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Changing perceptions of the child psychotherapists’ role: tensions and dilemmas amongst child psychotherapists consulting to the professional network around looked after children

Robinson, F; Luyten, P; Midgley, N; (2019) Changing perceptions of the child psychotherapists’ role: tensions and dilemmas amongst child psychotherapists consulting to the professional network around looked after children. Journal of Social Work Practice (In press).

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Abstract

Background: Consultation with the network around a child is a core aspect of a child psychotherapist’s role, however little has been written about this aspect of their work with looked after children . Aims: To gain an understanding of child psychotherapists’ work with the network around looked after children, in particular, how they understand this work, and what they see as specific to the psychoanalytic approach. Methods: Nine participants with expertise in working with foster carers and looked after children’s professionals, participated in in-depth interviews. Results: Thematic analysis identified three themes concerned with the tensions child psychotherapists hold within themselves whilst consulting to the network around looked after children. The first theme encapsulates participants’ sense of dilemma between what they felt was demanded of them versus what they felt they could offer. The second theme describes participants’ sense of tensions around the way the system is organised versus what they felt may be in the best interests of the child and network. The third theme captures participants’ views about whether their consultant role fits a generic model of reflective practice similar to what is offered by professionals from other disciplines, or whether the psychoanalytic approach brings something distinctive to this model of consultation. Links to existing theory and implications for practice are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Changing perceptions of the child psychotherapists’ role: tensions and dilemmas amongst child psychotherapists consulting to the professional network around looked after children
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Child psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Looked after children, Professional networks, Foster carers, Consultation, Reflective practice
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073744
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