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Goodman, G. Athey-Lloyd, L. (2011). Interaction structures between a child and two therapists in the psychodynamic treatment of a child with Asperger's disorder. J. Child Psychother., 37(3):311-326.

(2011). Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 37(3):311-326

Interaction structures between a child and two therapists in the psychodynamic treatment of a child with Asperger's disorder

Geoff Goodman and Laura Athey-Lloyd

Leading the charge to link intervention research with clinical practice is the development of process research, which involves a detailed analysis of specific therapeutic processes over the course of treatment. The delineation of interaction structures – repetitive patterns of interactions between patient and therapist over the course of treatment – can inform therapists of what may be expected from patients with particular patterns of symptoms or behaviours in their clinical practice and how interactions change over time. Using the Child Psychotherapy Q-Set, this study aims to compare the different interaction structures that emerged in the two-year psychotherapy of a six-year-old child conducted, for one year each, by two doctoral-student therapists in a university-based community mental health clinic. The study allows for exploration of the independent role of the therapist in the psychodynamic therapy of a child diagnosed with Asperger's disorder. The results suggest that four distinct interaction structures between child and therapist could be identified in this psychotherapy and that the interaction structures differed between the two therapists and also differed over time within each treatment. The implications of these findings for training and clinical practice are discussed.

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