Emotions in Child Psychotherapy: An Integrative Framework

Hardcover | April 24, 2009

byKenneth Barish

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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 ofseveral 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 thechild'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 ofchildrearing. 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 ofdiffering theoretical orientations.

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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 therap...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 6.18 × 9.29 × 0.79 inPublished:April 24, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195366867

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction: Why Emotion?Part I: Normal and Pathological Development in Childhool1. Emotions and Emotional DevelopmentEmotions: Basic TenetsEmotion, Need, and "Self"Representative Emotions: Interest, Shame and Pride, Anxiety, Anger, and Sadness2. Optimal and Pathological Development: A General TheoryOptimal Development: Resilience and Positive ExpectationsHow Does Emotional Resilience Develop?3. Theories of Pathological Development: A Brief ReviewPsychoanalytic Theory: The Classical ModelPsychoanalytic Theory: Developmental and Interpersonal ModelsCognitive and Behavioral ModelsEmotion Regulation: An Emerging Consensus4. Psychopathology in Childhood: Malignant and Reparative ProcessesA Reparative PerspectiveDemoralizationDefianceVicious CyclesThe Role of ConflictPart II: The Therapeutic Process5. The Therapeutic Process: An OverviewEngagementUnderstandingEssential Diagnostic Questions6. Therapeutic EngagementPositive Affects: Theory and ResearchBeing HeardSharings7. EmpathyThe Nature of EmpathyHow is Emapthy Expressed in Clinical Work with Children?The Therapeutic Function of EmpathyDifficulties and Limitations8. The Problem of ResistanceHistorical ReviewChildrens' Resistances: Typical FormsWhat Can We Do?9. Child Psychotherapy as a Socializing Process I --Moral DevelopmentSocialization: General PrinciplesSocialization: Theory and ResearchParental Pride and the Development of IdealsEmotion and Moral DevelopmentThe Socializing Function of Play10. Child Psychotherapy as a Socializing Process II--Winning and LosingLosing and DemoralizationCheating: A Therapeutic OpportunityPart III: Parent Guidance11. Implications for Work with Parents I--Promoting Emotional Health and ResilienceThe Goals of Parent GuidanceA Therapeutic Plan for FamiliesPositive Affect SharingCriticismRepairPro-Active Problem SolvingAgain, SharingsA First and Final Principle: Staying Positive12. Implications for Work with Parents II--Helping Parents with Common Problems of Daily LivingRules and LimitsTantrumsHomeworkSleepSchwartz: The 15-Minute RuleTelevision and Electronic GamesAt School: A Book of PositivesEpilogue