What do child psychotherapists know?

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Rustin, M. 2009. What do child psychotherapists know? in: Midgley, N., Anderson, J. and Nesic-Vuckovic, T. Urwin, C (ed.) Child Psychotherapy and Research: New Approaches Routledge.
AuthorsRustin, M.
EditorsMidgley, N., Anderson, J. and Nesic-Vuckovic, T. Urwin, C
Abstract

In the decades after the death of Freud in 1939, the psychoanalytic tradition in Britain was substantially shaped by child analysis. Melanie Klein’s discoveries emerged from psychoanalytic practice with children, which was based on ‘play technique’. Some of Donald Winnicott’s most important ideas were developed through work with children, and through study of the relationships between mothers and babies. In this book chapter Professor Rustin argues that the theoretical advances of the 1940s and 1950s in the British psychoanalytic tradition could not have occurred without the priority given to the psychoanalysis of children, and the corpus of ideas and techniques with which British analysts now work can scarcely be imagined without that contribution. The chapter concludes that there is much to be learned from the participation of psychoanalysts and child psychotherapists in this growing debate about methods of research.

KeywordsFreud; psychoanalytic tradition; British psychology; psychotherapy; child psychotherapists; cultural theory
Book titleChild Psychotherapy and Research: New Approaches
Year2009
PublisherRoutledge
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Print2009
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Deposited09 Oct 2009
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Rustin, M. (2009) ‘What do child psychotherapists know?’ Published in Midgley, N., Anderson, J., Nesic-Vuckovic, T. Urwin, C. (eds) Child Psychotherapy and Research: New Approaches, Emerging Findings, Routledge 2009, pp 35-50..

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