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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.

Therapy with Children: The Psychoanalytic Tradition
Therapy with children: The psychoanalytic tradition

Anne Alvarez, a leading child psychoanalyst, states that ‘few people now doubt that experiences in childhood and infancy are of fundamental importance in understanding a person's current life and play some part in shaping how he will meet his future’ (2002: 1). This view is now so much taken for granted in Western societies, by both lay people and professionals, that it is hard to grasp that before the turn of the century this was a relatively unknown and unexplored concept. Attitudes toward child-rearing practice had improved, if slowly, at least in terms of the child's physical environment. Yet there had been no fundamental understanding that children also have emotional needs; there was no ...

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