A sense of therapeutic alliance is the core of this text, and the solid ground of all successful adolescent therapy. The text consists of three parts. At the core of all psychiatric treatment is the
therapeutic relationship with the patient. The process of developing an understanding of the adolescent, forming a working relationship or therapeutic alliance, managing the ongoing therapy and then constructively
dissolving the therapeutic contract, is the subject of part one. Specific diagnoses and special technical problems are discussed in part two. Part three covers special applications of therapy to the hospitalized patient.