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Conciliation, Children and Divorce (Child Care Policy and Practice Series)

: Howard, John; Shepherd, Graham

This book by John Howard and Graham Shepherd is a practitioner’s guide intended to help all those – social workers, marriage guidance counsellors, magistrates and many other groups of professionals – whose work may involve interviewing separated families. Read more…

Balancing the Request to be Good: Visit to the Outskirts of Child Psychotherapy

: Cameron, Sheila

Balancing the Request to be Good presents an inspiring account of the development of a special therapeutic facility within a child guidance day unit, and the work that went on there. Increasingly troubled by the ineffectiveness of her work with young children in that unit, Sheila Cameron set about finding a more enlightened response to their emotional and behavioural difficulties. Drawing heavily on some of the well-established practices of art, play and child psychotherapy, she places particular emphasis on the inter-related use of sand trays and a procedure called Talk and Draw. Central to the provision are conditions in which children feel as ‘free’ and ‘safe’ as possible to give constructive, creative expression to their concerns, no matter how bad or bizarre they might perceive them to be. The author takes the reader through detailed descriptions of the materials employed and discusses the ideas underlying their use. Assisted by case studies of individual children and many touching examples of their words and images, she arrives at a treatment approach which should appeal to children and workers in a variety of settings. At a time of growing concern about how best to help and sustain children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, this text offers a thoughtful and practical response. The author’s integrity and wisdom shines through every page, for she has remained true to the quest to learn from experience. Read more…

Adopting or Fostering a Sexually Abused Child (Child care policy & practice (BAAF))

: MacAskill, Catherine

This book looks at the social problems encountered by those involved in the adoption and fostering of children who have been sexually abused. Drawing on interviews with families who have had direct experience of the problems, this book by Catherine MacAskill, includes chapters on recognizing the signs of sexual abuse, helping children talk about their experiences, the impact on other children in the family, the trauma of allegations, support services and the appropriateness or otherwise of psychotherapy. This book is designed to be of interest to both social workers and substitute parents. Read more…

Children in Care Revisited (Child Care Policy & Practice)

: Mann, Pamela

Pamela Mann follows through the lives of a number of individuals on her own caseload – from her initial contact with them as children when a social worker to some twenty years later. Through extensive interviews with them and with their former caregivers she records their impressions of being in care and of its long term after-effects, and at the same time presents a cross-section of life in residential care, foster care and adoptive families. Read more…

Prevention and Reunification (Child care policy and practice)

: Triseliotis, John; Marsh, Peter

This detailed symposium explores two of the most sensitive issues in child care preventing the break-up of the family, and facilitating, when possible, the return of the child to its own parents. Authored by John Triseliotis and Peter Marsh. Read more…

Saying Goodbye: Stories of Separation between care staff and people with learning disabilities

: Mattison, Victoria; Pistrang, Nancy

People with learning disabilities living in residential care regularly experience separation and loss when their keyworkers move away. Clinical experience suggests that these transitions are critical for the emotional well-being of clients, for whom supportive relationships with staff are essential. In “Saying Goodbye” the authors, Victoria Mattison and Nancy Pistrang  aim to raise awareness of some of the processes that occur when keyworker relationships end, in the hope that such endings can become less painful for both staff and clients. Specific recommendations of how to plan the end of staff-client relationships are included. The book draws upon a qualitative research study which involved in-depth interviews with both clients and staff in residential settings for people with learning disabilities. It draws extensively on the words of the participants themselves, looking at parallel accounts of loss and change. People with learning disabilities are rarely asked about their experience of care and this is the first study to examine how these clients, as well as staff, experience the end of keyworking relationships. Read more…

Unhappy Children: Reasons and Remedies

: Smith, Heather

When children’s emotional needs are not met, they become unhappy. This text reveals their distress both at home and at school through fear, anxiety and often troublesome behaviour which is not easy to comprehend or understand. Three fundamental questions run through this book. What are the situations a child might encounter when growing up that can lead to a threat to his or her emotional well being? What emotional needs are not being met? What can be done to help that child recover a sense of well being and move on? In dealing with these questions the emphasis throughout the text is on the child’s feelings but not to the exclusion of the feelings of the parents, since both are inevitably interwoven. The book presents the emotional problems of children in depth, and a variety of ways of dealing with those problems. Heather Smith’s text is illustrated throughout with examples of children the author has encountered. Read more…

Psychoanalysis with Children: History, Theory and Practice

: Rodriguez, Leonardo

This text is a major contribution to the theory and practice of psychoanalysis with children from a Lacanian perspective, and the first of its kind in the English language. It critically examines the theoretical approaches and clinical practices of the psychoanalysts that historically have prevailed in the field: Hermine Hug-Hellmuth, Anna Freud, Melanie Klein and her school, D.W. Winnicott, Jacques Lacan and Rosine and Robert Lefort. The critique is organised around four fundamental questions: the child as an autonomous analysand; the rationale for the psychoanalytic treatment of children; the child and the family; the ethics of psychoanalysis and the desire of the analyst who works with children. It shows that psychoanalysis with children is an integral part of psychoanalysis, not a separate discipline. The child enters an analysis not as a child but as a subject, an analysand in the full sense of the term, capable of working in analysis as any grown-up, and frequently better than grown-ups at that. Hence the title, psychoanalysis with children, rather than of children. With more than 25 years of clinical experience with children and their parents, as well as research on psychoanalytic concepts and practical applications, Leonardo Rodriguez also presents his views on a number of issues of crucial relevance for psychoanalytic theory and practice with children including the process of acquisition of a sexual orientation; the handling of the transference and the end of the treatment; the treatment of childhood psychosis and autism; the maternal superego; the contribution of psychoanalysis to the history and modern conceptions of childhood. Read more…

Separation and the Very Young

: Robertson, James; Robertson, Joyce

How do small children feel when they are separated from their parents and familiar surroundings? In this account of their pioneering research, the authors describe the anxiety, loneliness and despair of young children in hospital, foster homes and institutions in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. This is the first history of a uniquely influential couple in the field of child health, who pioneered research into the effects of separation from the mother when a small child went into hospital. James & Joyce Robertson’s work revolutionised the policy of hospitals. Read more…

The Symbolic Impetus: How Creative Fantasy Motivates Development

: Stewart, Charles

This title describes the symbolic process in child’s play at each stage from infancy onwards. In addition it shows how particular symbols can facilitate the healing of blocks that may arise in each stage of psychological development. Charles Stewart’s book is in two parts, In part one, each of the chapters describes a new phase of the symbolic process as it emerges in typical fantasies that accompany a stage of normal development. In part two, each chapter is devoted to the exposition of the particular healing role played by symbols at different stages of development in psychotherapy with infants, children, adolescents and adults. Read more…