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 and the Rights of the Child

Therapy and the rights of the child

This chapter addresses the arguments for considering the child as the primary client in therapeutic work.

Therapists working with children tend to operate from one of four alternative approaches. The first of these advocates the inclusion of parents as active participants in any therapeutic process that the child embarks upon. In the second approach, the practitioner may agree to work with the child as client on an individual basis, but will seek parental permission and may report back to parents. This may take the form either of a general progress report, or through more detailed discussion of the session's actual content. Thirdly, the practitioner initially offers a service based on qualified confidentiality, but ...

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