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.

Working with Risk: The Therapist as Enabler

Working with risk: The therapist as enabler

Case Study: Harry

Harry, a highly intelligent, white English boy, aged 12, was referred for therapy by his year tutor, for what was simply described as ‘odd behaviour’ [sic]. It soon became apparent that Harry's symptoms were consistent with those of borderline psychosis, as classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, DSM-IV, under the subsection ‘Personality disorder’. Having worked with many children in school settings over a number of years, this was the first time the therapist had encountered a child with possible borderline psychosis; as a result, supervision was sought with a highly experienced child psychotherapist who worked for the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). It was the supervisor's ...

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