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Emanuel, L. (2006). A slow unfolding – at double speed: reflections on ways of working with parents and their young children within the Tavistock clinic's under fives service. J. Child Psychother., 32(1):66-84.
    

(2006). Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 32(1):66-84

A slow unfolding – at double speed: reflections on ways of working with parents and their young children within the Tavistock clinic's under fives service

Louise Emanuel

Abstract

This paper describes clinical work carried out as part of the Tavistock Clinic Under Fives Service, which offers brief focused psychoanalytically based interventions to families with young children, as well as longer-term work. It elaborates psychoanalyst Annette Watillon's idea that it is the dramatic way in which children enact their (and their family's) predicament in the consulting room which speeds up the process of change. The author clusters clinical cases into three categories, each cluster representing a different kind of ‘dramatic’ enactment and leading to a different kind of intervention relating to the therapist's role, the structure of the interventions and the ‘ports of entry’ for the work. The categories are defined as: ‘child-led drama’ with the therapist in the role of ‘therapeutic observer’; ‘internal parental drama’ with the therapist in the role of ‘therapeutic consultant’; and ‘external parental drama’ with the therapist in the role of ‘therapeutic modulator’. The author defines these categories, illustrating each category with clinical examples.

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