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ERIC Number: EJ810010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0075-417X
From Scapegoating to Thinking and Finding a Home: Delivering Therapeutic Work in Schools
Music, Graham; Hall, Becky
Journal of Child Psychotherapy, v34 n1 p43-61 Apr 2008
This paper discusses how the child psychotherapist's core skills can be usefully applied in a school setting. It outlines some of the important policy changes that have necessitated a move towards delivering therapeutic work in community settings such as schools. It is argued that the role of the child psychotherapist in schools has much in common with the role played by the psychotherapist in a therapeutic community. The paper suggests that therapy in schools is in many ways less simple than therapy in clinic settings, and in particular it is often unclear who exactly the client is and at what level to intervene when a referral is made. The referred patient is not necessarily the "problem", so that the child psychotherapist must be prepared to tackle issues in the system to ensure that splitting and projection are reduced, and systems around children can become more containing. Clinical vignettes and one main clinical illustration are used to try to illustrate these points. ["From Scapegoating to Thinking and Finding a Home: Delivering Therapeutic Work in Schools" was written with Becky Hall.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)