An exploration of some aspects of therapeutic work with children

by Li, Chin-keung

Abstract (Summary)
(Uncorrected OCR) Abstract oi' thesis ontitlod: AN EXPLORATION OP SOHW ASPECTS OP TliEKAPEUTlC TOM WITH CHILlHltt. Submitted b.y : LI Uhtn-Keung, B.Soc.Sc, K.Phil. (U.K..) tor the decree of ; Master of Social Sciences in the field of Clinical Psychology at the University of Hong Kong in July 1901 The E^se&roil of which this thesis is a report grew out of the author's experiences of working with children as a clinical psychologist-in-training. It started with the query of the propriety for the psychologist to undertake psychological treatment of children who did not present themselves voluntarily, but wore brought Bu some adults (parentst teachers, etc). The first chapter of this uiesis diaciuased, beginning with the summaries of two case exarrmies, the questions arising from these encounters wlt.h non-voluntary child clients. The brief s-mrvey of several psychologists, Freud, Guv. i; rip and Rogers, led to the conclusion that they assumed the psychotherapeutic relationshJ n to be a joint venture, formed by the voluntary choice of both the psychologist and the c Lieut,, On the other1 hand, however, a review of the work of Axline and Wiunieott showed that therapeutic work with nun-voluntary child clic-pLS were possible. In the esse of Winnicoti a single consultation I was often sufficient for him to induce a therapeutic ifiovetnent in the child. Comparing these two viewpoints and the work of trie psychologist in Hong Kong, the auti or decided to conduct an investigation on whether V.'innieo tt' s framework was ;-pplicahle in the Local setting. The first chapter closes with a discussion of the three research Questions which would p;ude :;he investigation. They concern the relationship between the psychologist and the child in a diagnostic interview, how the child perceived the experience Land whether therapeutic movements occurred in these encounters. I The second chapter gives a description of Lhe clinical setting in which the investigation was carried out. The work of the psychologist, spec:' Tically tho psyehologist-in-training, is discussed, with reference to the established framework of clinical practice in Hong Kong. From there, L L L the discussion moves on to the methodology adopted foi' the research, It is emphasized that the research was a clinical one in that the standard clinical procedures would be closely adhered to during the empirical part of the project. The research would consist of a critical reflection on what happened during the interview, with the help of tape-recordings of the session as well an the test protocols produced by the child. Then. Chapter 3 presents the ten case's that the author dealt with in the five-week period of practical work. The author tried to yive as accurate a descriptive summary as possible of each G&SS. The summaries constituted the data pool for oho subsequent discussions. The following two chapters, 4 and 5, attempt a discussion of the data from two d 1 f f e rent, yet re la t ed an," 1 e a. Q h'< I t> te r A ": o o ks a t how the various parties involved in a base perceived the diagnostic interview, and how fcjfog-e jfl-?er?it perceptions and ex pec tatious influenced the progress of the interview, The next chapter discusses the central nuestion of the investigation - the relationship botween^psyehologist and the child in grufih a clinical encounter. The conclusion is, even when a child client does not initiate the visit to the psychologist, a meaningful relationshiu may be established, and theiapeutic movements may occur, though not in ail cases. In the final chapter, the author looks back over these five weeks of work, and attempts to discuss several Issues arising from a critical reflection of !..; clinical activities. Among these issues, the wost important is the place of individual clinical work in a context of a sociological understanding of the social realities. The author raises a number of questions, some of which were directpd to the practice of clinics J ehiid psychology itself. Ko final answers can be offered since this is hut the end of the beginning of a more critical attitude in clinical work - the asking of questions about fundamental assumptions which have been taken for granted for too long. b Cj . iv
Bibliographical Information:


School:The University of Hong Kong

School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:child psychotherapy


Date of Publication:01/01/1981

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