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[ FORM 15 —Use the top of this page for your letterhead.] Agreement for Parents Psychotherapy can be a very important resource for children of separation and divorce. Establishing a therapeutic alli- ance outside of the home can: n Facilitate open and appropriate expression of the strong feelings which routinely accompany family transitions, including guilt, grief, sadness and anger. n Provide an emotionally neutral setting in which children can explore these feelings. n Help children understand and accept the new family composition and the plans for contact with each member of the family. n Offer feedback and recommendations to a child’s caregivers based on knowledge of the child’s specific emo- tional needs and developmental capacities. However, the usefulness of such therapy is extremely limited when the therapy itself becomes simply another mat- ter of dispute between parents. With this in mind, and in order to best help your child, I strongly recommend that each of the child’s caregivers (e.g., parents, stepparents, daycare workers, guardian ad litem [GAL], etc.) mutually accept the following as requisites for the child’s participation in therapy. 1. As your child’s psychotherapist, it is my primary responsibility to respond to your child’s emotional needs.
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This note was uploaded on 07/01/2010 for the course COUN 6682 A and taught by Professor All during the Spring '10 term at Walden University.

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