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Working with Parents Makes Therapy Work

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A comprehensive, reader friendly and exceptionally informative guide for properly identifying and contributing to a healthy parent-child relationship for the potential and long-lasting benefit of the child in a therapeutic pursuit. Supplying an expansively illustrative content of examples, studies, in-depth detailing, Working with Parents Makes Therapy Work covers diverse but common situations. Vitally important reading for counselors and psychotherapists working with families in clinical settings, Working with Parents Makes Therapy Work is also very highly recommended for the struggling parents of struggling children and teens for its invaluable and accessible contribution of helpful insights and general content. (The Bookwatch)

Working With Parents Makes Therapy Work is a rare book. It is a book on a subject that is almost never written about in psychoanalysis. This is also a rare book for another reason: while it makes no extravagant claims, it quietly turns the traditional way of thinking about parent work in child analysis on its head. For this reason especially, all child analysts should read it and consider its message. This book has an interesting mix of practical advice and theoretical ideas. It is useful for clinicians at all levels of experience. A new and thoughtful look at how we work with the families of the children we treat is most refreshing and long overdue. This view is especially relevant since it is based on years of clinical practice by two excellent clinicians.. (Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association)

For far too long parents have been denied their rightful place as partners in therapeutic work on behalf of their children. The Novicks advocate unequivocally for their inclusion when working with children of every age and in every phase of development. There is much to be learned from their model and the many clinical illustrations they provide in this invaluable contribution to a neglected area of practice. (Denia Barrett, Editor, Child Analysis: Clinical, Theoretical, and Applied)

Working with Parents Makes Therapy Work by Kerry and Jack Novick is an extraordinarily important contribution. Their work effectively counters the decades-old resistance to caring work with parents by child and adolescent psychoanalysts and psychotherapists. Their work underscores the inevitable ongoing interaction between parent functioning and child development. (Leon Hoffman M.D.)

The book is a highly practical treatise on techniques to involve parents meaningfully in their child's therapy. (Elissa P. Benedek M.D., author of How to Help Your Child Overcome Your Divorce Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic: A Journal for the Mental Health Professions, Vol. 71, No. 4 (Fall 2007))

In Working with Parents Makes Therapy Work, psychoanalysts Jack and Kerry Kelly Novick offer a theoretically rigorous yet highly practical and intuitively appealing framework for involving parents meaningfully in their children's therapy. One of this volume's many strengths lies in its use of numerous salient and well-crafted clinical illustrations derived from the authors' extensive clinical and supervisory experience. It also offers further elaboration and new applications of the Novicks' earlier research on the "two-systems" model. Indeed, because the work is so well written, one nearly loses sight of the fact that it represents a bold new vision of the role of parents in the psychoanalytic treatment of child and adolescent patients. (Jerrold R. Brandell, Ph.D., Wayne State University School of Social Work; author of Psychodynamic Social Work)

Working With Parents Makes Therapy Work is a rare book. It is a book on a subject that is almost never written about in psychoanalysis. This is also a rare book for another reason: while it makes no extravagant claims, it quietly turns the traditional way of thinking about parent work in child analysis on its head. For this reason especially, all child analysts should read it and consider its message.This book has an interesting mix of practical advice and theoretical ideas. It is useful for clinicians at all levels of experience. A new and thoughtful look at how we work with the families of the children we treat is most refreshing and long overdue. This view is especially relevant since it is based on years of clinical practice by two excellent clinicians. (Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association)

This book represents a turning point in our child psychiatry practice which legitimizes a shift that many of us have adopted clinically several years ago. It should be read, discussed and improved upon by all child and adolescent practictioners. (2008, Vol 17 No. 2, pp97-99 Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

The Novicks have offered us a significant volume....This book is an important addition to the literature and can be a resource for child therapists at all levels of experience. (Psychologist - Psychoanalyst, Fall 2008)

About the Author

Kerry Kelly Novick and Jack Novick are child, adolescent, and adult psychoanalysts on the faculty of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. They have been working with children and families for 35 years and joined other colleagues to found a non-profit psychoanalytic school, Allen Creek Preschool, in Ann Arbor. Both Jack and Kerry Novick have written extensively. Their first book, Fearful Symmetry: The Development and Treatment of Sadomasochism, appeared in 1996.
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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc. (March 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765701073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765701077
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.7 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Working With Parents Makes Therapy Work, by Kerry Kelly Novick and Jack Novick (both of whom are Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychoanalysts on the faculty of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute) is a comprehensive, "reader friendly" and exceptionally informative guide for properly identifying and contributing to a healthy parent-child relationship for the potential and long-lasting benefit of the child in a therapeutical pursuit. Supplying an expansively illustrative content of examples, studies, in-depth detailing, Working With Parents Makes Therapy Work covers diverse but common situations with fathers, divorcees', various family structures, communication modes, family secrets and loyalty ideals, and provides germane discussions on the value of a parent's involvement of their teen's life. Vitally important reading for counselors and psychotherapists working with families in clinical settings, Working With Parents Makes Therapy Work is also very highly recommended for the struggling parents of struggling children and teens for its invaluable and accessible contribution of helpful insights and general content.
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As I am sure most psychodynamically trained child/adolescent therapist clinicians will agree, this is extremely helpful and possibly the authority on working with parents. A must-have in my opinion.
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The Novicks have written in clear, interesting concepts some important aspects of supporting families and helping individuals make changes. I am sure clients as well as therapists will agree that the philosophies presented are just what the mental health field needs.
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