Core Principles of Assessment and Therapeutic Communication with Children, Parents and Families: Towards the Promotion of Child and Family Wellbeing (Hardback)Ruth Schmidt Neven (author)
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Practitioners today are confronted by a bewildering array of therapies as `cure alls.' This book provides an integrated approach to working with children, parents and families that can be applied by all professionals in a variety of settings. Informed by a psychodynamic perspective, it identifies how we can avoid pathologising the behaviour of children by instead considering:the meaning of behaviour as an important source of communicationthe commonality of all experience for children, parents and familiesthe emotional milestones of development the core principles of assessment and therapeutic communication and how they are applied
Through the presentation of sound clinical evidence and research Core Principles of Assessment and Therapeutic Communication with Children, Parents and Families creates connections between clinical practice and community action and, as such, is essential reading for anyone working to promote child and family wellbeing.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
"This is a book that above all is subversive in its intent, but subversive in the most healthy and creative meaning of the term. It contains clinically sound convictions, but also an impassioned social and political awareness about how psychoanalytic thinking can function as a refuge in mental health services and as a resource to combat the dominant and depersonalising culture which so undermines attention to complexity... undoubtedly this book is an important resource for professionals who are inundated with information and guidelines, which run counter to their natural inclinations, to listen to the often inter-generational story their clients bring to the consulting room." - Joan Herrmann, Journal of Child Psychotherapy, Vol. 37, Iss. 1, 2011
"Using her experience as a psychologist and psychotherapist1 Schmidt Neven has written a book that provides guidance for those working with children on how to place children's behaviour within a social and relational context in order to 'hear' what that behaviour may be communicating. By seeking to do this Schmidt Neven argues that ' professionals are acting as powerful advocates for the rights of children... Schmidt Neven's book... provokes us to think what lies behind behaviours, to wonder and be curious and thereby develop practices that promote children's mental health and wellbeing." - Anne Farrelly, International Journal of Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood, Vol 9, No 1, 2011
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