Frances Tustin describes the life and clarifies the work of an outstanding clinician whose understanding of autistic and psychotic children has brilliantly illuminated the relationship between autism and psychosis for others in the field. Sheila Spensley defines Tustin's position in traditional and contemporary psychoanalytic theory and explains how it is related to work in infant psychiatry and developmental psychology. She makes Tustin's original concepts accessible to the non-specialist reader and shows how relevant they are to work in other areas such as learning disability and work with adult patients.
`A challenging, thoughtful and thought-provoking study not only of Tustin's life and work, but also of the expanding field of analytic inquiry devoted to the understanding of most primitive and disturbed states of mind.' - British Journal of Psychotherapy
`… not only an accurate account of the development of Tustin's clinical practice and theory, but a further elucidation of it an its place in psychoanalytic thinking. … this book will be part of the ongoing evaluation and devleopment of Tustin's ideas, and is a fitting tribute to her pioneering work.' - Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Acknowledgements Introduction 1.Growing up in the Bosom of the Church 2.Professional Development 3.The Discovery of Autism and the Search to Understand It 4.Unnatural Children 5.Encapsulation and Entanglement 6.Mental Cataclysm and Black Holes 7.The Frontiers of Consciousness 8.Of Objects: Concrete, Sensory and Transitional 9.Peter 10. Mental Handicap and Mental Illness 11. Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Learning Impairment 12. The Restoration of God Glossary Chronology Bibliography
This series of introductory, critical texts looks at the work and thought of key contributors to the development of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Each book includes examples of how the theories examined affect clinical practice, biographical material and a complete bibliography of the contributor's work.
The field of psychodynamic psychotherapy is today more fertile but also more diverse than ever before. Competing schools have been set up, rival theories and clinical ideas circulate. These different and sometimes competing strains are held together by a canon of fundamental concepts, guiding assumptions and principles of practice.
This canon has a history, and the way we now understand and use the ideas that frame our thinking and practice is palpably marked by how they came down to us, by the temperament and experiences of their authors, the particular puzzles they wanted to solve and the contexts in which they worked. These are the makers of modern psychotherapy. Yet despite their influence, the work and life some of these eminent figures is not well known. Others are more familiar, but their particular contribution is open to reassessment.
In studying these figures and their work, this series will articulate those ideas and ways of thinking that practitioners and thinkers within the psychodynamic tradition continue to find persuasive.