Essential Clinical Social Work Series

Adult Attachment in Clinical Social Work

Practice, Research, and Policy

Editors: Bennett, Susanne, Nelson, Judith Kay (Eds.)

  • Draws clinical examples from the multicultural, diverse, and marginalized adult populations
  • Features previously unpublished historical information
  • Includes a synthesis of the most recent research in the field on affect regulation
  • Examines empirically based modes of practice that incorporate an attachment perspective
  • Chapters include study questions, concept definitions, and class exercises for professors who wish to use the volume as a textbook
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About this book

As John Bowlby’s studies of human attachment revolutionized developmental psychology in the 1960s, adult attachment concepts have similarly transformed social work in recent years, leading to a generation of innovative attachment-based clinical practice. Adult Attachment in Clinical Social Work highlights social work’s contributions to attachment theory and research and the potential of these contributions to enhance clinical practice, inform social policy, and further empirical investigations.

Designed for readers new to adult attachment, as well as those familiar with it, this book examines the current state of the field, reviewing assessment measures and research methods, summarizing new findings and ongoing controversies, and clarifying terms toward a common language. Clinical applications in individual, family, and group contexts are featured, with case examples from various populations and settings demonstrating the practical utility of the theory and its application to cross-cultural treatment. Later chapters move beyond discrete cases to attachment issues that impact society as a whole (e.g., adoption, elder care) and training issues that affect future generations of clinicians. Among the topics covered:

•Separation, loss, and grief in adults •The impact of neurobiology on affect regulation •Applications of attachment concepts to interventions with at-risk families of young children, adolescents, and elder adults •Clinical approaches for hard-to-reach individual clients and adults in group settings •The function of attachment in both familial and professional caregiving •Policy implications of adult attachment relevant to family preservation

Adult Attachment in Clinical Social Work is an essential text, breaking new ground in the attachment literature with immediate relevance for professionals and scholars in clinical social work and related mental health professions.

About the authors

Susanne Bennett, MSW, PhD, is Associate Professor at National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC. Her teaching in the MSW and PhD programs includes a course titled Attachment and neurobiology: Implications for social work practice and policy. She has published over a dozen articles on attachment processes, and her research focuses on the examination of attachment in caregiving relationships, particularly in social work supervision, elder care, and adoptive families. Dr. Bennett is a Distinguished Social Work Scholar in the National Academy of Practice and has maintained a psychotherapy practice for over 30 years.

Judith Kay Nelson, MSW, PhD, is on the faculty of The Sanville Institute for Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy, a Ph.D. program in California, where she teaches attachment and the neurobiology of attachment. She has been in private practice for 35 years, specializing in long-term psychotherapy. She has spent many years studying, writing, teaching, and presenting throughout the United States and Europe on topics related to crying, laughter, and attachment. She is the author of Seeing through tears: Crying and attachment, published by Routledge in 2005, and numerous articles and chapters on crying, laughter, and attachment. She is currently working on a new book, What made Freud laugh? An attachment perspective on laughter. Dr. Nelson is a Distinguish Social Work Practitioner in the National Academy of Practice.

Reviews

"This is a great, original book--clear, well-written, nuanced, and sophisticated. I loved the neurobiology and research summaries and the wonderful point the book makes and remakes: that one is not stuck in one's attachment style for life! Susanne Bennett and Judith Nelson have creatively and successfully synthesized attachment theory and research and applied it to practice, teaching, social problems, and social policies. A pioneering book, it is a "must read" for social workers working with individuals, groups, and families in a range of settings, and I think it will make a wonderful textbook." -Dr. Joan Berzoff, Professor, Director, End of Life Certificate Program, Smith College School for Social Work

"This meticulously edited compendium of scholarship in the burgeoning field of adult attachment studies should be in every social worker’s library. Conceptually rigorous chapters range from new directions in theory development, through applications to adult clinical practice in a wide variety of settings, to implications for social policy, research, and education. By collecting contributions from leading attachment experts in our field, Drs. Bennett and Nelson provide an invaluable resource for practitioners and scholars in social work as well as those in other helping professions who will benefit richly from this splendid volume." - Jeffrey S. Applegate, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bennett, Susanne (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • The Origins of an Attachment Approach to Social Work Practice with Adults

    Sable, Pat

    Pages 17-29

  • Contemporary Theory and Research on Adult Attachment: Where is the Field Today?

    Bennett, Susanne (et al.)

    Pages 31-55

  • Clinical Social Work and Regulation Theory: Implications of Neurobiological Models of Attachment

    Schore, Judith R. (et al.)

    Pages 57-75

  • Separation, Loss, and Grief in Adults: An Attachment Perspective

    Nelson, Judith Kay

    Pages 79-95

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-6241-6
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $199.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-6240-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4614-1455-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Adult Attachment in Clinical Social Work
Book Subtitle
Practice, Research, and Policy
Editors
  • Susanne Bennett
  • Judith Kay Nelson
Series Title
Essential Clinical Social Work Series
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-6241-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-6241-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-6240-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-1455-1
Series ISSN
2520-1611
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 271
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