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Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Treatment of Children and Adolescents: Tradition and Transformation
Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Treatment of Children and Adolescents
Tradition and Transformation
Paperback      ISBN: 078901727x

In the nearly one hundred years that have elapsed since Freud's publication of his pioneering work with "Little Hans," psychoanalysis has transformed not only our clinical work with children, but has immeasurably enriched our understanding of normal child and adolescent development as well as developmental deviations and derailments. We have gradually come to understand childhood and adolescence as a complex tapestry of developmental themes, conflicts, and crises; sometimes discontinuous or discrete, at other times, harmonious and integrated, yet always occurring within a transactional matrix of environmental influences and internal experience.In this transdisciplinary anthology, eight authors explore the changing terrain of child and adolescent psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy. The contributions, which reflect theoretical and clinical heterogeneity, are both innovative and varied, and range from the highly abstract and theoretical to those that consider very specific dimensions of clinical process. Collectively, they make a compelling case for the continued relevance of psychoanalytic ideas in the treatment of children and adolescents. With insightful contributions by expert psychoanalysts, clinical social workers, and clinical psychologists, Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Treatment of Children and Adolescents: Tradition and Transformation is essential reading for child and adolescent therapists. Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Treatment of Children and Adolescents will increase your knowledge of:

  • the function of play in normal development--and within the treatment relationship
  • psychoanalytic theories and research investigations linking early object loss to depression
  • the nature of adolescent depression
  • the theoretical and clinical dimensions of a two-systems approach to understanding psychopathology and the clinical process
  • the dynamic meaning and clinical management of drug and alcohol abuse, promiscuity, eating disorders, violence, and other self-destructive behaviors
  • the complexities of treating children with neuropsychological deficits
What Will Happen to Me: Every Night, Approximately Three Million Children Go to Bed with a Parent in Pri
What Will Happen to Me
Every Night, Approximately Three Million Children Go to Bed with a Parent in Pri
Paperback      ISBN: 1561486892

What is life like for a child who has a parent in prison? This book brings together photographic portraits of 30 children whose parents are incarcerated, along with their thoughts and reflections, in their own words. As Taylor says, I want other kids to know that, even though your parents are locked up, they're not bad people. And I want them to know that we'll get through it. As long as we have someone there to help us, we can get through it. It makes you stronger. The material in What Will Happen to Me? has been gathered and written by two nationally-recognized experts. Howard Zehr is known around the world as the grandfather of restorative justice. He lectures and consults internationally on that topic and related issues. He is currently a member of the Victims Advisory Group of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz travels the U.S. doing mediation work in severe crime cases. She provides consulting and training for agencies and communities seeking to implement programs of restorative justice. This book of portraits and text includes: Reflections of several grandparents who are unexpectedly parenting children whose parents are incarcerated. Ten Questions Often Asked by Children. Dealing with Emotions--including grief and loss, shame and stigma, anger and isolation. Resources for Staying in Touch, Finding Moments of Celebration, Adjusting to a Parent's Return, Self-Care for Family Caregivers, and Suggestions for Third-Party Caregivers. The Children's Bill of Rights, along with thoughtful consideration about how to apply restorative justice and respect for relationships in these difficult situations.

A Straight Talking Introduction to the Causes of Mental Health Problems
A Straight Talking Introduction to the Causes of Mental Health Problems
Paperback      ISBN: 1906254192

As the causes of mental health problems are often more complicated than we understand, this book presents the reader with summaries of various causes. It is perfect reading for students of all mental health disciplines and everyone with an interest in mental health.

The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears
The Opposite of Worry
The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears
Paperback      ISBN: 0345539338
"The most helpful book on childhood anxiety I have ever read."--Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

Whether it's the monster in the closet or the fear that arises from new social situations, school, or sports, anxiety can be especially challenging and maddening for children. And since anxiety has a mind of its own, logic and reassurance often fail, leaving parents increasingly frustrated about how to help. Now Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., the author of Playful Parenting, provides a special set of tools to handle childhood anxiety. Offering simple, effective strategies that build connection through fun, play, and empathy, Dr. Cohen helps parents

- start from a place of warmth, compassion, and understanding
- teach children the basics of the body's "security system" alert, alarm, assessment, and all clear.
- promote tolerance of uncertainty and discomfort by finding the balance between outright avoidance and "white-knuckling" through a fear
- find lighthearted ways to release tension in the moment, labeling stressful emotions on a child-friendly scale
- tackle their own anxieties so they can stay calm when a child is distressed
- bring children out of their anxious thoughts and into their bodies by using relaxation, breathing, writing, drawing, and playful roughhousing

With this insightful resource of easy-to-implement solutions and strategies, you and your child can experience the opposite of worry, anxiety, and fear and embrace connection, trust, and joy.

Praise for The Opposite of Worry

"The Opposite of Worry is an informative resource for parents and other family members. The book is easy to read, comprehensive and notable for its many practical suggestions."--New England Psychologist

"Good advice for parents making daily calls to the pediatrician . . . Anxiety is a full-body sport, and Cohen's main advice is not to treat it with words but with actions. . . . Physicality is about living in the present, and for anxious people, the present is a powerful place of healing. Intended for parents of children ages 3 to 15, this book offers anecdotes and fun anti-anxiety games."--Publishers Weekly

"Here's the help parents of anxious children have been looking for Dr. Cohen's genius is in the warm and generous spirit of the strategies he outlines for parents. He grounds his playful approach in a sound explanation of how anxiety affects children, and how they heal. Parents will come away with plenty of ideas to help them develop their children's confidence. While reading, I found myself thinking, 'I'd like to try that for myself '"--Patty Wipfler, founder and program director, Hand in Hand Parenting

"If you want to understand your child's anxiety--and your own parental worries--you must read Larry Cohen's brilliant book, The Opposite of Worry. Dr. Cohen is one of the most imaginative and thoughtful psychologists you will ever encounter. He explains how and why children become anxious and then shows how we can use empathy and play to help them escape from the terrifying dark corners of childhood."--Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

"The Opposite of Worry offers a treasure trove of ideas to help children feel confident and secure. Lawrence Cohen has written a book that will help every parent of an anxious child."--Aletha Solter, Ph.D., founder, Aware Parenting, and author of Attachment Play
Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Psychoanalytic Approaches
Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Psychoanalytic Approaches
Paperback      ISBN: 0415172594

This Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to the practice and principles of child and adolescent psychotherapy around the world.
Contents include:
* a brief introduction to the child psychotherapy profession, its history and development
* a review of the theory underlying therapeutic practice
* an overview of the varied settings in which child psychotherapists work
* analysis of the growth of the profession internationally
* an examination of areas of expertise around the world
* a summary of current research
Contributors are experienced practitioners from within a diverse range of schools and approaches and so provide a well-rounded picture of child and adolescent psychotherapy today. The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy will be an essential resource for professional psychotherapists, students of psychotherapy, social workers and all professionals working with disturbed children.

NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children
New Thinking about Children
Paperback      ISBN: 0446504130

In a world of modern, involved, caring parents, why are so many kids aggressive and cruel? Where is intelligence hidden in the brain, and why does that matter? Why do cross-racial friendships decrease in schools that are more integrated? If 98% of kids think lying is morally wrong, then why do 98% of kids lie? What's the single most important thing that helps infants learn language?
NurtureShock is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children, we've mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring--because key twists in the science have been overlooked.
Nothing like a parenting manual, the authors' work is an insightful exploration of themes and issues that transcend children's (and adults') lives.

A Mind at a Time
A Mind at a Time
Hardcover      ISBN: 0743202228

"Different minds learn differently," writes Dr. Mel Levine, one of the best-known education experts and pediatricians in America today. And that's a problem for many children, because most schools still cling to a one-size-fits-all education philosophy. As a result, these children struggle because their learning patterns don't fit the schools they are in.
In A Mind at a Time, Dr. Levine shows parents and others who care for children how to identify these individual learning patterns. He explains how parents and teachers can encourage a child's strengths and bypass the child's weaknesses. This type of teaching produces satisfaction and achievement instead of frustration and failure.
Different brains are differently wired, Dr. Levine explains. There are eight fundamental systems, or components, of learning that draw on a variety of neurodevelopmental capacities. Some students are strong in certain areas and some are strong in others, but no one is equally capable in all eight. Using examples drawn from his own extensive experience, Dr. Levine shows how parents and children can identify their strengths and weaknesses to determine their individual learning styles.
For example, some students are creative and write imaginatively but do poorly in history because weak memory skills prevent them from retaining facts. Some students are weak in sequential ordering and can't follow directions. They may test poorly and often don't do well in mathematics. In these cases, Dr. Levine observes, the problem is not a lack of intelligence but a learning style that doesn't fit the assignment. Drawing on his pioneering research and his work with thousands of students, Dr. Levine shows how parents and teachers can develop effective strategies to work through or around these weaknesses.
"It's taken for granted in adult society that we cannot all be 'generalists' skilled in every area of learning and mastery. Nevertheless, we apply tremendous pressure to our children to be good at everything. They are expected to shine in math, reading, writing, speaking, spelling, memorization, comprehension, problem solving...and none of us adults can" do all this, observes Dr. Levine. Learning begins in school but it doesn't end there. Frustrating a child's desire to learn will have lifelong repercussions. This frustration can be avoided if we understand that not every child can do equally well in every type of learning. We must begin to pay more attention to individual learning styles, to individual minds, urges Dr. Levine, so that we can maximize children's learning potential. In A Mind at a Time he shows us how.

Raising Blaze: Bringing Up an Extraordinary Son in an Ordinary World
Raising Blaze
Bringing Up an Extraordinary Son in an Ordinary World
Paperback      ISBN: 0060004339

When you have a child that doesn't fit in, what do you do? Debra Ginsberg knew that her son, Blaze, was unique from the moment he was born in 1987. What she didn't know was that Blaze's differences would be regarded by the outside world not as gifts, but as impediments to social and academic success. Blaze never crawled. He just got up and walked when he turned one. He called his mother 'Zsa Zsa' until he was three. By kindergarten, he loved the music of Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald. He fears butterflies and is fascinated by garbage trucks. With the same honesty that made Waiting a success, Raising Blaze: Bringing Up an Extraordinary Son in an Ordinary World chronicles Debra's experience in raising a child who has defied definition by the host of professionals who have sought to label his differences. Ginsberg introduces us to a remarkable child and her own unusual childhood. She writes about a family which shows us the redemptive power of faith, humour and love.

Banished Knowledge: Facing Childhood Injuries
Banished Knowledge
Facing Childhood Injuries
Hardcover      ISBN: 0385267614

A psychoanalyst offers, based on years of research, a method that will enable adults to feel the banished child within, and let that child speak and condemn the past's abuse, in order to liberate their lives

Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents
Just Tell Me What to Say
Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents
Paperback      ISBN: 0061452971

Parents are often perplexed by their children's typical behaviors and inevitable questions. This down-to-earth guide provides Tips and Scripts for handling everything from sibling rivalry and the food wars to questions about death, divorce, sex, and whyyyy? Betsy Brown Braun blends humor with her expertise as a child development specialist, popular parent educator, and mother of triplets. Whatever your dilemma or child's question--from How did the baby get in your tummy? to What does 'dead' mean? to It's not fair --Betsy offers the tools and confidence you need to explain the world to your growing child.