Doing Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
"Highly pragmatic and thoughtful... The teachers in this text are the patients... The writing is deceptively simple, but the material bespeaks a great deal of experience, as well as a true love for patients and for the profoundly complex and difficult work involved in healing. Plain and simple, it is a wonderful, refreshing text."
–Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
"Impressive... easy to read, hard to resist, and full of practical knowledge... a gem."
–Community Mental Health Journal
"With great attention to detail, guides us through the nuts and bolts of child and adolescent psychotherapy. The author's belief in the therapist-child relationship comes through loud and clear. Highly recommended!"
–Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, Farleigh Dickinson University
"Magnificent … extremely well-written, insightful, engaging and educational."
–Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
"Colorfully written … full of rich clinical insights written in plain language … refreshing, candid, and easily accessible to clinicians of all disciplines and orientations … comprehensive … offers the reader a sense that she is journeying through the therapeutic process … humane, illustrative, and yet practical … exceedingly well-written, engaging, and sophisticated … Not only are his words a pleasure to read — they also strike a unique and invaluable balance between theoretical sophistication and accessibility.”
–Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal
"Deceptively easy to read, yet full of clinical wisdom."
–Paul Brinich, PhD, University of North Carolina
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 II: 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.