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Therapy with Children

Therapy with Children
Children's Rights, Confidentiality and the Law

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May 2000 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Therapy with Children: Children's rights, confidentiality and the law represents an approach to therapeutic work which prioritises the needsof the child as the client. Based on an examination of children's rights, this book explores the legal and professional dimensions of working therapeutically with children. The authors acknowledge the crucial importance of confidentiality in establishing a working alliance and maintaining a secure environment for therapy with children. They explain the legal framework within which practitioners operate and consider the conflicting pressures which therapists face concerning issues of parental involvement and children at risk from abuse or self-harm. With reference to the work of Freud, Klein and Winnicott, the authors show how psychoanalysis radically altered perceptions about childhood and effectively paved the way for the development of a child-focused therapy.

Children's Rights
From Dependence to Autonomy  
Therapy with Children
The Psychoanalytic Tradition  
Therapy and the Rights of the Child
The Law Relating to Therapy with Children
Contrasting Approaches  
Parental Oversight of Therapy
The Therapist as Mediator  
Reporting Child Abuse
The Therapist as Law Enforcer  
Provisional Confidentiality in Practice
The Therapist as Protector  
Working with Risk
The Therapist as Enabler  
Empowering Children

`This book raises issues of relevance to teachers, health professionals, youth workers and social workers as well as counsellors working with children. It provides a stimulating read, is an excellent source of reference and is very accessible' - Educational Review

`This book provides much material that will enable therapists to work within a basic framework of understanding and knowledge of legal processes and for that reason should be highly recommended' - Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal

`This is as concise a book as one could hope for on such a wide-ranging and rapidly evolving arena of work. It is not only concise but it is also crammed with content of a high order. I have to admit to half expecting a rather dry and uninspiring dialectic on the subject of children's rights and the consequent implications in terms of confidentiality and the law. I am happy to admit that I was rapidly disabused of that notion.... It is a challenge rather than an easy read. The text flows well but is so packed with succinctly presented content that one can easily overlook the richness of the meal, or the complexity of the ingredients. I would certainly expect that this book will play a longstanding role as a place to test and explore one's own thoughts and practice in the complex area of work' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

`...the authors have produced a work which is informative and thought-provoking without avoiding the difficulties of the subject matter or offering simplistic answers' - Journal of Interprofessional Care

`Debbie Daniels and Peter Jenkins approach the complex issue of the rights of children to seek and sustain psychotherapy with skill and sensitivity. They provide a lucid and accurate account of psychoanalytically-orientated counselling and psychotherapy and illustrate how the needs of the child for a place of confidential safety is essential for any child to trust a therapist, and eventually, for the society of `childhood' at large to appreciate the sanctuary provided by this trust.... Daniels and Jenkins' book arrives at a crucial moment in history of the therapeutic treatment of children and adults. It is fair minded, exceptionally informative, well written, and compelling' - Christopher Bollas - from the Foreword

`This is a thought-provoking book, raising and discussing the important questions that pervade the minefield that is therapy with children. This book is thorough and detailed, referencing many useful and significant legal and official documents by way of answering some of the thorny questions that it raises....This book should prove beneficial for any adults working with children in need of therapeutic support. It carefully highlights the main legal issues, and equally and importantly, sensitively takes the reader through the process and practice of therapy, and its implications for the psychological well-being of both child client, and the therapist' - British Journal of Educational Psychology

`The layout of this book allows for selective reading of relevant sections. It is very readable and well presented with excellent summary tables and bulleted lists in shaded boxes....There is particularly useful material for health professionals, teachers and social workers in relation to consent...This book contributes some excellent material to the debate on children's rights' - Child Abuse and Neglect

`There are many cases in which the therapist's ability to provide confidentiality in working with children will be constrained by law. As the authors of this volume argue: "in working therapeutically with children, as with adult clients, therapists will increasingly discover that ignorance of the law is no excuse"' - Childright

`The authors provide a thoughtful consideration of work with young people' - Children and Society

`The layout of this book allows for selective reading of relevant sections. It is very readable and well presented, with excellent summary tables and bulleted lists in shaded boxes…. This book contributes some excellent material to the debate on children's rights' - Linda Naylor, Child Abuse Review

`The strengths of this book are that the legal issues of competence and confidentiality are well covered with a clear application to working as a therapist' - Anne Woodhouse, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry

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