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Manual of Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy for Children (RFP-C) with Externalizing Behaviors


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Table of Contents

Nick Midgley

Section 1: Introduction & Theoretical Background

Chapter 1: Introduction: Rationale for Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy for Children with Externalizing Behaviors (RFP-C)

Chapter 2: Basic Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Perspectives

Chapter 3: Defenses, Defense Mechanisms, or Coping Devices: An Experience-Near-Observable-Construct

Chapter 4: Affect, Emotion Regulation, and the Research Domain Criteria

Section 2: Practice Manual Chapter 5: Foreword to Practice Manual Chapter 6: Step 1, Introductory Meeting with the Parents Chapter 7: Step 1, Session 1 & 2: Initial Sessions with the Child Chapter 8: Step 1, Second Meeting with the Parents: Feedback Chapter 9: Step 2, Sessions 3-12: Addressing child's avoidance of disturbing thoughts and feelings Chapter 10: Step 2, Sessions 3-12:Examination of the clinician/patient relationship in the treatment of children Chapter 11: Step 2, Ongoing Parent Contact: Check-ins & Meetings Chapter 12: Step 3, Sessions 13-16: Termination Chapter 13: Conclusion Chapter 14: Appendices

About the Author

Leon Hoffman, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and is currently the director of the Pacella Parent Child Center at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and Chief Psychiatrist at West End Day School. Timothy Rice, MD, is assistant professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City. Tracy Prout, PhD, is assistant professor of psychology in the combined school-child clinical doctoral program at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. She is also in private practice working with children, adolescents, adults, and families.


This book gives readers a bird's eye view into the organized and focused thought processes of the experienced psychodynamic clinician in handling children with disruptive behavior disorders. As such, this is a novel book and a must-read for clinicians who work with children, as it provides a systematic, operationalized, comprehensive treatment approach that is radically different from the ubiquitous cognitive behavioral approach. It is essential that these core treatment techniques, articulated so well in this Manual, not get lost amid ever- narrowing treatments that are regularly imparted to clinicians who work with children. - Barbara Milrod, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, An expert in clinical trials in anxiety disorders in adults and children.

This book addresses one of the most important issues of our modern times - how do children and adolescents learn to regulate their emotions and behaviors. The intervention presented in this book has its basis in psychodynamic principles, especially defense mechanisms. It focuses on the emotional underpinnings of behavioral disruptions especially the avoidance of and reaction to painful emotions. There is meaning in the child's behaviors, emotions, and communications. The clinician learns to understand this and communicates that understanding to the child and parents. This is done in a systematic, manualized manner which enables the child to better tolerate and deal with the unpleasant emotions. This wedding of psychodynamic principles into a systematized, clear, and manualized approach is what makes this book so imaginative and modern in its approach to a very serious problem facing children, parents, mental health clinicians, and society. - John D O'Brien, MD, Clinical Professor, Training Director, Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

This book is of such scope it must be considered a magnum opus for the field of child clinical psychology and psychiatry. It is a unique blend of review of the most recent research on externalizing behavior in children, of the underlying neuroscientific features of the disorder and the most concise summary of psychoanalytic concepts related to the treatment of the disorder. There is no book quite like this one available. As a resource for teaching it is unique in its direct, and clear writing style which make so accessible the psychotherapeutic techniques necessary for treating these often challenging cases. The book is more than a manual on delivering Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy for Children with Externalizing Behaviors, it is a manual on treating children with difficulties in regulating their affect in general and therefore is a 'must have' for every child clinician. - Miriam Steele, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Director of Clinical Training, New School for Social Research, Author of "Clinical Applications of the Adult Attachment Interview" Routledge, 2008.

This is a timely, masterful, comprehensive contribution to the sparse literature on Externalizing Disorders (ODD or DD). The authors provide rich examples from their clinical experience which will be of great value to all who treat children with aggressive behavior disorders. A must for child psychotherapists who wish to treat externalizing behavior disorders effectively. The authors provide an incredibly creative procedure that incorporates basic principles of psychodynamic treatments with findings from the affective neurosciences, developmental, and cognitive psychology and yet goes beyond. RFT goes beyond CBT because it gets at the underlying emotional component, promotes maturation of emotional regulation and removes roadblocks to normal development. The authors get to the heart of the problem by highlighting the centrality of addressing painful emotions and maladaptive ways which children and adolescents have of avoiding and protecting themselves. Careful attention to how to approach such problems in an experience near way as well as how to work with parents makes this a most comprehensive treatment approach, including a termination and evaluative process that lead to the development of protective measures that are adaptive and life changing. - Wendy Olesker, PhD, Training and Supervising Analyst at NYPSI and on the Faculty at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

[This] manual is a must-read for experienced clinicans as well as novices to the profession. For many raders, it will provide a new therapeutic approach. For others, it will illuminate what might be expected as treatment unfold while, for other readers, it will challenge their current practice. RFP-C is an innovation certain to be empircally tested, discussed, and adapted to meet changing guidelines and attitudes... Considering all the achievements of the manual, not the least is the extension of psychoanalytic concepts to the design of a short-term intervention model... For the science of psychoanalysis RFP-C opens new doors for empirical exploration. - Saralea Chazan, PhD, Jouranl of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy

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