“I just thought I'm doing something wrong if she needs therapy”: A grandmother's experience

Serlin, Mel (2021) “I just thought I'm doing something wrong if she needs therapy”: A grandmother's experience. In: Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in Primary Schools: Tavistock Approaches. Tavistock Clinic Series . Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 106-127. ISBN 9781032023182

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In this chapter, the complexities of grandparental kinship care are explored and the perspective of one grandmother is presented, who sought therapeutic help for her granddaughter through her primary school. In this case, the school were able to provide child psychotherapy sessions on-site for those children and families who needed this type of support, through their partnership with a local charity. The details of this family’s circumstances and the therapeutic intervention provided, were gathered through individual interviews with the grandmother, the school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and the child’s therapist, as part of a doctoral research study investigating the experiences of children in kinship care. Through their contributions and perspectives, it is hoped this will help to highlight the value of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children living in kinship care, and the benefits of this being available within schools, where carers may feel more willing and able to access external support.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Psychotherapy
Families > Families - Psychology
Learning & Education > Learning & Education in Psychology
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
URI: https://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2508

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