Psychosocial Group Work with Vulnerable Children: Eclectic Group Conductors and Creative Play

Author(s) : M. Leticia Franieck, Author(s) : Niko Bittner

Part of The Forensic Psychotherapy Monograph series - more in this series

Psychosocial Group Work with Vulnerable Children: Eclectic Group Conductors and Creative Play

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : August 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 208
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  • Catalogue No : 97817
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032739458
  • ISBN 10 : 1032739452
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Psychosocial Group Work with Vulnerable Children presents a simple, accessible, and preventative approach to psychotherapeutic interventions.

The authors explore how this form of group work can strengthen resilience and prevent an increase in antisocial behavioural tendencies among children. Based on a process of shared meaning communication, the book explains how professionals can help children to engage in in-group creative play and allow them to experience their self in relation to others. Castrechini-Franieck and Bittner draw on their experiences of working with children in groups, supplemented with therapeutic elements from Gestalt therapy and ontological psychoanalysis. This approach helps children to achieve a stable state of emotional well-being while improving their behaviour at school, along with their social skills.

Psychosocial Group Work with Vulnerable Children will be a key reading for psychotherapists and other professionals working with vulnerable children including psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers.

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This book offers genuine clinical engagement in the context of a solid psychoanalytic framework, providing the reader with an accessible model of treatment.
Paul Williams, psychoanalyst; author, The Fifth Principle Trilogy

The uniqueness of this book lies in the introduction of a fairly accessible, experiential and preventive approach to group work with vulnerable children. It looks at ways of dealing with aggression by developing object relations with others during ongoing creative play. This approach can be widely adopted by agencies working with vulnerable children worldwide. The authors' focus on the prevention of violence, rather than the treatment of violence, plays a vital role in creating a stable environment for us all.
Roosevelt Cassorla, Training Analyst of the Brazilian Psychoanalytic Association, Sigourney Award 2017

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Foreword
Foreword "Together We Are Strong!" T-WAS
Appendix to the introduction

Part I - Conceptual Source of Inspiration
1. The Interplay Between Antisocial Tendencies and Aggression
2. The Intersection of Gestalt Therapy and Ontological Psychoanalysis
3. Running Children’s Groups in Partnership: What Does This Mean?

Part II - Together We Are Strong (T-WAS)
4. The Challenges Behind the Scenes
5. Eclectic Group Conductors
6. Setting
7. Creative Play
8. Three Different Children’s Groups
9. Direct Challenges to the Eclectic Group Conductors Posed by the Children
10. Reflections on T-WAS (Together We Are Strong)

About the Author(s)

M. Leticia Franieck grew up in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, and studied psychology at the University of Sao Paulo. She practiced as Clinical Psychologist in Brazil for many years before moving to Germany in 2000. There she carried out research into cultural differences in latency children's representations of family relationships under the supervision of Michael Günter, leading to the award of her PhD in 2005. Since then she has lived in Brazil and Germany continuing her research into children's representations at the University of Tubingen. She is currently researching Brazilian street children in order to understand their strengths and their vulnerabilities. Her clinical practice is in a specialist treatment unit for offenders with drug and alcohol problems. She learnt a lot about latency from her twin sons and now is learning from them about adolescence!

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Niko Bittner is a qualified pedagogue and Gestalt therapist, as well as a systemic trainer and coach. He works in youth social work and is a seminar leader at the Odenwald Institute, Germany, where he trains conflict coaches, among other things.

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