cases of child sexual abuse have included abuse by men entrusted to work directly with children. Matthew Colton and Maurice Vanstone carried out in-depth interviews with men serving prison sentences for sexually abusing children in their trust. All the men participated voluntarily, gave permission for publication, and expressed a wish to contribute to child protection. Betrayal of Trust provides a detailed record of the men’s stories – largely told in their own words – including their early life experiences; their sexual development, education and employment careers; how they perpetrated their abuse; and their experience of the prison-based treatment programme. The implications of the men’s accounts for the treatment of offenders, and the protection of potential victims of abuse, are also considered. Read more…

That Why Child: Problems in Psychotherapy and Counselling

: Jeffrey, Carol

This text records the experiences, over 50 years, of psychotherapist Carol Jeffrey. It describes her work with children with special needs, which eventually led to the establishment of the Child Guidance Service, and details her entering into a long Jungian analysis with Michael Fordham. Read more…

Reaching the Young Autistic Child: Reclaiming Non-autistic Potential Through Communicative Strategies and Games

: Janert, Sibylle

This work aims to help all those involved with autistic children to recover, little by little, from the trauma and despair engendered by the diagnosis autistic, autistic spectrum disorder, autistic features, autistic tendencies or Aspergers syndrome. Sibylle Janert assembles a collection of useful ideas, activities, strategies and games developed by the author from her many years of experience of working with young children with autistic features. Included are descriptions of the many cognitive/behaviourial methods currently available, findings from infant-research and modern psychodynamic understanding, which are based on the underlying assumption that in any human being, including the most severely autistic child, there will be by definition by some healthy developmental i.e. non autistic, potential towards human contact and communication. Read more…