Brief Psychotherapy with children in a specialist school: An exploration of the underlying issues for children and mainstream schools

Akhtar, Khuzuma (2015) Brief Psychotherapy with children in a specialist school: An exploration of the underlying issues for children and mainstream schools. Professional Doctorate thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust / University of East London. Full text available

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This thesis explores brief psychotherapy with children on placement at a specialist school setting, as part of an on-site, child psychotherapy outreach provision. The study sought to explore two research questions concerning the themes that could emerge in brief work with children and how these themes could be discussed in relation to the understanding formed by their mainstream school teachers. A qualitative research design was used to investigate these questions. The methods used to collect data were case studies, concerning the brief psychotherapy with 4 boys, aged 7 years, and and semi-structured interviews were conducted with the teachers. Thematic analysis was used to explore the data. The themes that were derived from the analysis were described in detail. The research found that brief work has considerable benefit for children and mainstream schools. Through the brief work intervention, the children all made significant progress in all areas of their lives a school. Contributions that the research makes to related fields, the implications that it has for policy and practice and recommendations for future research were all discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Additional Information: A thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements of the University of East London for the degree of Professional Doctorate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Child and Adolescent
Uncontrolled Keywords: Professional Doctorate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Child and Adolescent
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Psychotherapy
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2019 15:19
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2019 18:05
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1902

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