2nd Edition

The Practice of Psychoanalytic Parent-Infant Psychotherapy Claiming the Baby

    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Practice of Psychoanalytic Parent-Infant Psychotherapy is a comprehensive handbook, addressing the provision of therapeutic help for babies and their parents when their attachment relationship is troubled and a risk is posed to the baby's development. Drawing on clinical and research data from neuroscience, attachment and psychoanalysis, the book presents a clinical treatment approach that is up-to-date, flexible and sophisticated, whilst also being clear and easy to understand.

    The first section: The theory of psychoanalytic parent infant psychotherapy – offers the reader a theoretical framework for understanding the emotional-interactional environment within which infant development takes place. The second section, The therapeutic process, invites the reader into the consulting room to participate in a detailed examination of the relational process in the clinical encounter. The third section, Clinical papers, provides case material to illustrate the unfolding of the therapeutic process.

    This new edition draws on evidence from contemporary research, with new material on:

    • Embodied communication between parent and infant and clinician-patient/s
    • Fathers and fathering
    • Engagement of at-risk populations

    Written by a team of experienced clinicians, writers, teachers and researchers in the field of infant development and psychopathology, The Practice of Psychoanalytic Parent-Infant Psychotherapy will be an essential resource for all professionals working with children and their families, including child psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and clinical and developmental psychologists.

    Raphael-Leff, Foreword. Baradon, Preface. Contributors. Acknowledgements. Section I. The Theory of Psychoanalytic Parent Infant Psychotherapy (PPIP). Joyce, Introduction. Joyce, The Parent-Infant Relationship and Infant Mental Health. Baradon, Joyce, The Theory of Psychoanalytic Parent-Infant Psychotherapy. Baradon, The Clinical Framework and Participants. Baradon, The Therapist and Therapeutic Technique. Section II. The Therapeutic Process. Baradon, Introduction. Biseo, Engaging and Beginning the Work. Broughton, The Middle Phase: Elaboration and Consolidation. Baradon, Fathers in Parent Infant Psychotherapy. Baradon, Broughton, Consideration of Risk in the Parent-Infant Relationship. Baradon, Endings. James, Parent Infant Psychotherapy in Groups. Section III. Clinical Papers. Baradon, Introduction. Joyce, Finding Father Through the Regulating Function of the Parent- Infant Psychotherapist. Biseo, Knowing and Being Known: Parent Infant Psychotherapy in the Face of Severe Maternal Psychopathology.


    Tessa Baradon developed and manages the Parent Infant Project at the Anna Freud Centre. She is Co-Director at the International Training School for Infancy and Early Years, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Witwatersrand, School of Human and Community Development. She is a practicing child psychotherapist and supervisor and writes and lectures on applied psychoanalysis and parent-infant psychotherapy. 

    "This book edited by Tessa Baradon and written by her and four other seasoned parent-infant psychotherapists brings the reader an enlivened and enlivening view of the theory, practice, and applications of contemporary psychoanalytically oriented parent-infant psychotherapy and its growing evidence-base. There is something valuable in it for clinicians of every level of experience from novice to pro. This is a book whose usefulness extends across disciplines and to intervention with children and families beyond the period of infancy. It is rare to see such a clear and well-written psychotherapy text."- Daniel S. Schechter, M.D., Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry and Deputy Chief of Service, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Switzerland; and Research Faculty, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, New York

    "The Practice of Psychoanalytic Parent-Infant Psychotherapy: Claiming the Baby, comes at the perfect time in the development of the field. Indeed, it is well known today that infants perceive and react to their environment and therefore may develop signs of emotional distress that require some kind of therapeutic intervention. We are at the stage now to conceptualize our therapeutic approaches and to teach them. This book integrates core concepts such as embodied communication, interactive inner realities, transition to parenthood and family dynamics, into a model of daily practice, with clear guidelines and clinical illustrations. It is the end-product of a long process of transmission of knowledge, skill and experience, and thus is a precious contribution to clinicians and health workers who encounter the baby and his/her parents in the community." - Miri Keren, M.D., Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Geha Mental Health Center, Tel Aviv university Medical School, President of the World Association of Infant Mental Health