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Studies of Childhood

: Sully, James

Compiled from anecdotes the author, James Sully,  collected both from informants and from published sources, this book journies through major categories of human experience that are of interest in the late-20th century: play and imagination; thought and concepts; language; emotional life; morality and discipline, aesthetic sensibility and drawing. The book provides a natural history of development in each of these areas, beginning in infancy and extending through early childhood. Read more…

Child Abuse, Psychotherapy and the Law: Bearing the Unbearable

: Kennedy, Roger

Provides a legal framework for professionals working with families in the field of child abuse. The aim of the text is to provide a framework for practitioners untrained in law and in doing so allow a greater understanding of individuals, families and groups, and to help lawyers steer families more effectively and humanely through the legal process. It illustrates the complicated issues arising from the interaction between families, the law and mental health workers. The author, Roger Kennedy describes and analyzes the work of Cassel Hospital, a centre for the treatment of families with severe emotional and psychological problems whose children are at risk or who have been abused. Through case studies, the author illustrates the work of the hospital, including in-depth psychotherapeutic work and rehabilitation with the families, the purpose of which is to avoid the finality of legal proceedings and inevitable breakup of families. Read more…

The Cry of Mute Children: Psychoanalytic Perspective of the Second Generation of the Holocaust

: Kogan, Ilany

Ilany Kogan has written a powerful and astute book on the psychoanalytic treatment of the offspring of Holocaust survivors, drawing on her experience of being an analyst to some of their sons and daughters. Through an in-dept, sensitive presentation of eight analyses conducted with children of survivors, the author shows how the shadow of the Holocaust sets the stage for the intrapsychic drama played out by the second generation during the course of their analytic journey. These patients grapple with the meaning of the Holocaust – conscious and unconscious – in their own lives as well as the lives of their parents … Illany Kogan’s style is unique. She provides a depth and richness of detail in her patients’ fantasy words, as well as her own experience of countertransference. She invites the reader to participate in the vicissitudes of the analytic process, including moments of frustration, analytic impasses and ruptures in the therapeutic alliance. Through her open, unassuming style, her well-organized writing and the judicious use of verbatim material, the author breathes life into these analytic stories … The important insights revealed in this book can inform us not only in the realm of this particular group of patients but all those whose lives are touched by the reality of war, violence and trauma.’ Dr Ann Adelman, Yale University ——- ‘Ilany Kogan’s vivid description of the psychological fate of children of the survivors of Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps alert us to the long-lasting effects of severe trauma and its transmission from one generation to the next. Dehumanisation is a constant feature of human history, and this book reminds us of our need to be vigilant in the defence of civilisation.’ Dr Dinora Pines, London ——— ‘Ilany Kogan has written a book with so many truths in it that it should be required reading for all those colleagues who might be consulted by members of the second generation. Read more…

Black Children in the Public Care System

: Barn, Ravinder

The author, Ravinder Barn, has based her study on empirical data collected from a survey of an inner-city Local Authority Social Services Department. Over 500 case histories have been analysed and evidence gathered from interviews with social workers, parents and children to provide a well-balanced and unique insight into the care careers of black children. The significance of race and racism on the decisions made by social workers is underlined by the revealing statistics which arise from this study. The book highlights the urgent need for an increased awareness of the requirements of black children in care, and provides essential reading for all students and practising social workers. Read more…

The Healing Drama: Psychodrama and Dramatherapy with Abused Children

: Bannister, Anne

This text by Anne Bannister sets out the main theoretical and practical approaches of dramatherapy. Beginning with the notion of play and its importance for children, the author discusses how children use play as a method of investigation and rehearsing for reality. Role play is then illustrated as a means of discovering a child’s intellectual and emotional development. Chapters specifically on abuse and trauma throw light on how children develop particular responses and behaviour patterns as a result of being abused, with “victim” and “controlling” behaviour revealed as the most common. Therapeutic work is covered in detail including practicalities such as the place where therapy is conducted, the equipment used, and the people or person most suitable for working with a particular child or children. There are chapters on working with children of different ages, gender, race and culture, and on the need to work with the families of these children. The books ends with an evaluation of the research done around the world using methods from psychodrama and dramatherapy. Read more…

Social Work with Black Children and Their Families (Child care policy & practice series)

: Ahmed, Shama; Cheetham, Juliet; Small, John

As part of a series on child care policy, this book describes the situation of black families in Britain who face many problems stemming from both racial discrimination and from the aftermath of migration: the latter, while it opened up new opportunities, also imposed strains felt beyond the generation of people who were newcomers to Britain. The welfare services have not always dealt with the problems of poverty, poor housing and unemployment in appropriate ways. Disproportionate numbers of black children are in care, with less chance of reunion with their parents than white children. Care provided by local authorities may also be insensitive to diverse ethnic backgrounds and cultural needs. Only recently have black substitute parents been found for black children. Welfare services for young offenders have also not been operated adequately for black adolescents, so disproportionate numbers are in youth custody establishments. In the early 1980s, social services began to recognize these problems and this book describes developments and explores possible ways of providing services which are appropriate to Britain’s multi-racial population. The contributors seeks to describe practical ways of meeting needs, and their implications for black families and the practitioners and administrators who work with them. Juliet Cheetham is the author of “Social Work and Ethnicity”. Edited by Shama Ahmed, Juliet Cheetham and John Small. Read more…

Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss

: Jewett, Claudia L.

A clear and practical guide for adults facing the responsibility of helping a child through the pain of separation and loss. Based on years of working with hundreds of bereaved children, this study by Claudia Jewett describes the various stages of mourning and the type of behaviour shown by children at each delicate stage of the grieving process. It describes the many simple techniques that any adult can use to help children through their grief and guide them to its timely resolution. The author uses case histories and sample dialogues between helper and child, which help to explain the long-term impact of separation and loss in a wide variety of situations. This book aims to be helpful to any adult, whether parent, social worker, therapist, counsellor, teacher or friend who is faced with the responsibility of helping a grieving child. Read more…

The Provision of Primary Experience: Winnicottian Work with Children and Adolescents

: Menzies Lythe, Isabel Docker-Drysdale, Barbara

At a time of rapid change in the welfare professions these papers make it clear that the experience of intensive psychotherapeutic work in a residential setting is a resource from which much can be learnt about emotional distress and its origins. Foreword by Isobel Menzies Lythe, edited by Barbara Docker-Drysdale. Read more…

Children’s Drawings (Le Dessin Enfantin)

: Luquet, Georges-Henri Costall, Alan

Interest in children’s drawings is contemporary with the birth of modern psychology but as yet there is no psychological theory that successfully accounts for the nature of children’s drawing. The two main theories, visual realism and intellectual realism, fall short. The work of Georges-Henri Luquet is important because it goes beyond both theories. Luquet’s work, though important and of interest to developmental psychologists, remains untranslated to date and so is often inaccurately cited. This translation of Le Dessin Enfantin makes Luquet’s ideas available to a wider readership for the first time. Read more…

Vision and Separation

: Wright, Kenneth

Dr Kenneth Wright presents an original reading of Freud, Winnicott and Bowlby, which takes the gaze between mother and baby as a metaphor for the entire developmental process. He argues further that psychoanalytic theories of development have neglected the importance of the face in early experience. Winner of The Margaret S Mahler 1992 Prize for Literature. Read more…