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(p. 349) First Interview with Child May Start Resumption of Maturation 

(p. 349) First Interview with Child May Start Resumption of Maturation
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(p. 349) First Interview with Child May Start Resumption of Maturation
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271404.003.0065
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date: 26 October 2020

This short statement is a report of a lecture by Winnicott to the American Association of Psychiatric Clinics for Children on using the first therapeutic interview with children and how these interviews may enable maturation to re-start. He suggests that if the interview enables a development (halted for various reasons) to restart, the family relationships can take over the normal work for the child. The tendency to maturity, the facilitating environment, and the movement towards health in most children is suggested. Winnicott says that although psychoanalysis and a single psychotherapeutic interview are very different technical processes, they can be complementary in the various changes they may bring about.

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