Doing Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Adapting Psychodynamic Treatment to Contemporary Practice

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This readable guide for therapists and therapists-in-training lays out the theoretical essence and practical essentials of doing child and adolescent psychotherapy from the referral call to the last goodbye.

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A practical and comprehensive guide that covers the therapy processfrom the referral call to the final goodbye, this h ands-on guidethoroughly portrays the challenge, intricacies,s and subtleties ofthe client-therapist relationship.

Part I, The Essentials, addresses how to begin treatment,the mechanics of therapeutic powers, the need for limits, and thetechniques of therapeutic talk and query, Part II, Techniquesand Tools, offers pragmatic and lively discussion on the use ofpuppet play, games, toys, and art in child therapy, paying specialattention to the ways play and talk are balanced. Finally, PartIII, The Rest, ambitiously tackles parental guidance, familywork, reluctant patients, crisis, medication, diversity andcultural dynamics, managed care and evidence-based treatment, andclosing out a relationship.

In addition to vivid and detailed spotlights on the one-on-onetalk and play of child therapy, this new edition includes chapterson evidence-based treatment, school consultation, and the influenceof race, religion, and culture. Clinicians of all disciplinesorientations will find this thorough guide to be revealing,confirming, provocative, and instructive as they conduct theirimportant work with children, adolescents, and families.

Praise For the First Edition.

"Impressive...easy to read, hard to resist, and full ofpractical fundamental knowledge...Overall, this book is agem."
—Harinder S. Ghuman, MD, Community Mental HealthJournal 

"Highly pragmatic and thoughtful...The teachers in this text arethe patients...The writing is deceptively simple, but the materialbespeaks a great depth of experience, as well as a true love forpatients and for the profoundly complex and difficult work involvedin healing...Plain and simple, it is a wonderful, refreshingtext."
—Eugene Beresin, MD, Journal of the American Academy ofChild Adolescent Psychiatry 

"Jargon-free, this book lucidly describes how psychotherapy withchildren and adolescents is used by an expert."
—Albert Solnit, MD, Yale Child Study Center 

"Deceptively easy to read, yet full of clinical wisdom. Bothstudents and experienced therapists will be well served by theclear explanations of why we do what we do."
—Paul M. Brinich, PhD, University of North Carolina 

"With great attention to detail, Richard Bromfield Guides usthrough the nuts and bolts of child and adolescent psychotherapy.The author's belief in the therapist-child relationship and playtherapy techniques comes through loud and clear. highlyrecommended!"
—Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, Fairleigh Dickinson University

About the Author:

Richard Bromfield is a faculty member of Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He has written extensively about children, psychotherapy, and family life, and maintains a private practice with children and adult clients.

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