NEW TO THIS EDITION: Revised and expanded chapters throughout incorporate significant changes in the field of dynamic child treatment over the last 15 years. New clinical illustrations represent a wide range of presenting problems from venues such as family service, community mental health, and outpatient child psychiatry, and illustrate aspects of therapeutic communication with children through metaphors. KEY FEATURES: Transcriptions of the actual stories told by children and reconstructions of specific therapeutic responses demonstrate how such techniques are actually used, lending additional clarity to clinical material. Specific information on how to use children’s projective stories in dynamic clinical assessment helps readers prepare to use strategies in their own clinical practice. Practical guidelines for identifying clients who are good candidates for storytelling include taking into account such factors as the child’s diagnosis, age, maturity, verbal ability, and resistance to engagement. Variations on the basic storytelling process range from non-reciprocal diagnostic techniques to stories used in conjunction with therapeutic games or other play techniques. Examples from the author’s case files illustrate storytelling with children suffering from attachment disorders, borderline disturbances, self-object disorders, and complex posttraumatic conditions. Chapter-ending discussion questions assist readers in discerning the most essential ideas and concepts.
Transference Dimensions of the Storytelling Process
Beginning in the early 1980s, with the contributions of writers such as Ogden (1982), Mitchell (1988), Gill and Hoffman (1982), Benjamin (1988), and Altman (1992), contemporary psychoanalysis entered a state of sustained excitement and controversy. A series of significant developments in both psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy has, cumulatively, led to conceptualizations of practice that sometimes appear to be at striking variance with more traditional distillations of theory. As it happens, much of this ferment seems related to transformative shifts in our understanding of elemental aspects of the relationship in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Our views of the clinical process, particularly as it is shaped by our understanding and clinical management of ...