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ERIC Number: ED054564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 25
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An Application of Child Analysis: The Cornerstone Project.
Kliman, Gilbert; Stein, Myron
The paper deals with the Cornerstone Project, in which a child analyst works with psychiatrically ill preschool children within a nursery classroom group setting. An analytically trained psychotherapist works 1 1/2 hours per day with up to seven children in the classroom, with the help of nursery school teachers. There is regular contact with parents. How the Project's application of psychoanalytic techniques in an educational setting with each child resembles and differs from regular child analysis and psychotherapy is considered. The established value of nursery classrooms as a natural setting for clinical observation and diagnostic evaluation and the psychoanalytic model (features of the practice of child analysis) are reviewed. The Cornerstone model is discussed and some illustrative moments from the classroom showing the therapist at work are presented. An extensive case study is then used to show details of a treatment and to illustrate specially developed criteria for the psychoanalytic process. Cited are useful intense transference reactions and social, intellectual and educational gains as well as symptomatic improvement occurring in the Project, and the clinical efficacy of the method. (KW)
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Authoring Institution: Center for Preventive Psychiatry, White Plains, NY.