The Supervision of Child Psychotherapy

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 183–184. Reviews the book, The Child Patient and the Therapeutic Process: A Psychoanalytic, Developmental, Object Relations Approach by Diana Siskind (1992). This book offers the reader an inside view of both the therapeutic treatment of a disturbed young child and the supervisory process between therapist and supervisor. The presentation of transcribed clinical material from both the treatment and supervisory sessions is unique and serves to bring the reader into the process. We find ourselves struggling, along with the therapist and supervisor, to understand the young child's unrelenting fear. We applaud the small gains the child makes in the first year of treatment. This book offers a valuable contribution to our understanding of both child psychotherapy and supervision. The reader gains an appreciation for the value of good supervision and insight into child psychotherapy. This book should be read by both child therapists and supervisors as well as graduate students in psychology, social work, and related professions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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