Mother-Child and Father-Child Psychotherapy : A Manual for the Treatment of Relational Disturbances in Childhood

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-10-19
  • Publisher: Wiley
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Mother-child and father-child psychology is a psychodynamic - developmental approach to relatively short-term treatment of relational disturbances in young children. The mother-child, father-child and mother-father dyads meet in weekly meetings with the same therapist in the same physical set up.The therapist as a participant observer in recurrent patterns of interactions and relations within the dyads, explicitly conveys to each parent that his/her unique role to their child is to be respected and validated. The approach is practised as a diagnostic assessment tool to help in the placing of pathology, as a preparation, in some cases, for individual therapy for the child or simultaneous treatment for child and parent, and as a treatment of choice for the relational disturbances between parents and their developmentally prelatency children. This book provides an overview of theoretical similarities and differences in basic aspects of the parent-child therapies, and offers a detailed description of the main features of a new model that enhances the parents' and the child's experiential learning.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The historial  background of psychoanlytic psychothrapy for children
An introduction to the approach
The theoretical framework of the therapeutic model and an outline of links to other approaches
An overview of our treatment approach: The assessment phase
Establishing the frame of treatment and the formation of therapeutic alliance
The therapeutic process: The functions of the therapist
The parent-child dyads
The work with parents outside the sessions with the child
In Summary
Case studies
A five-year old boy in need of parental help
A short dyadic treatment
A girl suffering from chronic constipation
'A name is given'
'The missing piece'
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