The adult is parent to the child
Transactional analysis with young people
Edited by Keith Tudor

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Transactional analysis (TA) is a well-established and evolving way of understanding what happens between and within people. Comprehensive and helpful, this volume:
  • shows how TA can be used with children and young people across a range of settings
  • brings a contemporary view of TA to those who specialise in its use, in ways that will be especially useful for those working with this specific population
  • explains the possibilities of TA to a wider audience, including parents, educators, health care professionals and others whose work focuses on the lives, well-being, care and treatment of children and young people.

  • A very useful introduction presents TA in ways that allow anyone who works with children and young people to see how TA can assist both their own work and work they do in partnership with therapists. It acts as a reference point for the book as a whole. It covers fundamental concepts - ego states (which describe personality), transactions (which offer a way of thinking about relationships), games (how people confirm relational patterns), scripts (how people create identity) - and introduces two others that are of particular relevance to working with children: a model for systemic assessment, and a note on contracts and contracting. The adult is parent to the child then goes on to show how the child or young person cannot be understood outside of the context of their environment, provides a range of opportunities to consider the role of TA in therapeutic practice with them, and explores and explains continuing developments in various elements of TA theory.

    Drawing on contributions from experienced practitioners in all fields of TA - educators, psychotherapists, and organisational consultants - this book provides the most current and comprehensive account of the state of both the art and the science of TA with children and young people. It locates TA's therapeutic, educational and organisational work with them firmly on the map of current practice. It not only offers core reading for TA courses, it also provides enrichment for all other courses that train other professionals who work with children and young people.

    The adult is parent to the child is comprehensive and rewarding. Its detailed introduction and 19 wide-ranging chapters are backed up by: · full references · a wealth of diagrams, tables and charts · bibliographies · guidance notes · assessment sheets · documents from the UK Council for Psychotherapy · subject and author indexes.

    Large format paperback. 304 pages. 978-1-905541-17-1. Published 2007. £34.95


    Everyone involved in therapeutic work with children and young people, including those who work with them in other ways before, during and after therapeutic interventions. This includes: child therapists, other psychologists and counsellors, social workers, residential care workers, fostering and adoption teams, youth justice workers.


    Keith Tudor
    is a qualified social worker, a qualified and registered psychotherapist, group psychotherapist and facilitator. He is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and an Honorary Fellow in the School of Health, Liverpool John Moores University.


    Introduction Keith Tudor
    Introduction to TA Graeme Summers and Keith Tudor
    There's no such thing as a child: children and young people in context
    Building the virtual village: working with the social environment Trudi Newton
    Working with children and parents Diane Hoyer and Laura Hyatt
    Context counts: working with young muslim men in a post 9/11 world Pete Shotton
    Child protection Mica Douglas and Keith Tudor
    Milieu therapy: the development of transactional analysis with the young people and staff of a social services establishment Anita Mountain
    Therapeutic practice with children and young people
    Transactional analysis psychotherapy with the individual child Keith Tudor
    The first meeting Dolores Munari Poda
    Attachment, separation and loss Kath Dentith and Jean Lancashire
    Working with adolescents Mark Widdowson
    Working therapeutically with children and parents Diane Hoyer and Laura Hyatt
    On becoming a child psychotherapist Mica Douglas
    Creative play therapy with children and young people Roger Day
    Theory and research: fields and developments
    …and they're OK Chris Davidson
    The 12th fairy: narrative, script and TA Marie Naughton
    Permission, protection, and mentorship: their roles in psychological resilience and positive emotions Jim Allen
    Functional fluency Susannah Temple
    TA and child psychotherapy: a new methodology Maria Assunta Giusti
    The search for self: playing with theory Paul Kellett
    TA books on working with children: an annotated bibliography Keith Tudor
    TA articles on working with children: an annotated bibliography Roger Day and Keith Tudor
    Positive parenting strategy and guidance notes Diane Hoyer
    TA assessment sheets Anita Mountain
    UKCP documents: 1.Psychotherapy with children: principles, aims, guidelines for training. 2. Ethics. 3. The humanistic and integrative section's requirements for humanistic/Integrative child psychotherapy training.