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Reflective Interpersonal Therapy for Children and Parents. That Child! A New Way of Helping Parents and Children with Extreme Conduct Disorder

  • ID: 2215136
  • Book
  • April 2008
  • 318 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Disruptive and aggressive behaviour in children causes significant distress both to the children themselves and to other people, yet standard interventions have often proven unhelpful. The trouble is that the behaviour is so disruptive that it demands our attention, and consequently the distress often goes unrecognised. With research now increasingly showing that most disruptive and aggressive children have multiple individual vulnerabilities, it is time to move beyond a â??one–size fits allâ?? approach to treatment. Each child is different and â?? with the right approach â?? each one can be helped.

This book introduces Reflective Interpersonal Therapy for Children and Parents (RICAP), a clinical intervention pioneered by the author which offers a new approach to tackling conduct disorder in young children. RICAPâ??s central aim is to promote children′s and parents′ understanding of their own and each otherâ??s thoughts and feelings in interpersonal interactions. Taking a practitioner–oriented perspective, Hermione Roff covers the theories underpinning RICAP, its evidence base and how to use it in clinical practice. The results is an essential resource for clinical child psychologists, family therapists, child psychiatrists and educational psychologists.


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About the author.

List of illustrations.


An old Jewish tale.

Mind that child!

Chapter 1: RICAP: A description of the intervention

Chapter 2: RICAP and aggression: Sometimes it helps to be bad.

Chapter 3: RICAP and reflection: Are these children mindless?

Chapter 4: RICAP and attachment: fighting to feel safe.

Chapter 5: RICAP and avoidance: A useful defence or a habitual ploy?

Chapter 6: RICAP and emotions: Why does everything have to be reduced to anger?

Chapter 7: RICAP and memory: What I remember tells me who I am.

Chapter 8: RICAP and problem–solving: Do solutions matter?

Chapter 9: RICAP and metaphor: The use and usefulness of metaphor.

Chapter 10: Marc: A case study.




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Hermione Roff
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