Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 303–314 | Cite as

Child Psychotherapy Involving Physical Restraint: Techniques Used in Four Approaches

  • Jean Mercer

Abstract

This paper describes four forms of child psychotherapy that are unusual in their use of physical restraint as a therapeutic technique rather than simply as a safety procedure. Detailed information about these approaches was derived from published material, from training and parent education videotapes, and in one case from testimony in the trial of two practitioners following the death of a child during restraint. Caution in referring families to these types of therapies is advised, and it is suggested that parent education is important when families learn of restraint-oriented treatments through the Internet.

Physical Restraint Attachment Therapy Holding Therapy 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Mercer
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  1. 1.Division of Social and Behavioral SciencesRichard Stockton CollegePomona

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