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One Tree, Many Branches contains twelve inspirational chapters on the practice of integrative child and adolescent psychotherapy in four parts: therapeutic holding, race and cultural identity, neurodivergence and differently wired brains, and systemic issues and working within the system. Subjects discussed include ecopsychotherapy, autism, the lack of male psychotherapists, working with refugees, racial trauma, female genital mutilation, working in closed communities, and foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
The book includes contributions from Audrey Adeyemi, Tasha Bailey, Kelly Brackett, Jamie Butterworth, Alix Hearn, Evania Inward, Irene Mburu, Sasha Morphitis, Magda Raczynska, Nadja Rolli, Zisi Schleider, and Anna Tuttle.
Due to be published in September 2023.
Bozena Merrick and Di Gammage
Paperback, e-Book, Print & e-Book
Child & Adolescent Studies
One Tree, Many Branches: The Practice of Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the pioneering child and adolescent psychotherapy and counselling training organisation Terapia and the achievements of its trainees , tutors, and staff, who provide highly specialised counselling, psychotherapy, and bespoke mental health services for young people, children, parents, and families. Terapia works with individuals, organisations, schools, and the statutory and non-statutory sector and is a strong voice for child psychotherapy as a distinct and specialist profession. Therapeutic work with children requires a different set of skills and knowledge to that of adult psychotherapists. For example, much of the work is non-verbal and uses play and metaphor alongside talking. It also requires involvement with the system around the child, such as parents, families, and professionals, and the management of conflicting agendas and politics to act on behalf of the child. This book is a must-read for all who work with children to open up exciting and pioneering new approaches for meeting the multifarious needs of our children and adolescents today.
About the editors and contributors
Introduction: Seeds sown
Bozena Merrick and Di Gammage
Part I: Therapeutic holding
1. Ecopsychotherapy with children and young people in mind: attachment to place, nature, and landscape
2. Airy creatures: using somatic countertransference to ground autistic states in child psychotherapy
3. The absent other: reflections on the absence of male, integrative child and adolescent psychotherapists
Part II: Race and cultural identity
4. Meet them where they are: integrative psychotherapy with refugee children and young people
5. Unveiling racial trauma in the practice of the integrative child and adolescent psychotherapist
6. Understanding the trauma and implications of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) through child psychotherapy
7. Working with children and young people in the Orthodox Jewish Community
8. Go well: Exploring themes of grief and loss in therapy with children and young people
Part III: Neurodivergence and differently wired brains
9. Working therapeutically with uniquely wired children
10. Is it too late? The contribution of the integrative child psychotherapist to those affected by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Part IV: Systemic issues and working within systems
11. An ongoing conversation…What (really) works in therapeutic residential care
12. Working through play on the mentalizing capacity of controlling-caregiving children who suffered early relational trauma
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