At a time when there is increasing concern about the escalation of child and adolescent mental health problems, Time-limited Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents provides an innovative contextual model that engages the child or young person and their parents. The core of the model is the recognition of the dynamic capacity for growth in the child and how this, in itself, creates opportunities for effective treatment over a relatively short period of time.
Based on evidence that the most enduring therapeutic outcomes involve a shift in the parents’ relational understanding of themselves, as well as a change in the child, the book uses case examples to show how this model can be applied in everyday therapeutic practice.
Time-limited Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents is aimed at practitioners in the field of child, adolescent, parent and family psychotherapy. It will interest psychologists, child psychotherapists, doctors, psychiatrists, social workers and mental health workers.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Introduction and overview 1. Current concerns about child and adolescent mental health – Challenging articles of faith 2. A short history of time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy with adults 3. A critical assessment of research and outcome studies of time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy with children and young Part 2 4. Reconfiguring a psychodynamic approach for current times – Refreshing and redefining the psychodynamic enterprise 5. The clinical method in time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy with children, young people and parents 6. The clinical technique in time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy with children, young people and parents 7. Placing the child and young person in the therapeutic frame 8. Clinical challenges - The potential of the time-limited model 9. Empowering parents in times of change 10. The clinical outcome- Implications for training and research 11. Shifting the paradigm towards positive mental health for children, parents and young people Bibliography Index
Ruth Schmidt Neven, PhD is a child psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, educator and researcher. She trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London and over four decades has brought a pioneering approach to clinical work with children and young people, emphasising the essential nature of the meaning of behaviour.
"A pioneering approach to clinical work with children and young people, emphasising the essential nature of the meaning of behaviour. The book only has 129 pages, but is packed with good research and a clear presentation of this approach from the author... I recommend this book to our membership and I will encourage my staff and colleagues to read it." - Rachel Eastop, MBACP, BACP Children & Young People
"From the first paragraph, I was excited. By the second page, I was cheering. As I read further, no matter how my expectations soared, the author repeatedly exceeded them... I found this book a very rewarding read. Recurrent themes consistently reappeared but not in a repetitive manner, rather expanding and stretching the concepts and thu eliciting deeper meaning." - Glen Barnes, Australian Association of Family Therapy