Psychodynamic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Theories and Methods

Paper: 978 1 78220 522 7 / $48.95
Published: December 2017  

Publisher: Karnac Books
320 pp., 6" x 9"
This book is both a textbook and book of reference for all child and adolescent psychotherapists. It addresses both novices, who need to learn the theories and methods of the work, and also experienced psychotherapists, who want to expand their knowledge, at the same time getting a readily-accessible update and revival of the many ways in which psychodynamic child and adolescent psychotherapy enters into contemporary practice. The book offers a clear, methodologically precise and updated introduction to the theories, methods and practice of the field.

The authors demonstrate through practical examples what psychodynamic child and adolescent psychotherapy is, and how a psychotherapy can be planned and carried out, expounding the necessary preconditions, settings and methods. A personal understanding of the complexity of the therapeutic relationship is presented together with an elucidation of drawings and symbolic play, parallel work with parents, and the special conditions for work with adolescents. A special section deals with the meaning of time, beginnings, endings, and breaks in psychotherapy, followed by a part about the methodological adaptations necessary for psychotherapy with children and adolescents suffering from maltreatment and complex trauma. The book ends with a description of the present state of research in the field.

Table of Contents:
About the Authors
Foreword by Margaret Rustin

Part I: Foundations of Psychodynamic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
1) Psychodynamic theories of development and psychopathology
2) What is psychodynamic child and adolescent psychotherapy?
3) Referral and assessment
Part II: Therapeutic Settings and the Therapeutic Relationship
4) Therapeutic settings in child and adolescent psychotherapy
5) The therapeutic relationship
6) Understanding drawings and symbolic play
7) Work with parents
8) Psychotherapy with adolescents

Part III: The Experience of Time in The Perspective of Object Relationships
9) Beginnings and endings of child and adolescent psychotherapy
10 Breaks: a window to fundamental relationship themes

Part IV: Psychotherapy with Children who Have Suffered Maltreatment and Complex Trauma
11) Psychotherapy in the aftermath of early neglect and abuse
12) Psychotherapy with children who have suffered complex trauma

Part V: Research in Psychodynamic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
13) The present state of research in psychodynamic child and adolescent psychotherapy