By John Woods
John Woods offers a theoretical process and functional feedback for psychological well-being practitioners operating therapeutically with kids who've abused. Drawing on his long-standing adventure, he has constructed an built-in thought that bridges the distance among latest cognitive behavioural and psychoanalytic ways. He exhibits how this person remedy version should be utilized in quite a number contexts together with residential settings, workforce and family members paintings, in addition to in person work.
In-depth case stories through the booklet show how exploring the individual's entire life-course inside of a psychoanalytic framework allows connections to be drawn among attainable early life abuse and next abusive behaviour. directions are awarded on operating with the issues of self-destructiveness, masochism and melancholy dealing with the younger abused/abuser and the impression of sexual abuse on sexuality, gender id and sexual orientation. this is often an instructive and thought-provoking textual content for all psychological future health practitioners and allied pros operating with youth who sexually offend.
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Only in psychoanalytic therapy can the question begin to emerge, and begin to be addressed: if the young person does not ‘own’ their body, then who does? GENDER ROLES It will be evident to readers of the clinical chapters of this book, as it will be to anyone working in the field, that the vast majority of perpetrators are male. In the various specialised settings where I have worked there have in fact been no such referrals of females. 6–7). It may also be that females choose different and less obvious ways to express their aggression.
There is little reflection on the internal world of the young abuser. Attempts at working with the young people get caught up in professional splits that are re-enactments of the dynamics of abusive families; therapists may become identified with the victim, and statutory agencies can take authoritarian or neglectful roles. These processes have been explored by Davies (ed) (1998). Again a comparison with the US shows that the combination of social and psychological problems that abusive adolescents portray has led to a greater interest in combined treatment and its research (Shevrin 1996).
Systems theory has addressed the context in which abuse takes place and develops. Arnon Bentovim has been in the forefront of the UK child abuse field for many years. His Trauma Organised Systems was revised in 1995 to incorporate ideas from the feminist movement and constructionist family therapy. An abusive act in this model is seen as one event in a network of PSYCHOTHERAPY IN A SYSTEMIC CONTEXT 31 interdependent elements, not as part of a simple cause-and-effect chain. Certain families take on a particular role in relation to a social matrix that gives permission, indeed exerts pressure on members of the family, to continue in abusive relationships.