Nominated for a 2018 Gradiva Award for Best Book by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, Using Projective Methods with Children is an enhanced synthesis of Steve Tuber’s previously published research on the study of projective methods to assess the representations of self and others, as well as the actual interpersonal experiences children internalize in the form of these representations. Integrating conceptual and empirical work, with an emphasis on the Rorschach Inkblot Method (RIM), the book offers unique, evidence-based information on the importance of assessing particular aspects of a child’s inner self. The studies cover a broad range of topics such as dreams, anxiety disorders, political oppression, homelessness, and multiculturalism, and each is supplemented with an analytical introduction. A section that discusses future areas of research is also included.
"Using Projective Methods with Children shows Dr. Tuber to be the rare researcher who brings a sophisticated clinician’s mind to generate and answer meaningful, complex questions. He is also the rare clinician who is capable of implementing innovative, rigorous empirical methodology. This compendium of Dr. Tuber’s research with children will be inspiring to and a model for mental health scholars, practitioners, and students who value the preservation and growth of depth-oriented assessment and formulation in the current era of evidence-based practice."
Anthony Bram, PhD, ABAP, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, author, Psychological Testing that Matters: Creating a Road Map for Effective Treatment
"It is not an exaggeration to say that Steve Tuber is a genius with projective methods. His teaching of graduate students in the doctoral program at City College is legendary, and making his insights and wisdom available to a wider audience is a great service to our profession. This book is an indispensable asset to anyone interested in utilizing projective methods with children."
Paul L. Wachtel, PhD, distinguished professor of psychology, City College of New York
"This groundbreaking work describes research Tuber and colleagues published during the past thirty years that offers readers the opportunity to travel on several pathways, each providing valuable experiences. These include tasks to assess a child’s inner self as well as how these tasks were used with various populations, with children managing stressful environments, and with therapy cases. Although this book speaks to child therapists, it has much to offer adult therapists, graduate school educators, and doctoral students."
Sebastiano Santostefano PhD, ABPP, psychologist in private practice, former director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, McLean Hospital, associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, author of Guided Enactments in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A New Look at Therapy with Adults and Children
Acknowledgments Introduction About This Book Section One: The Conceptual Links Between an Object Relational Approach to Normal and Pathological Development and Projective Methods 1. A Conceptual Framework for Projective Assessment: The Domains of Negative and Positive Object Relations Section Two: The Projective Tasks Used in This Book 2. Measures Employed to Assess Object Representations: The MOA Scale 3. Using the MOA Scale With a Non-Clinical Population 4. Using the MOA Scale With a Slightly Older Population 5. The Object Representation Scale for Dreams (Krohn) 6. The Animal Preference Test Section Three: Assessing the Object Relations of Varying Child Populations 7. The Object Relations of Children With ADHD 8. Assessing Narcissistic Pathology in Children Using the RIM 9. Assessing the Object Relational World of Preschoolers With Imaginary Companions 10. Assessing the Object Relations of Boys With Separation Anxiety Disorder Section Four: Assessing Object Relations With Child Populations Under Extreme Duress 11. Using the MOA Scale With a Child Inpatient Population 12. Rorschach Assessments of Homeless Children 13. Another Study of Homeless Children 14. Rorschach Assessments of Children About to Undergo Surgery 15. Children’s MOA Responses Under Extreme Political Oppression Section Five: Using Projective Methods in N of 1 Case Studies 16: Using the Children’s Apperception Task as an Idiographic Indicator of Treatment Themes Over Time 17: Using the Rorschach as a Predictor of Change 18: Two Case Studies of Children With ADHD 19: Briefer Vignettes Linking MOA Scale Scores to Child Treatment Section Six: More Recent Research, Including Future Possibilities 20. Ongoing Research Linking the Rorschach Task With Clinical Work With Children References Index