Therapy with Children is a vital resource for any practitioner navigating the legal minefield of working with children and young people. Prioritizing the needs of the child as the client, the authors explore the legal and professional dimensions of working therapeutically with children. This long-awaited Second Edition responds to significant shifts in policy and the revised text additionally addresses:- the importance of confidentiality in establishing a working alliance and maintaining a secure environment for therapy with children- the conflicting pressures faced by therapists concerning issues of parental involvement and children at risk- changes in light of the Children Act 2004, Mental Health Act 2007, and the Axon case- changes in the organization of child protection - increased provision of therapeutic services for children, particularly in school settings, and the growing numbers of counselors working with children - the relevance of psychoanalysis in development of child-focused therapy, as well as reference to other therapeutic approaches to child therapy- the urgent case for developing 'confidential spaces' within therapeutic services for children and young people.

Empowering Children: The Case for Therapy as a ‘Confidential Space’

Empowering children: The case for therapy as a ‘confidential space’

The previous chapters have attempted to explore professional dilemmas within therapy, and relate them directly to the law and to concepts of best practice. The theme of this book has been to endorse the child's rights as client in therapy, and to promote the rights of the child under the law to confidentiality within the therapeutic relationship. Both aspects interact and fuse together, within the overall process of empowering children within therapy. The concept of empowerment within therapy has been heavily influenced by feminism, but extends to embrace a wide range of groups disadvantaged by society.

In many ways it can be seen that children lack power, ...

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