She has pioneered and supported the extension of training in psychoanalytic observational approaches to training across the United Kingdom and in a number of other countries. He has written widely on psychoanalytic approaches to culture and society, including on children's fiction 'Narratives of Love and Loss' and drama 'Mirror to Nature' both with Margaret Rustin. Mirror to Nature : Drama, Psychoanalysis and Society.
Margaret Rustin , Michael Rustin. This book brings the insights of psychoanalysis to bear on drama in the western dramatic tradition. Plays which are discussed in detail include works by Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov, Wilde, and Beckett among others.
The authors seek to show that the subtle understanding of conscious and unconscious emotions achieved by psychoanalytic practice can bring new ways of understanding classic works of drama. The argument of the book, set out in its introduction and exemplified in its discussion of individual dramatists and plays, is that western drama has represented the central tensions of societies as crises in the relationships of gender and generation, through dramatic explorations of the inner life of families. Since then the practice of psychoanalytic infant observation has grown rapidly.see url
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It remains a key training component for child psychotherapists at the Tavistock and elsewhere, but is now also a core requirement for child and adult psychoanalytic trainings at the Institute of Psychoanalysis , and for many other adult psychotherapy trainings. Infant observation is increasingly used as a training module in a wide range of professional trainings across the UK, parts of Europe and the USA.
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But modern child psychotherapy in the UK now has a presence across child and adolescent mental health services, social service departments, hospitals, schools, residential units and general practice settings. Many of them would probably be given mental health diagnoses today.
Contemporary child psychotherapists continue to offer therapy to children who have diagnoses, some of whom may also be receiving medication for conditions such as aspergers, autism, or attention deficit disorder. Young patients today also include those with a range of special needs, learning difficulties and developmental delay.
Child psychotherapists also work therapeutically with children and families suffering from extreme adverse events, including the legacy of sexual abuse, neglect and violence.
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