Techniques of Child Therapy: Psychodynamic Strategies

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In reading this book one enters the emotional life of the child. Acting on his belief that the best way to learn therapeutic techniques is to experience the actual process of therapy, Morton Chethik makes the child patient come alive by using extensive vignettes or full case descriptions. The reader thus experiences the case as treatment unfolds with all of its attendant problems, difficulties, and strategies. Chethik then extracts and discusses basic concepts embedded in the clinical material.

Effectively integrating the theoretical with the practical, TECHNIQUES OF CHILD THERAPY both addresses major issues in contemporary child psychotherapy and highlights the struggles practitioners frequently experience during the course of long-term treatment. On the theoretical level, it redefines and adapts basic concepts of adult dynamic psychotherapy--such as therapeutic alliance, resistance, transference, insight, countertransference, interventionto the unique requirements of therapy with children.

The work also demonstrates that an essential modification in work with children is the use of play as a the basic form of communication between patient and therapist. Because a primary purpose of all psychotherapy is to work with the patient's affective life, play is a central medium since it is commonly children's major mode of expressing their emotional lives. The book focuses on how to facilitate play in treatment as well as how to use and understand therapeutic play as it occurs in the course of treatment.

Also highlighted are the differential techniques necessary for dealing with the distinct--and distinctive--manifestations of major psychopathologies in children. This core section of the book describes in detail the treatment of several neurotic children through intensive uncovering' psychotherapy. It then contrasts this approach with other forms of treatment specifically geared to borderline, narcissistic and character-disordered children.

Finally, since no treatment of the child can be effective without working with the parents, TECHNIQUES OF CHILD THERAPY also discusses and illustrates established parent-intervention strategies. These interventions range from supportive parent guidance to in-depth treatment of the parent-child relationship.

TECHNIQUES IN CHILD THERAPY reflects the typical issues and problems with which all practitioners and trainees in child psychotherapy must grapple. Its extensive clinical material yields unique insights into the emotional and cognitive world of the child as well as effective treatment strategies that will be invaluable to psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers who work with children.

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"Chethik has done it again! His new second edition is a fitting extension of the first. This gifted child therapist presents the basic concepts of child therapy and elaborates a detailed account of the clinical process with children and parents. Lengthy and rich case presentations include the therapist's reflections, informing the reader about the clinician's feelings, hunches, and countertransference responses. This rare account of the essence of therapy makes this text a 'must' for all practitioners dealing with children, be they student social workers, child fellows, psychology interns, or more advanced practitioners." Judith Mishne, DSW, Ehrenkranz School of Social Work, New York University

"In an age when child treatment often consists of an expedient pharmacological 'cure,' Morton Chethik's newly revised Techniques of Child Therapy is a breath of fresh air. The merits of Chethik's dynamic approach are many, including the significance he imputes to thorough diagnostic evaluation and his emphasis on the importance of the parental alliance. Also noteworthy are the book's detailed presentations of treatment process and its discussion of more challenging cases involving severe character pathology. Wise and compassionate, this book serves as a model for the practice of dynamic child psychotherapy." Jerrold R. Brandell, PhD, BCD, author of Of Mice and Metaphors; Founding Editor, Psychoanalytic Social Work TOC: Contents I. Introduction to Child Therapy Introduction 1. General Characteristics of the Child Patient 2. The Process of Assessment and Its Role in the Treatment Process 3. The Central Role of Play II. Work with Parents Introduction 4. Parent Guidance and Transference Parenting 5. Treatment of the Parent-Child Relationship III. The Process of Treatment: The Fundamentals 6. Treatment of the Neurotic Child 7. Treatment of Character Pathology 8. Treatment of the Borderline Child 9. Treatment of the Narcissistically Disturbed Child 10. Focal Psychotherapy IV. The Process of Treatment: An Elaboration 11. The Case of Andy 12. The Case of Margaret END

About the Author:

Morton Chethik, MSW, is an emeritus professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. He is Director of the Child Psychotherapy Program at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society and continues his private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A current area of his writing focuses on the special perspective that child therapy provides for understanding work with adult patients.

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