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The Technique of Child Psychoanalysis : Discussions With Anna Freud
Joseph Sandler (1927-1998), Hansi Kennedy and Robert L. Tyson
Harvard University Press / Softcover / Jan 1980
9780674871014 (ISBN-10: 0674871014)
Infant, Child & Adolescent
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336 pages
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This book distills the essence of child psychoanalysis from the practice and thought of its founder Anna Freud, who for over 50 years has been at the forefront of this controversial field. Children are the most refractory of all subjects to treat analytically. Here, for the first time, is a primer on the difficult technique as practiced at the Hampstead Clinic in London, which was founded by Anna Freud and is today the leading child analytic center in the world. She and her colleagues expose their wealth of experience to systematic review, which yields up rich insights not only into child psychoanalysis and psychotherapy but also into basic child development. In addition, their findings have relevance to the understanding of emotional disturbance at all ages.

The book follows the treatment situation through all its stages, from the first session to termination and follow-up. It focuses on the interaction between therapist and child in the treatment room, illustrating the points with copious clinical vignettes. One point examined is the structure of treatment with respect to such matters as scheduling sessions and handling interruptions. Another element that comes under scrutiny is the development of the child’s relationship to the therapist, which subsumes such factors as establishing an alliance, transference, and resistance. The child’s repertoire of expressions, both verbal and nonverbal, is explored, as is the therapist’s armamentarium of interpretations and interventions. Woven throughout the description of these elements is incisive commentary by Anna Freud. Her commonsense approach gives the book unique value, lifting it to a rare level of human wisdom.


“One of the most important contributions to the literature of child psychoanalysis to appear in recent years.”—Psychoanalytic Quarterly

“A long-needed, systematic presentation of technique, set in a firm foundation of classic and well-reasoned psychoanalytic theory… It comes as a gift to child analysts and therapists of all persuasions.”—Psychoanalytic Review

“Enormously useful for personal study and contemplation of therapeutic issues as well as an excellent source of topics and concepts around which a seminar on therapy could be organized.”—Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

Table of Contents:


Part One: The Framework of Treatment
1. Scheduling and Attendance
2. Interruptions
3. Change of Therapist
4. Change of Setting

Part Two: The Therapeutic Relationship
5. Treatment Alliance
6. Resistance
7. Fantasies and Expectations
8. Insight and Self-Observation
9. Reaction to Interpretations
10. Transference
11. Other Uses of the Therapist

Part Three: The Child’s Modes of Expression
12. Bringing in Material
13. Acting Out
14. Coming and Going

Part Four: Interpretation and Intervention
15. Introducing Treatment
16. Clarification and Confrontation
17. Aids to Interpretation
18. Significant Interpretations
19. Selection and Timing
20. Working Through
21. Restriction
22. Physical Contact and Gratification
23. Modifications of Technique
24. Extra-Analytic Contact
25. Termination of Treatment

Part Five: The Outcome of Treatment
26. Aims of Treatment
27. Assessment and Follow-up
Case Index
General Index

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