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Change Processes in Child Psychotherapy
Revitalizing Treatment and Research



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ISBN 9781572300958
Published November 18, 1996 by Guilford Press
395 Pages

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Book Description

This groundbreaking work advances a developmental perspective on both the basic processes of therapeutic change and the classification of childhood problems, offering a novel approach to the search for effective treatments for children. Generating a new flow of ideas between clinical practice and empirical research, the volume revitalizes basic modalities such as psychodynamic, play and cognitive therapies by identifying the core ingredients that enhance and retard the processes of change. The authors also demonstrate the limitations of utilizing diagnostic labels as the basis for assessing treatment efficacy, arguing instead for an integrative approach that links methods of intervention with a case-relevant analysis of the child's emotional, interpersonal and cognitive development. This book will appeal to clinical and school psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other clinicians working with children, as well as researchers in the field. It also serves as a text in graduate-level courses on child treatment and child psychopathology.

Table of Contents

Part I: Theoretical and Empirical Foundations of Child Psychotherapy. The Domain of Child Psychotherapy. The Effects of Child Psychotherapy: Outcome Research. The Process of Child Psychotherapy: Process Research. Conceptual Interlude: Essential Ingredients for Revitalizing Child Psychotherapy. Part II: Change Processes in Child Psychotherapy. Interpersonal Change Processes. Emotional Change Processes. Cognitive Change Processes. Part III: Case Formulations in Child Psychotherapy. Treatment Selection: Formulations of Pathogenic Processes. Formulation-Guided Child Psychotherapy: Case Studies. Change Processes and Case Formulations: Conclusions.

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Reviews

"Represents a needed approach in child and adolescent psychotherapy, and offers revitalization to a field that suffers from the lack of empirical findings that are so necessary for advancement. This is a well-researched volume that is comprehensive in scope, integrative in view, and optimistic in perspective." - Larry E. Beutler, PhD


"Does much to bridge the schism between research and practice and holds considerable promise for facilitating dialogue and the cross fertilization of ideas between those providing treatment and those invested in understanding developmental child psychopathology. This volume will be an important addition to striving to ameliorate the suffering of troubled children." - Dante Cicchetti, PhD