Book: Doing Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Adapting Psychodynamic Treatment to Contemporary Practice
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Almost 10 years ago I wrote a guide to child therapy. I worked
hard, then, to make the book relevant, timely, and thorough. But a lot
has happened over the past decade. The economics of mental health, a
euphemism for managed care and insurance companies, have grown from
supporters of what we do to dictators of it. Even as we meet with our
young patients in the privacy of our offices, we feel those bureaucratic
beasts breathing down our necks. If, just as Watergate’s Deep Throat
advised, we “follow the money,” we see the profound influence that
these entities have had on the important work we do. Hospital beds and
inpatient settings are disappearing. Every day, child therapists are asked
to do more with fewer resources in less time. Paperwork, legal matters,
and compliance with state and federal regulations have, like greedy little
Pacmen, rushed in ahead of patients to gobble up clinicians’ time.
This readable guide for therapists and therapists-in-training lays out the theoretical essence and practical essentials of doing child and adolescent psychotherapy from the referral call to the last goodbye.