What can be learned from comparing a child's psychotherapist's experience of children in a children's psychotherapy group with the narrative accounts of foster carers describing the same children in their care?

Chester, Christine (2015) What can be learned from comparing a child's psychotherapist's experience of children in a children's psychotherapy group with the narrative accounts of foster carers describing the same children in their care? Professional Doctorate thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Full text available

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This research project explores a child psychotherapist’s experience of a children’s psychotherapy group with five, infant school age, ‘looked after children’ with early experiences of neglect, trauma and disruption. These children have experiences of multiple placements either in their family of origin or since coming into care. They are all in transition awaiting decisions about future adoptive or long-term foster placements. The research project considers the experiences of both the children and their foster carers. It asks what can be learned from comparing a child psychotherapist’s experience of the children in a children’s psychotherapy group with the narrative accounts of foster carers describing the same children in their care? With this question in mind, the research project uses a ten-week children’s psychotherapy group and semi-structured interviews with the children’s foster carers to examine the relationships these children form within the group and with their foster carers. The research project aims to capture the emotional experience of being with young ‘looked after children’, living in foster care and awaiting decisions regarding placement and the prospect of yet further placement moves. The study reflects on whether gathering information on the foster carer’s experience would be useful in planning future support for both the children and their foster carers. Do these comparisons provide valuable information that helps facilitate decision-making within the professional networks maintaining both the children and their foster carers?

Item Type: Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Additional Information: A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University of East London in collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust for the Professional Doctorate in Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Uncontrolled Keywords: M80, M80NT, Children’s Psychotherapy Groups, Foster Carers, Disruption, Early Trauma, Looked After Children, Multiple Placements, Semi -Structured Interviews
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Psychotherapy
Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adoption & Fostering- Psychology
Couple & Family Therapies > Narrative Therapy
Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2016 14:46
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2017 13:39
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1170

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