Doing Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Adapting Psychodynamic Treatment to Contemporary Practice

A practical and comprehensive guide that covers the therapy process from the referral call to the final goodbye, this h ands-on guide thoroughly portrays the challenge, intricacies,s and subtleties of the client-therapist relationship. Part I, The Essentials , addresses how to begin treatment, the mechanics of therapeutic powers, the need for limits, and the techniques of therapeutic talk and query, Part II, Techniques and Tools , offers pragmatic and lively discussion on the use of puppet play, games, toys, and art in child therapy, paying special attention to the ways play and talk are balanced. Finally, Part III, The Rest , ambitiously tackles parental guidance, family work, reluctant patients, crisis, medication, diversity and cultural dynamics, managed care and evidence-based treatment, and closing out a relationship. In addition to vivid and detailed spotlights on the one-on-one talk and play of child therapy, this new edition includes chapters on evidence-based treatment, school consultation, and the influence of race, religion, and culture. Clinicians of all disciplines orientations will find this thorough guide to be revealing, confirming, provocative, and instructive as they conduct their important work with children, adolescents, and families. Praise For the First Edition. "Impressive...easy to read, hard to resist, and full of practical fundamental knowledge...Overall, this book is a gem." Harinder S. Ghuman, MD, Community Mental Health Journal "Highly pragmatic and thoughtful...The teachers in this text are the patients...The writing is deceptively simple, but the material bespeaks a great depth of experience, as well as a true love for patients and for the profoundly complex and difficult work involved in healing...Plain and simple, it is a wonderful, refreshing text." Eugene Beresin, MD, Journal of the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry "Jargon-free, this book lucidly describes how psychotherapy with children and adolescents is used by an expert." Albert Solnit, MD, Yale Child Study Center "Deceptively easy to read, yet full of clinical wisdom. Both students and experienced therapists will be well served by the clear explanations of why we do what we do." Paul M. Brinich, PhD, University of North Carolina "With great attention to detail, Richard Bromfield Guides us through the nuts and bolts of child and adolescent psychotherapy. The author's belief in the therapist-child relationship and play therapy techniques comes through loud and clear. highly recommended!" Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, Fairleigh Dickinson University

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By Gurjinder (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · November 29, 2014
This is a great resource in understanding what a therapy session with a child is like and I love that it goes into different types of therapy and defines them through experience. Each chapter has a focus and perspective from therapist, since this is my field of study I found this book insightful... ...more