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Taking some of the most innovative ways of reaching young children and their parents, this book demonstrates how psychotherapists can bring together some of the key elements of the psychotherapeutic tradition with new and creative ways using the arts, metaphor, play and bodywork.
Look inside! We’re delighted to give free access to Roz Read‘s inspiring chapter ‘Finding and nurturing the gold: an integrative approach to working with an adopted adolescent and her parent’. Read it here.
Book launch: Watch a recording of the live virtual launch of the book, featuring editors Roz Read and Jeanne Magagna as they discuss the work that inspired the book with guest speakers Jane O’Rourke and Dan Hughes.
Roz Read and Jeanne Magagna
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Child & Adolescent Studies
Contemporary Child Psychotherapy: Integration and Imagination in Creative Clinical Practice demonstrates the step-by-step process of developing the depth of understanding, creativity, knowledge and skill that underpin a modern integrative child psychotherapist. Portrayed is a flexible model that is fluid and evolving, bringing together traditional, long-held ideas with fresh perspectives and up-to-date research. In bringing together psychoanalytic theory, attachment theory, trauma theories, the arts and creativity, neuroscience and the body, a rich framework is created. From this, the individual integrative child psychotherapist can choose the interventions which best foster the emotional development of each unique child and their parents today.
Roz Read is Programme Director of the Integrative Child Psychotherapy training at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and a UKCP-registered integrative child psychotherapist. With a background working in the arts, Roz has worked extensively with children and teenagers in multicultural inner-city community projects, schools, and multidisciplinary teams for over 30 years. For the past 13 years, Roz has worked with adopted, LAC, and permanently placed children and their families. She currently works within PAC-UK (formerly the Post Adoption Centre) and prior to this worked at Family Futures. Roz is also visiting lecturer and co-convenor of the Neuroscience and Attachment Workshop at the Tavistock Centre, and a freelance trainer and clinical supervisor. She has a special interest in integrating treatment approaches for developmental trauma, attachment and working with the body, and is an accredited dyadic developmental psychotherapist and somatic experiencing® practitioner.
Dr Jeanne Magagna aims to help people observe the deeper aspects of infants’ personalities in order that infants can be better understood and have more rights to good parenting. She has edited or co-edited: Intimate Transformations, The Silent Child, Creativity and Psychotic State, Psychotherapy with Families, Universals of Psychoanalysis, and Being Present for Your Nursery Age Child, all of which show how careful observation and empathic understanding of infants and children, and collaboration with and support for parents, can ensure babies’ rights to good parental care. Previously a Head Start teacher, university teacher, and special educator, she was then head of Psychotherapy Services at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and was a consultant psychotherapist in Ellern Mede Centre for Eating Disorders in London. Jeanne is a child and adolescent psychotherapist (PhD level), family psychotherapist, and adult psychotherapist, trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London. Previously coordinator of training, she currently teaches at the Centro Studi Martha Harris Tavistock model trainings in Florence and Venice, Italy. She is in private practice in London as a child, adult and family therapist, as well as consulting, publishing, and teaching worldwide.
About the editors and contributors
Foreword by Dan Hughes
Introduction by Roz Read
Addicted to action, fear of being
Experiences of being held: creating a space to think and play within a family
The effects of chronic trauma and neglect
Porges meets Winnicott
Autism and sensory sensitivity
“Finding Dory”: a story of an eight year old’s journey from loss to hope and strength
Making sense of the pieces
Space rockets and mobile homes: reaching the place of hope by traversing the landscape of trauma and loss
All in bits: trauma, fragmentation, and the journey of piecing back together
Safety, trust, and maternal deprivation
Working in schools: parents and the system around the child
Building a therapeutic service in schools: the role of an integrative child psychotherapist
Empathising with defences through the use of arts and metaphor
Finding and nurturing the gold: an integrative approach to working with an adopted adolescent and her parent
Developing a “cradle of concern” using transference and countertransference in therapy and supervision
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