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Green, V. Hurley, A. (2010). Editorial. J. Child Psychother., 36(3):209-210.

(2010). Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 36(3):209-210



Viviane Green and Anne Hurley

This is a general edition of the Journal which reflects the theoretical interests of child psychotherapists. There is an original enlightening contribution from Anne Alvarez that re-claims sexuality as a key consideration in the work of child psychotherapists, as well as articles from Judith Mitrani and Graham Shulman which in turn explore new developments in neuroscience and chaos theory and their potential intersection with existing psychoanalytic ideas. The article by Claudia McLoughlin is an example of advancing a new model of psychoanalytic work outside the clinic setting and this together with the clinical commentary which features a six-year-old boy with a complicated background of disrupted care, testifies to the technical challenges faced by child psychotherapists in current practice.

Anne Alvarez's thought provoking paper, presented at the 2010 ACP conference, ‘Keeping the body in mind’, makes a lively and detailed plea for child psychotherapists to re-consider sexuality in the transference and countertransference. The need to reinstate the psychosexual aspects of psychoanalysis has recently been deemed important by a number of authors fearing that the recent emphasis on attachment and the real needs of developing infants seen through the eyes of child developmentalist research has perhaps obscured or under privileged psychosexuality. Alvarez's introduction reminds us of Freud's theories, the place of sexuality and aspects of sexuality which were perhaps missed; an affectionate, passionate drive, in the service of attachment and object relating: a precursor, Alvarez suggests to later adult sexuality.

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