This book applies psychoanalytic insight to work with children and adolescents in a changing, often traumatic, world.

Each chapter considers how psychoanalysis can develop and be developed, assessing how in the modern world, psychological disturbance and psychological trauma is manifest in new, unfamiliar ways. From new and different social and technological realities, to the internet, and new sexual discourse, each chapter explores how the analyst can hold onto fundamental psychoanalytic understandings of mental functioning, address the young patient’s or family’s need for containment, while respecting the importance of drives, the varieties of psychosexuality, and the powerful impact of anxiety on psychological development. In relation to children, these authors disclose the potential destructiveness of impingements from adults on a precious, vulnerable development.

This collection is essential reading for all psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists, as well as other health and educational professionals working with children and adolescents.

Foreword  Introduction  Part 1: New Frontiers, Diagnostic, Theoretical and Technical Challenges  Introduction  1. Early Intervention for Toddlers at Risk of Autism: Theorisation, Controversies, Convergences  2. The Role of Early Anxieties when Emerging from Autistic Pathological Organisations: The Dilemma of Cure  3. Questions of Origins and Identity in Today's Children  4. Patient(s) in Parent-Infant Psychotherapy  Part 2: Children on the Edge: Domestic and Social Violence, Abuse and Deprivation  Introduction  5. Cassie: From Violent Eruption to Gathering Thoughts  6. The Child Analyst as a 'New Developmental Object' to a Developmentally Delayed Young Child  7. Psychoanalytic Intimacy as an Alternative to Psychic Suffering for Children on the Edge  Part 3: New Realities, New Challenges  Introduction  8. New Challenges for Adolescence: the Virtual World and the Gendered Body  9. Child Analysis 2.0: Jonah and the Internet  10. Enforced Virtuality: An Unavoidable Dialogue with some Basics of Communication within Child Psychotherapy/Analysis  11. Primitive Anxieties about Intrusions: Imaginative Conjectures about "no Entry" Defences and Covid-19