Since Freud’s publication of 'Little Hans', advances in psychoanalytic technique and theory have transformed our clinical work with children. Individuals including Anna Freud, Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott have influenced psychoanalytic play therapy and broadened the scope of practice with them. Contemporary psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic social work clinicians often find themselves responding to misapprehensions and distortions about psychoanalytic theory and treatment created or promoted in popular culture. Furthermore, clinical practices are subject to the disruptive influence of managed mental health care and, with the ascendancy of biological psychiatry, an increasing reliance on psychoactive drugs in the treatment of children, often in the absence of sound research support.
In this book, expert international contributors explore developmental, theoretical and clinical themes in work with children. Focusing on diverse populations and varied treatment settings, they present compelling clinical cases and research that, collectively, demonstrate the efficacy and relevance of psychoanalytic ideas in the context of play therapy.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Psychoanalytic Social Work.
1. Introduction Karen E. Baker and Jerrold R. Brandell 2. In and Out of the Displacement: The Roles of Interpretation and Play in Work with Children Denia G. Barrett 3. "My Brakes Are Broken": Case Presentation of a Latency-Age Boy Struggling with Affect Regulation Karen E. Baker 4. For As Long As It Takes: Relationship-Based Play Therapy for Children in Foster Care June Madsen Clausen, Saralyn C. Ruff, Wendy Von Wiederhold and Toni V. Heineman 5. The Permanency Plan Game Show: An Intersubjective Case Study of a Foster Care Child and Her Caregivers Sarah Miller Shea 6. Expanding the Playroom: School-Based Treatment for Maltreated Children Faye Mishna, Janet Morrison, Sean Basarke and Charlene Cook 7. Preparing the Child Facing Surgery: The Use of Play Therapy Eftychia Athanassiadou, George Giannakopoulos, Gerasimos Kolaitis, John Tsiantis and Stelios Christogiorgos 8. The Role of Play in the Psychotherapy of a Child Suffering from Cancer Simonetta M. G. Adamo and Raffaella De Falco 9. Attachment Theory: History, Research, and Practice Victoria A. Fitton