What Can the Matter Be?: Therapeutic Interventions with Parents, Infants and Young Children

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Elizabeth Bradley, Louise Emanuel
Karnac Books, Dec 31, 2008 - Psychology - 320 pages
This volume is the result of over twenty years of therapeutic interventions with families within the Tavistock Clinic's Under Fives Service. It describes in detail the process of understanding young children's communications and behaviour and the dynamics of family relationships within the consulting room in a lively, accessible style. It covers common themes in work with young children such as disruptive, angry behaviour, separation and sleep difficulties, and problems in the parent/couple relationship. This book is essential reading for all early years professionals hoping to gain a greater understanding of the technique, observational skills and theory which underlie a psychodynamic approach to work with the under fives.

About the author (2008)

Elizabeth Bradley is a consultant Child and Adolescent psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic. She is a psychoanalyst and has a special interest in the application of psychoanalytic ideas to working with parents and children. She has written about unconscious factors affecting emotional life in pregnancy and motherhood. She has been a leading member of the Under Fives Service at the Tavistock Clinic.

Louise Emanue is a consultant child psychotherapist in the Child and Family Department of the Tavistock Clinic. She is head of the Under Fives Service and convenor of its training forum, the Infant Mental Health Workshop. She has a special interest in parent-infant interventions and parent-couple work. She is Course Organiser of the MA in Infant Mental Health and teaches on the Tavistock Clinical Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. She has lectured in Europe, Australia, South Africa and South America, and wrote the book 'Understanding your Three-Year-Old' (Tavistock Clinic 'Understanding Your Child' series).

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