When adult therapists work with children: Differential treatment considerations

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Abstract

Too few mental health professionals have special training in child therapy. Most children referred for psychotherapy must be treated by practitioners whose training has been essentially with adults. In the present article, ethical principles and professional standards that relate to the issue of adult therapists treating children are examined. Selected diagnostic and treatment approaches used with children are described. Differential treatment considerations revolving around the issues of play therapy vs talk therapy, open-ended therapy vs directive therapy, and the role of parental involvement are briefly examined. (9 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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