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.

Parental Oversight of Therapy: The Therapist as Mediator

Parental oversight of therapy: The therapist as mediator

Case Study: Ellen

Ellen, a lively 12-year-old, white, English girl, who was presenting increasingly disruptive behaviour throughout the school, referred herself for counselling. Ellen lived with her father and stepmother. From the initial session, Ellen insisted that her stepmother should not be informed about the counselling sessions. Ellen's reason for this was that she was afraid that her stepmother would prevent her from attending future sessions. This view was upheld and Ellen soon became positively engaged in the treatment process. Slowly her disruptive outbursts became less frequent. In spite of the positive results that were being achieved through the sessions, Ellen's disclosures were cause for considerable concern, as she outlined the ...

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