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Links: Building Attachments in the Preschool Classroom, Published in the Journal
of the American Psychoanalytic Association Aug 10, 2011
A psychoanalytic model of preschool consultation is presented, born of the
conviction that psychoanalysis has powerful tools with which to tackle some of
our most difficult and entrenched community problems. Since trauma is known to
impact our ability to think reflectively and symbolically (Fonagy, Moran, and
Target 1993), the clinical methods of psychoanalysisdrawing on the ideas
of container/contained, the capacity to hold alternate points of view, and the
capacity to reflect empathically (here with teachers in the face of their at times
harsh and insensitive treatment of students)are crucial to success in work
with cumulatively traumatized staff (Khan 1963). The strongest resistances to
consultation arise from an anti-attachment system developed as a result of cumulative
trauma and operating at multiple levels in the preschool. Consultation services
are organized around an understanding of this anti-attachment system. At various
levels of the system, including staff, parents, and children, consultants work
to facilitate secure relationships in the preschool setting. These relationships
foster recognition of childrens emotional complexities and build cooperative
links between staff and parents, in an atmosphere that otherwise might often push
adults into fearful, self-protective states that interfere with their contact
with childrens states of mind.
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against women by their male partners is widespread and infrequently identified
as a causal factor in multiple physical and psychological problems of female patients
in medical and psychiatric settings. Three main countertransferences that interfere
with accurate identification of battered women are described: (1) counter- identification,
(2)countertransference rage, and (3) countertransference helplessness. Battering
men and battered women are found in all levels of society, although younger, lower
income, less-educated men who have observed parental violence in their own home
are at higher risk of abusing their spouses. Additionally, antisocial personality
disorder, depression, and/or alcohol and drug abuse increase the risk of male
violence in the home. Contrary to popular belief, the husband-to-wife violence
is usually motivated by his need to control her rather than a result of his loss
of control. Battered women show no consistent prebattering risk markers, except
for a history of parental violence in their family of origin. Violence against
women by their male partners is a serious public health problem that has not been
adequately addressed by the medical and psychiatric professions. Myths and clinical
realities of battered women are described and detailed recommendations for clinical
inquiry and evaluation of level of danger are given.
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treatment of addiction is often ineffective because therapists fail to recognize
addiction as a discrete disorder. The author reviews psychoanalytic theories of
addiction and presents an alternative concept comprising biological, behavioral,
and psychological characteristics. She compares the structural similarities between
addiction and perversion and describes the use of the addictive substance as a
fetish object. Finally, she discusses the implications of psychoanalytically oriented
treatment and advocates a multimodal treatment approach.