Treating Personality Disorders in Children and Adolescents

A Relational Approach

Efrain Bleiberg

September 17, 2001
ISBN 9781572306981
Price: $92.00
348 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"
February 10, 2004
ISBN 9781593850180
Price: $42.00
348 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"

“A feast of ideas and possibilities....Any therapist who works with children with serious problems...will be enriched by reading it.”

Psychologist-Psychoanalyst APA Division 39 Newsletter

“This excellent book provides insight into the formation of personality disorders in children. It is useful for the clinician, providing techniques to use in therapy to help the child or adolescent develop meaningful relationships.”

Doody's Electronic Journal

“Bleiberg has produced a brilliant, comprehensive, and genuinely innovative work. Presenting an integrated framework for treatment of a complex population of young people, this book retains the most important aspects of the old while presenting exhilarating new perspectives and powerful technical innovations. It offers a rare combination of originality, breadth, conceptual coherence, and clinical wisdom. An immensely valuable and lasting contribution.”

—Peter Fonagy, PhD, FBA, University of London and The Menninger Clinic

“Drawing on the clinical wisdom of psychoanalysis, and blending it with current progress in developmental science, this book reminds us that personality can become disordered at a very early age, with devastating consequences. Treatment requires the skillful blending of a multiplicity of intervention approaches, centered on the therapeutic relationship. This book demonstrates—in the best Menninger tradition—how we can approach such problems effectively from a modern developmental perspective.”

—Hans Steiner, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine

“This rewarding text offers practical strategies for clinical work with children and adolescents imprisoned by severe personality disturbances. Bleiberg provides a unique synthesis and application of current thinking about development and interpersonal relationships, incorporating attachment research as well as exciting recent neurobiological findings. In doing so, he lays the foundations for psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological interventions that can help young people achieve a more reflective and interpersonally rewarding way of living. The book is comprehensive in its discussion of the phases of treatment, and offers insightful perspectives on crucial countertransference issues. Bleiberg has made an important contribution to theory and practice. I highly recommend this book.”

—Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Department of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine