Psychotherapy with Medically Ill Children
by Gerald Koocher
Watch medical child therapist Gerald Koocher in an actual counseling session with a 5-year old girl who has a medical condition and a lot of worries. 
Many therapists feel overwhelmed with the prospect of helping children cope with physical illness. Learn from expert in the field Gerald Koocher as his warm relational stance and play therapy techniques allow children to share their experiences regarding their illnesses. In this video, watch as he maintains a developmental focus to build rapport with the young girl, and tests various hypotheses in an effort to identify the source of her emotional suffering. Afterwards, Dr. Koocher meets with the mother to develop a plan to address some of her child’s symptoms. Jon Carlson and Don Keat introduce Dr. Koocher, and facilitate an in-depth discussion of the further impact and uses of this approach.
In Depth
From watching this video, you will:

• Develop an understanding of the key concepts of therapy with medically ill children, including information gathering, relationship building, collaborating with parents and family members, and testing hypotheses.
• Gain insight into Gerald Koocher’s therapy style and how he uses the therapeutic relationship to obtain understanding of children’s internal experiences.
• Learn how to apply Dr. Koocher’s comprehensive approach to your own therapeutic work with medically ill children and their families.

Length of video: 1:46:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-094-5

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-094-1

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-095-3

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-095-8

Gerald Koocher, PhD is Professor and Dean of the School for Health Studies at Simmons College. He has served as President of the American Psychological Association, Chief of Psychology at Boston's Children's Hospital, and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. He has published more than 150 articles, book chapters and books, and is a frequent lecturer across the United States and abroad on topics of child adaptation to chronic and life-threatening illness, and coping with bereavement and loss.

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