Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 229–244 | Cite as

Some Risk Factors in the Psychotherapy of Children and Families: Well-Established Techniques That Can Put Some Clients at Risk

  • John B. Mordock


Based on the experience of a sample of professionals who completed a brief questionnaire, on the author's own clinical experience, and on a literature review cases are presented where selected therapeutic practices in child mental health produced negative outcomes and, therefore, place some clients at risk. These practices are: empathy, efforts to restructure the family, efforts to change disciplinary practices, and structuring for disclosure. In addition, while not a process variable, client perceptions of therapy can exacerbate problems. Clinicians can use these findings to enhance their consent to treat interactions with clients.

Risk Factors Consent to Treat Negative Outcomes Treatment Failure Children's Treatment 


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