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Harris, M. (1971). The Place of Once-Weekly Treatment in the Work of an Analytically Trained Child Psychotherapist. J. Child Psychother., 3(1):31-39.

(1971). Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 3(1):31-39

The Place of Once-Weekly Treatment in the Work of an Analytically Trained Child Psychotherapist

Martha Harris

This brief paper reintroduces a topic which was the focus of the Association's very first study weekend eleven years ago, one with which those of us who work in clinics are continually occupied, and about which after those years of experience we may be in a better position to ask the relevant questions, and to make a few tentative generalisations.

I would first of all like to consider some of the anxieties that it tends to arouse in the therapist whose own personal analysis was a more intensive experience and who received a training largely based on cases who were receiving the same kind of intensive treatment. I would then like to consider some of the real differences and difficulties attendant upon the less intensive arrangement of sessions; possible goals; methods of selecting cases; the value and the dangers of teamwork. I would then like to mention situations where modification of the analytic technique of interpretation within the transference may seem to be more appropriate. Finally, I would like to take a glance at the relevance of our training for this once-weekly work, and at the place which it may usefully occupy within the timetable of the individual therapist.

Anxieties Aroused in the Therapist by Once-Weekly Treatment

There is often the guilty feeling that we should be giving this child more for his need is great. Perhaps we are still in full analysis ourselves; at any rate we have had in the past a more leisurely opportunity to come to grips with our own problems in living.

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