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Assesing Change in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Children and Adolescents: Today's Challenge


This book draws together work from across Europe by leading clinical researchers who have been looking into the effectiveness of psychoanalytic interventions. They are mostly time limited, brief, non-intensive ways of working so are applicable in many settings and can therefore be generalised to other clinical teams. The populations worked with are diverse and often present mainstream services with refractory clinical problems, so an applied psychoanalytic approach is well worth trying given the evidence presented in this volume.

There is in addition an excellent theoretical chapter on the issues for such clinical research from Stephen Shirk which merits consideration by those wanting to evaluate their own work.

This book has had a long gestation but it is an important contribution to services for child and adolescent mental health services to ensure the full menu of interventions is retained in these times of financial restraint with increasing family distress and concerns about inadequate parenting, family breakdown and troublesome adolescents.


John Tsiantis, Judith Trowell, Daniel Widlocher, Monica Lanyado, Didier Houzel, Eilis Kennedy, Siv Boalt Boethius, Maria Rhode, Jackie Hall, Gunnar Carlberg, Klaus–Thomas Kronmüller, Annette Stefini, Annette Geiser-Elze, Hildegard Horn, Mechtild Hartmann, Klaus Winkelmann, Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, Tamara Fischmann, Stephen R. Shirk, Rebecca A. Burwell, Euthymia D. Hibbs

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS - John Tsiantis and Judith Trowell
SERIES EDITORS’ PREFACE - Monica Lanyado and Didier Houzel
FOREWORD - Daniel Widlöcher
INTRODUCTION - John Tsiantis
CHAPTER ONE: Child and adolescent psychotherapy research: Clinical applications - Eilis Kennedy
CHAPTER TWO: Integrating research in a clinical setting for child psychotherapy: A case study about facilitating and hindering factors in psychoanalytic psychotherapy - Siv Boalt Boëthius
CHAPTER THREE: What does a manual contribute? - Judith Trowell, Maria Rhode and Jackie Hall
CHAPTER FOUR: Focused systematic case studies: An approach linking clinical work and research - Gunnar Carlberg
CHAPTER FIVE: The Heidelberg study of psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and adolescents - Klaus-Thomas Kronmüller MD, Annette Stefini, Annette Geiser-Elze, Hildegard Horn, Mechtild Hartmann and Klaus Winkelmann MD
CHAPTER SIX: Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD): A field for contemporary psychoanalysis?: Some clinical, conceptual and neurobiological considerations based on the Frankfurt Prevention Study - Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber and Tamara Fischmann
CHAPTER SEVEN: Research on therapeutic processes: In psychodynamic psychotherapy with children and adolescents - Stephen R. Shirk and Rebecca A. Burwell
CHAPTER EIGHT: Ethical principles in conducting research with children and adolescents - Euthymia D. Hibbs Ph.D.

Notes about the author(s):

John Tsiantis is Professor of Child Psychotherapy, President of European Union of Medical Specialists Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, previously Chief Editor of the EFPP Monographs book series, and President of the Hellenic Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Judith Trowell is an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Tavistock Clinic, and Professor of Child Mental Health, West Midlands NIMHE/CSIP and University of Worcester. She is a psychoanalyst and child analyst and worked for many years in the NHS as a clinician, trainer, and clinical researcher. Her publications include The Emotional Needs of Young Children and Their Families: Applications of Psychoanalysis in Community Settings (with Marion Bower) and The Importance of Fathers: A Psychoanalytic Re-Evaluation (with Alicia Etchegoyen

Child Psychotherapy and Research. New Approaches and Emerging Findings


Child Psychotherapy and Research brings together some of the most exciting and innovative research activity taking place within psychoanalytic child psychotherapy today. Drawing on the expertise of an international range of contributors, this book describes work at the cutting edge of research in psychoanalytic child psychotherapy and related areas. It presents many of the emerging findings while also illustrating a whole range of methodologies - both quantitative and qualitative - that have been developed to investigate this field. Child Psychotherapy and Research will be a vital resource for anyone involved in research and training related to psychotherapy and child mental health, as well as of great interest to a range of mental health professionals.


The book examines the historical and philosophical background of child psychotherapy research and shows how research illuminates different clinical phenomena, the processes of psychotherapy, its evaluation and outcome. Recent developments in therapeutic work with children, including the increased focus on evidence-based practice, make research a much higher priority in the field than ever before. With this increasing significance, a whole new generation of clinicians are required to become familiar and competent with research methods and research literature.


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