CONTAINING VIOLENCE: A CASE STUDY ILLUSTRATION OF BION's CONTAINER-CONTAINED MODEL AS APPLIED TO MOTHER–INFANT INTERVENTION

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

Secure Beginnings is a program of psychotherapy for pregnant women with potential problems in the formation of the parent–child relationship including, in the extreme, infant maltreatment. The core of the therapeutic process is to help the mother recognize and think through unbearable thoughts and feelings rather than project expectations of abandonment, hate, helplessness or ridicule into her infant. Case material, from 18 months of treatment, is used to illustrate the Secure Beginnings approach. The case is a mother with psychosis and addiction who lost nine previous children to foster care.

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