Emotions in Child Psychotherapy

Emotions in Child Psychotherapy : An Integrative Framework

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Emotions are the common ground of child psychotherapy and a therapist's essential means of communication with children. Improved emotional resilience must be the shared therapeutic goal of all those who work with children and families. In Emotions in Child Psychotherapy, Kenneth Barish presents an integrative framework for child therapy, based on a contemporary understanding of the child's emotional experience. Barish begins with a concise review of recent advances in the psychology and neuroscience of emotions and an analysis of several emotions-interest, shame and pride, anxiety, anger, and sadness-that are essential, but often underappreciated, in therapeutic work with children. Offering an emotion-based perspective on optimal and pathological development in childhood, Barish argues that in pathological development, negative emotions have become malignant and children are locked in vicious cycles of interaction that perpetuate defiance and withdrawal. Based on these principles, Barish presents a comprehensive model for therapeutic work with children and families. He demonstrates how a systematic focus on the child's emotions provides new understandings of all phases of the therapeutic process and effective means of solving persistent clinical problems: how to engage more children in treatment, mitigate the child's resistance, and provide the kind of understanding to children that promotes openness, initiative, and pro-social character development. Finally, Barish offers a set of active therapeutic strategies that will help repair family relationships damaged by frequent anger and resentment, as well as specific techniques to help parents resolve many of the most common challenges of childrearing. Emotions in Child Psychotherapy includes extensive clinical illustrations and addresses many of the problems faced, at some time, by every child therapist. Both richly informative and highly practical, this book will be value to all students of child therapy and to practicing clinicians of differing theoretical orientations.show more

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195366867
  • 9780195366860
  • 1,075,033

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"It is refreshing and even inspiring to come across a book like Kenneth Barish's....Barish is remarkable in his ability to draw comfortably from many different intellectual streams simultaneously. While psychoanalysis remains his fountainhead, he is glad to acknowledge the contributions of developmental psychopathology, cognitive behavioral treatment, ethology, cognitive psychology, and neuropsychology...It is heartening to have such an elegantly integrated and optimistc perspective on child psychotherapy available. I heartily recommend it to all trainees, but I especially urge more senior psychotherapists and psychoanalysts to give it their time and attention. I predict that Barish's integrative framework will allow them to see their work--with adults as well as with children--in a new light and that their therapeutic technique will be the better for having read this book."--Paul M. Brinich, as reviewed in PsycCRITIQUES"As a child therapist and a parent, I am much the richer for having read Barish's work." --Henry Kronengold, PhD, Psychoanalytic Psychologyshow more

About Kenneth Barish

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at Weill Medical College, Cornell University. He maintains a practice in child and adolescent psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and neuropsychological testing in Hartsdale, NY.show more

Table of contents

EMOTIONS: BASIC TENETS ; EMOTION, NEED, AND "SELF" ; REPRESENTATIVE EMOTIONS: INTEREST, SHAME AND PRIDE, ANXIETY, ANGER, AND SADNESS ; OPTIMAL DEVELOPMENT: RESILIENCE AND POSITIVE EXPECTATIONS ; HOW DOES EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE DEVELOP? ; PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORY: THE CLASSICAL MODEL ; PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORY: DEVELOPMENTAL AND INTERPERSONAL MODELS ; COGNITIVE AND BEHAVIORAL MODELS ; EMOTION REGULATION: AN EMERGING CONSENSUS ; A REPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE ; DEMORALIZATION ; DEFIANCE ; VICIOUS CYCLES ; THE ROLE OF CONFLICT ; ENGAGEMENT ; UNDERSTANDING ; ESSENTIAL DIAGNOSTIC QUESTIONS ; POSITIVE AFFECTS: THEORY AND RESEARCH ; BEING HEARD ; SHARINGS ; THE NATURE OF EMPATHY ; HOW IS EMAPTHY EXPRESSED IN CLINICAL WORK WITH CHILDREN? ; THE THERAPEUTIC FUNCTION OF EMPATHY ; DIFFICULTIES AND LIMITATIONS ; HISTORICAL REVIEW ; CHILDRENS' RESISTANCES: TYPICAL FORMS ; WHAT CAN WE DO? ; SOCIALIZATION: GENERAL PRINCIPLES ; SOCIALIZATION: THEORY AND RESEARCH ; PARENTAL PRIDE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF IDEALS ; EMOTION AND MORAL DEVELOPMENT ; THE SOCIALIZING FUNCTION OF PLAY ; LOSING AND DEMORALIZATION ; CHEATING: A THERAPEUTIC OPPORTUNITY ; THE GOALS OF PARENT GUIDANCE ; A THERAPEUTIC PLAN FOR FAMILIES ; POSITIVE AFFECT SHARING ; CRITICISM ; REPAIR ; PRO-ACTIVE PROBLEM SOLVING ; AGAIN, SHARINGS ; A FIRST AND FINAL PRINCIPLE: STAYING POSITIVE ; RULES AND LIMITS ; TANTRUMS ; HOMEWORK ; SLEEP ; SCHWARTZ: THE 15-MINUTE RULE ; TELEVISION AND ELECTRONIC GAMES ; AT SCHOOL: A BOOK OF POSITIVESshow more

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