PSMA014 Psychotherapy of Children and Adolescents

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
Mgr. Milan Pilát (lecturer), PhDr. Zuzana Slováčková, Ph.D. (deputy)
prof. PhDr. Marek Blatný, DrSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Marek Blatný, DrSc.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jarmila Valchářová
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Active participation at lectures and seminars.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course provides essential theoretical information and introduces basic techniques from the field of child and adolescent psychotherapy. Instruction involves one lecture and one seminar each week. Whereas lectures are focused on general issues in child and adolescent psychotherapy, seminars focus on special techniques and topics related to the practice of child and adolescent psychotherapy.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, students will be able to:
- Understand and explain theoretical foundations of the field of psychotherapy of children and adolescents;
- Use practical experience with selected techniques from the field of psychotherapy of children and adolescents;
- Distinguish between general issues and specific approaches in psychotherapy of children and adolescents.
  • The content and structure of individual lectures may vary each semester depending on special situational and students’ needs. Here is an example of a typical course syllabus:
  • Introduction (psychotherapy vs. evidence-based medicine; YAVIS syndrome; interpersonal vs. intrapersonal context; differences between the psychotherapy of children and adults)
  • The purpose of psychotherapy
  • Stages of the therapeutic process
  • Catalysts (tools) of the psychotherapeutic process
  • Play therapy
  • Play techniques in selected therapeutic schools and approaches
  • Storytelling techniques
  • Family therapy
  • Unique characteristics of different historical and current psychotherapeutic approaches and schools focusing on psychotherapy of children, adolescents and families
  • Overview of theories of development in childhood and adolescence
  • Intellectual disabilities and children with psychotic symptoms
  • ADD, ADHD, and related disorders
  • Primarily somatic and psychosomatic disorders in children - possibilities and limits of psychotherapy
  • CAN syndrome and PTSD
  • Substance abuse and addictions among children and adolescents
  • In general, the course covers the following topics:
  • 1. Stages of psychotherapy
  • 2. Catalysts of change
  • 3. Family theories and family therapy
  • 4. Approaches based on developmental theories (Erikson, Duvall)
  • 5. General System Theory
  • 6. Psychodynamic theories (Freud, Wynne, Lidz)
  • 7. Structural theories (Minuchin)
  • 8. Functional theories (Bowen, Toman)
  • 9. Communication theories (Bateson, Jackson, Lederer, Haley, Satir)
    required literature
  • LANGMEIER, Josef, Karel BALCAR and Jan ŠPITZ. Dětská psychoterapie. 2. rozš. a přeprac. vyd. Praha: Portál, 2000. 431 s. ISBN 80-7178-381-1. info
    recommended literature
  • OAKLANDER, Violet. Třinácté komnaty dětské duše : tvořivá dětská psychoterapie v duchu Gestalt terapie. Edited by Martin Jára, Translated by Jiří Štěpo. Vyd. 1. Dobříš: Drvoštěp, 2003. 261 s. ISBN 8090330606. info
  • ŘÍČAN, Pavel. Dětská klinická psychologie [Říčan, 1991]. 1. vyd. Praha: Avicenum, 1991. 359 s. : i. info
    not specified
  • LANYADO, Monica and Ann HORNE. Psychoterapie dětí a dospívajících : psychoanalytický přístup. Translated by Lucie Lucká. V Praze: Triton, 2005. 681 s. ISBN 807254568X. info
  • BREMS, Christiane. Dětská psychoterapie a poradenství : komplexní průvodce. Translated by Barbara Ulrich. Vydání první. Praha: Stanislav Juhaňák - Triton, 2018. 526 stran. ISBN 9788075535108. info
  • ELLIOTT, Julian and Maurice PLACE. Dítě v nesnázích : prevence, příčiny, terapie. Translated by Jaroslava Kubátová - Jiří Štěpo. Vydání 1. Praha: Grada Publishing, 2002. 206 stran. ISBN 8024701820. info
  • VALENTA, Milan and Pavel HUMPOLÍČEK. Hra v terapii (Play in Therapy). Vydání první. Praha: Portál, 2017. 254 pp. ISBN 978-80-262-1190-7. URL info
  • HORT, Vladimír, Michal HRDLIČKA, Jana KOCOURKOVÁ and Eva MALÁ. Dětská a adolescentní psychiatrie. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2000. 492 s. ISBN 80-7178-472-9. info
  • PROCHASKA, James O. and John C. NORCROSS. Psychoterapeutické systémy : průřez teoriemi. Praha: Grada, 1999. 479 s. ISBN 8071697664. info
Teaching methods
Instruction includes interactive lectures largely drawing on the experience of a practicing child psychotherapist. Complementary seminars involve discussions or field trips to institutions providing psychotherapeutic services for children and adolescents.
Assessment methods
Instruction consists of 90 minutes of lecture or seminar each week. Lectures and seminars alternate each week. The course is completed with an oral exam.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2021, recent)
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