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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.