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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…

Too Long a Child: The Mother-daughter Dyad

: Herman, Nini

From Persephone to Sylvia Plath the mother–daughter relationship has been central to every woman′s life. Using her wide experience as a psychotherapist, Nini Herman traces the struggle of mothers and daughters to free themselves from each other – to recognise each other as separate. Where they succeed, their relationship can be a source of enduring strength; when they fail, it can lead to frustration, madness and even suicide. 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…

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…

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 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…

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…