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Psychotherapies With Children and Adolescents

Adapting the Psychodynamic Process

Edited by John D. O'Brien, M.D., Daniel J. Pilowsky, M.D., M.P.H., and Owen Lewis, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-406-0
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This volume demonstrates how psychoanalytic techniques can be modified to meet the therapeutic needs of children and adolescents in specific clinical situations. Extensively illustrated with case histories, each chapter deals with specific interventions designed to fit particular circumstances facing today's children and adolescents.


  • The Psychotherapeutic Process With Children

    . Children with separation anxiety disorder. Self-destructive preschool children. Timid and withdrawn children. Paternal absence: psychotherapeutic considerations in boys. Aggressive children. Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and their parents. School-age psychotic children and their parents. The Psychotherapeutic Process With Adolescents. Adolescents with borderline personality disorder: an interpersonal-systemic view. Bulimia in the older adolescent: an analytic perspective to a behavioral problem. The anorexic adolescent. Depressed adolescents. Older adolescents with academic achievement problems. The Psychotherapeutic Process With Both Children and Adolescents in Special Circumstances. Psychotherapy with children of divorce. Children of affluent parents. The Psychotherapeutic Process in Special Circumstances. Short-term psychotherapy with children in foster care. Group psychotherapy with children in psychiatric hospitals.

This is a thought-provoking volume describing the complex realities of today's clinical practice with children and adolescents. . . . the volume adds to our knowledge of the complexities of clinical practice in a changing social context. It also affirms the importance of attending to the dynamics to the inner world within a therapeutic relationship—a message that continuously deserves emphasis.—Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal

Chapters present rich clinical material that elegantly highlights the problems and solutions in treatment. Across all chapters, two essential adaptations in technique are repeatedly stressed: the need to be active in individual treatment and the need to include families in treatment.—Hospital and Community Psychiatry

Psychotherapies With Children and Adolescents: Adapting the Psychodynamic Process is a timely, well-conceived book that will serve as a much-needed supplement to existing textbooks on child development, psychopathology, and assessment. . . . Undoubtedly, this book will find its way into the libraries of child psychiatric and psychological training programs as well as the private practitioner as an important adjunct to his own therapeutic endeavors with children and adolescents.—Clarice J. Kestenbaum, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University

This book illustrates how psychodynamic understanding generates a highly effective, better informed, and timely intervention through integration of therapeutic modalities.—Psychiatric Times

Bridging the theories and applications of the human psychologies to child and adolescent psychotherapy while maintaining a psychodynamic focus is a large assignment. The attempt to do so in a small and readable volume was both heroic and sufficiently successful to justify recommendation of the book.—Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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