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Attachment-Based Clinical Work with Children and Adolescents

Bettmann, Joanna Ellen, Demetri Friedman, Donna (Eds.)

2013, VIII, 287 p.

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  • Provides a social justice focus on diverse and marginalized populations
  • Examines evidence-based modes of practice
  • Presents contributions of social work to attachment theory
  • Illustrates applications with a variety of case vignettes

It is hard to imagine child psychology without the work of John Bowlby: his insights into children’s relational experience have left a major impact across the mental health professions. But of all these fields, clinical work with children—which deals so much with the consequences of faulty attachment—seems to have the most affinity with Bowlby’s observations.

Attachment-Based Clinical Work with Children and Adolescents assembles current theory and findings on attachment, applies them to clinical work with diverse youth populations, and offers valid ideas for building an attachment framework in practice. This volume covers the spectrum of attachment-oriented practice throughout the country with infants, toddlers, grade-schoolers, and teens in individual, family (including adoptive and foster families), and group settings. The novel interventions illustrated here, with their therapeutic and training implications, show attachment-oriented clinical work as evolving, relevant, open to multidisciplinary collaboration, and highly effective in repairing relationship damage in vulnerable youngsters. A sampling of the coverage:

  • How mother-infant research informs attachment-based clinical practice.
  • Using modern attachment theory to guide clinical assessment of early attachment relationships.
  • An attachment-based video intervention in a community mental health center.
  • The essential role of the body in the parent-infant relationship.
  • Peer-play psychotherapy enhancing development among young children.
  • Implementing attachment theory in the child welfare system.

Attachment-Based Clinical Work with Children and Adolescents is a groundbreaking resource for mental health professionals, academicians, and graduate students.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Adolescence - Attachment Theory - Attachment Theory in the Child Welfare System - Attachment-based Clinical Practice - Child development - Clinical social work - Community Mental Health - EBP - Early attachment relationships - Education policy - Evidence-based practice - Group Attachment-Based Intervention - John Bowlby - Mother-infant research - Nonverbal Analysis - Parent-infant relationship - Separation-individuation theory - Social Justice in Social Work - Social work education - Social work practice

Related subjects » Child & School Psychology - Social Policy / Labor / Population Economics - Social Sciences

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