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, capturing the intricacies and subtleties of children and their therapists in their biggest and smallest ways, and everywhere in between.
Preface What’s New.
Preface to the First Edition.
To the Reader.
PART I. THE ESSENTIALS.
1. Easy Does It: Beginning Therapy.
2. Can I Help You? Evaluating the Child and Offering Treatment.
3. The Not-So-Magic of Therapy: How Therapy Works.
4. Do Fence Me In: The Bounds and Limits.
5. Tell Me Where It Hurts: On Talking and Querying.
PART II. TECHNIQUES AND TOOLS.
6. The Lowdown on High Drama: Playing with Puppets and Action Figures.
7. Shoot, Topple, and Roll: Using Games, Building Toys, and Guns.
8. Drawing Out the Child: Artwork in Therapy.
9. All Together Now: Balancing Play and Talk.
10. Pushing the Envelope: On Giving, Telling, and Other Exceptions.
PART III. THE REST.
11. Handle with Care: Working with Parents.
12. Handle with Care, Part 2: More Work with Parents.
13. On Brotherly Love and Musical Chairs: Family Work.
14. Talking Heads: Working with Schools and Other Agencies.
15. Hard Times: Unwilling Patients and Therapeutic Crises.
16. Getting to Know You, Getting to Know Me: Race, Religion, and Culture.
17. When Therapy Is Not Enough: Medication.
18. I Can Name That Tune in Six Sessions: Managed Care and Evidence-Based Treatment.
19. All’s Well That Ends Well: Closing Therapy.
About the Author.
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.