This article discusses how solutions attempted in the psychiatric treatment of adolescents hospitalized in a crisis unit can lead to an understanding of the degree and complexity of factors that contribute to the violence that is often the hallmark of this clinical field. Here as elsewhere, the adolescent is exploring different levels of containment that are nested like Russian dolls: overall containment, local containment, and individual containment.
Adolescence, 2019, 37, 2, 233-245.
This article offers some insights about the establishment of a novel treatment setting for obese girls, which uses the mediation of the body and in which both individual and group issues were played out. This holistic approach combining the somatic and the psychic, emphasizes the way the group supports the containment function in these girls who present an unconscious image of a disordered body.
Adolescence, 2016, 34, 1, 151-166.
Using the model of the institution-as-group, this article points out a transformative process affecting individual and group psychic envelopes. The contingencies of the gradual internalization of the setting remind us that for some adolescents the work of differentiating borders and re-establishing a skin around thoughts must come before any focus on repressed content. The group’s self-reorganizing abilities support these changes.
Adolescence, 2016, 34, 1, 65-82.
This article discusses processes involved in articulating and evaluating a model of time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy for young people (TPP-A). Through the therapeutic focus on a significant area of developmental difficulty and/or disturbance, within a time-limited period, TPP-A aims to enable the young person to recover the capacity to meet developmental challenges and/or have this capacity strengthened. The article elaborates key aspects of the model and discusses an illustrative case.
Adolescence, 2011, T. 29 n°2, pp. 415-434.