Psychotherapy with Young People in Care: Lost and Found by Margaret Hunter

Child Psychology

By Margaret Hunter

Psychotherapy with kids in Care is a realistic consultant to operating with teenagers from a psychoanalytic healing viewpoint. The ebook tackles concerns so much suitable to all these operating with young children and youth, together with: where of psychotherapy in residential/foster care; moral issues; confidentialtiy; sexual abuse; specific difficulties confronted by way of youngsters, adhd, trauma, PTSD.

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The point of the story in this context, however, is that it was important to let Liam’s accumulated anger and aggression be expressed harmlessly in his therapy. Neither the nursery nor his mother really needed to know about this. Liam could move away from this re-enactment of early battles with his mother and develop a better relationship with her. Meanwhile his anger and despair had a place where it could be expressed, understood and contained. Therapy as catharsis is not what one aims for. It is safer to continue therapy until what has been projected out has been soothed, understood and taken back in.

Of course, there are few certainties in life and such disruption could occur without contributory negligence from anyone. But I have since taken care to talk openly to the child about the limits of my commitment and the child’s situation. I have also emphasised to the social-work team the nature of the slow, intense, reliable, consistent framework of psychotherapy and the danger of adding to the losses and abrupt discontinuities in these children’s lives. Therapists need to know and keep abreast of the long-term plans for an accommodated child.

He was in transition, probably resident for one year in his current placement whilst plans for permanency were sorted out. For this needy boy the hiatus was fraught. He viewed with open suspicion the plan that we would meet again after the summer holidays. His fear was that it would go wrong. He spent time making a round Plasticine circle in which he eventually placed a tiny figure of a boy. Then forty minutes was given over to a loud and exciting game where emergency vehicles, ambulance, police cars and fire engines had races to see who was the best.

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