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Title: Talking to the infant in psychoanalytic parent-infant psychotherapy : an exploration of therapy process
Author: Pennicott-Banks, Elaine
ISNI:       0000 0004 9359 7159
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2020
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This study examines how the aims and principles of psychoanalytic parent-infant psychotherapy (PPIP) are translated into the words used by the therapist to address the infant in the specific modality of parent-infant psychotherapy treatment (PIP) developed at the Anna Freud Centre. Literature Review. The literature review appraises different modalities of PPIP. It looks at the similarities in their theoretical and treatment frameworks and shows how the way in which the infant is understood in these different frameworks produces a differences in theory and technique. Empirical Paper. The empirical study is a naturalistic observational study of the therapist’s talk when in direct communication with the infant. The aim is to deepen our understanding of the what the therapist actually says and does in a therapy session. The results show that the therapist talks for a significant amount of time directly to the baby, and on a specific number of themes. Even though this is small single case study the findings contribute to our understanding of what therapists do in therapy. Reflective Commentary. The reflective commentary considers the process of engaging with doctoral research around a pre-verbal infant in treatment. It reflects on the personal experience of doing the research and considers how this experience has contributed to my development as a researcher and a child and adolescent psychotherapist.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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