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Mother–Child and Father–Child Psychotherapy. A Manual for the Treatment of Relational Disturbances in Childhood

  • ID: 2246837
  • Book
  • October 2000
  • 220 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Mother–child and father–child psychology is a psychodynamic – developmental approach to relatively short–term treatment of relational disturbances in young children. The mother–child, father–child and mother–father dyads meet in weekly meetings with the same therapist in the same physical set up.The therapist as a participant observer in recurrent patterns of interactions and relations within the dyads, explicitly conveys to each parent that his/her unique role to their child is to be respected and validated. The approach is practised as a diagnostic assessment tool to help in the placing of pathology, as a preparation, in some cases, for individual therapy for the child or simultaneous treatment for child and parent, and as a treatment of choice for the relational disturbances between parents and their developmentally prelatency children.  This book provides an overview of theoretical similarities and differences in basic aspects of the parent–child therapies, and offers a detailed description of the main features of a new model that enhances the parents and the child s experiential learning.
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Introduction: The historial  background of psychoanlytic psychothrapy for children.

Chapter 1 An introduction to the approach.

Chapter 2 The theoretical framework of the therapeutic model and an outline of links to other approaches.

Chapter 3 An overview of our treatment approach: The assessment phase.

Chapter 4 Establishing the frame of treatment and the formation of therapeutic alliance.

Chapter 5 The therapeutic process: The functions of the therapist.

Chapter 6 The parent–child dyads.

Chapter 7 The work with parents outside the sessions with the child.

Chapter 8 In Summary

Case studies.

Chapter 9 A five–year old boy in need of parental help.

Chapter 10 A short dyadic treatment.

Chapter 11 A girl suffering from chronic constipation.

Chapter 12 ′A name is given′.

Chapter 13 ′The missing piece′.



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Miriam Ben–Aaron
J. Harel
H. Kaplan
R. Patt
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