Psychoanalysis has always been a developing field. For the treatment of children whose development has come to a standstill, mentalization-based child therapy—previously known as developmental therapy—is the latest branch on this tree of knowledge.
A combination of data from psychoanalysis, infant research, attachment research and neurobiology was of decisive significance in reaching this point. It is becoming clear that neurobiological processes can very well be understood on the basis of psychoanalytic frameworks. These new insights into people’s mental functioning also serve to foster collaboration, resulting in an integration of the more relationship-oriented treatments and the more competence-oriented treatments.
This book will fill a growing need in mental health care for children and young people: integrated treatment, that is, using several different modes of treatment at the same time when the problems are complex. Treating complex problems in children with new psychoanalytic techniques is expected to add a new dimension to the practice of treatment, one that is interesting to cognitive behavioral therapists and psychoanalytically schooled psychotherapists alike. One step further, mental health care for children and adolescents may well draw benefits from the achievements of psychoanalysis, thus embedding psychoanalysis more firmly in the field of mental health care. To achieve this, not only will the various forms of psychotherapy need to be integrated, but the therapists as well.
"This book is a valuable instrument in clinical training, particularly because of the way it elaborates on the many interventions and techniques, differentiates and operationalizes them, and furthermore illustrates them using case material.'"
-- Nicole Vliegen, Kind en Adolescent [Child and Adolescent]
"The book is an excellent guideline for therapy with children who are developmentally threatened or disturbed."
-- Anneke van den Bosch, Kind en Adolescent Praktijk [Child and Adolescent Practice]
"The authors' merits lie within the fact that they are abundantly clear and thorough in their description of methodology and approach. This is the indispensable groundwork of any research, and will be sure to silence any sceptics."
-- R.J. van der Gaag, Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie [Journal of Psychiatry]
"Despite the differing backgrounds of the authors that have worked together to bring forth this book, it is a remarkably clear text, with a crystal-clear structure, in a well-edited publication."
-- Hans Peters, Tijdschrift Cliëntgerichte Psychotherapie [Journal of Person-Centred Psychotherapy]
Acknowledgements; Series Forward; About the Editors and Contributors; Foreword—Peter Fonagy; 1) Introduction—Marcel G.J. Schmeets, Annelies J. E. Verheugt-Pleiter, and Jolien Zevalkink; 2) Theoretical Concepts—Marcel G.J. Schmeets; 3) Assessment of Mentalizing Problems in Children—Jolien Zevalkink; 4) Treatment Strategy—Annelies J. E. Verheugt-Pleiter; 5) Helping Parents to Promote Mentalization—Marja J. Rexwinkel and Annelies J. E. Verheugt-Pleiter; 6) Observation Method—Jolien Zevalkink; 7) Intervention Techniques: Attention Regulation—Annelies J. E. Verheugt-Pleiter; 8) Intervention Techniques: Affect Regulation— Annelies J. E. Verheugt-Pleiter; 9) Intervention Techniques: Mentalization—Annelies J. E. Verheugt-Pleiter; 10) Treatment in Practice—Froukje M. E. Slijper; 11) Research Strategy—Jolien Zevalkink; Appendix A: Intervention Techniques; Appendix B: Gloassary; References; Index.