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.

Provisional Confidentiality in Practice: The Therapist as Protector

Provisional confidentiality in practice: The therapist as protector

Case Study: Maria

Maria was a timid, but extremely articulate, 12-year-old Greek Cypriot girl, who presented a complex chain of events throughout the two years that she was in treatment. After a number of sessions, Maria disclosed that her brother-in-law had been touching her in a sexual manner since the age of 11. As this situation was still continuing, the therapist made the decision to involve outside agencies in order to prevent further abuse. The client was most reluctant to consent to this proposal, as she felt that she was somehow to blame, and would be blamed by her family for the abuse. Nevertheless, she conceded.

Maria's prediction that she would be ...

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