The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Psychoanalytic Approaches

The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Psychoanalytic Approaches

The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Psychoanalytic Approaches

The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Psychoanalytic Approaches


This updated edition of The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapyreflects the many changes in the profession. It includes:

  • additional chapters on neuroscience, work with 'looked after children' and with foster parents, working in schools
  • enlarged chapters on research, attachment theory, work with parents, and developments in child and adolescent psychotherapy around the world
  • chapters on areas of specialist interest including violence, sexual abuse and abusing, trauma, parent-infant psychotherapy, autism, victims of political violence, delinquency and gender dysphoria.

The Handbookremains accessible and jargon-free. It will be a valuable resource for all who work in allied professions where the emotional well-being of children is of concern - health, education, social services - as well as trainee psychotherapists and experienced practitioners.


The second edition of this handbook continues the tradition established in the first of offering an overview and explication of the profession of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. It is not, in any common sense, actually a handbook – there is no intent to train the reader who will not, in turn, emerge as a child psychotherapist from the reading. Rather, we would hope to broaden knowledge about the profession and the range of work with children and young people that this adaptation of psychoanalysis encourages; we would wish in addition to explore what a psychoanalytic understanding – in terms of theory, research and the implications for practice – offers in work with distressed and ‘stuck’ children and young people today.

It is thus designed for several types of reader. For those who are already training or working as child psychotherapists the value may well lie mainly in the chapters on work of specialist interest, although many of the other contributions will offer creative ideas and sparks to further thinking. For those contemplating a career in child psychotherapy – perhaps undertaking pre-clinical Masters courses – this is the volume that hopefully helps your friends and family understand what you want to be about. For the reader in allied professions, we offer an overview of the profession, its context and settings, and hope to clarify some of the assumptions about and insights of the psychoanalytic approach. Most chapters are therefore deliberately written to be accessible to a general audience and the authors have responded to that brief. Those seeking greater depth may find the suggestions for further reading helpful.

Our hope would be that the more generalised introduction will make accessible some of the excitement and potential in recent thinking about practice and research, and that the general reader will also find much in the more specialised chapters to enhance practice in other professions as well as to facilitate understanding of why and how the child psychotherapist is working in a specific field.

We have also included writers from a variety of theoretical backgrounds: Contemporary Freudian, Independent, Jungian and Kleinian. In general, these are experienced writers with proven interest and expertise in specific . . .

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