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Adult psychotherapy and child and family psychiatry: Ten years of working together for parents and infants

  • Sheena Pollet (a1), Margaret Bamforth (a2) and Gloria Collins (a3)
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Aims and Methods

This paper describes a 10-year alliance between an adult psychotherapy service and a child and adolescent mental health service to bring psychotherapeutically-informed help to families in difficulties early in the lives of their children.

Results

It outlines staff training, the development of the unit into a significant training resource, the unit's underlying philosophy, its therapies and the key inter-relationships between teams and with health visitors to enable mutual teaming and the rapid access of families to assessment and treatment of the parent-child relationship.

Clinical Implications

Funding, future plans and the preventive and economic implications of such work are mentioned.

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Adult psychotherapy and child and family psychiatry: Ten years of working together for parents and infants

  • Sheena Pollet (a1), Margaret Bamforth (a2) and Gloria Collins (a3)
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