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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book demonstrates how attachment research can be applied in therapeutic work with children, including practical guidelines for both assessment and intervention to assist parent-child disruptions.
Purpose: This book grew out of an annual conference series that began in 1999, sponsored by the Children's Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, where leading researchers/clinicians discuss how they took the research concepts and methods they were developing and applied them clinically.
Audience: According to the editors, the audience includes "clinicians working with children and their families who are interested in deepening their understanding of the clinical application of attachment concepts and the added value of an attachment perspective for both assessment and intervention." Graduate students in child psychology/psychiatry/social work would benefit greatly as well.
Features: The book is divided into two parts that cover the clinical use of attachment research assessments and attachment theory and psychotherapy. Part one focuses on assessment tools such as the Working Model of the Child Interview (WMCI), Insightful Assessment, Co-Construction Assessment, and assessment of caregiver commitment. Part two addresses traumatized children, at-risk parents, insecurely attached children, and a disorganized mother. The best feature of the book is the inclusion of many case examples that elucidate the concepts. The authors write well, integrating theory and research with practice.
Assessment: This useful book addresses both assessment and intervention issues, enlightening both the seasoned veteran and the novice therapist. It is easy to read and the poignant case material teaches therapeutic lessons. Readers wishing to see how attachment theory is applied to child therapy will not be disappointed.