Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children

Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children

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by Daniel A. Hughes
     
 

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Building the Bonds of Attachment is the second edition of a critically and professionally acclaimed book for social workers, therapists, and parents who strive to assist children with reactive attachment disorder. This work is a composite case study of the developmental course of one child following years of abuse and neglect. Building the Bonds of Attachment focuses

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Building the Bonds of Attachment is the second edition of a critically and professionally acclaimed book for social workers, therapists, and parents who strive to assist children with reactive attachment disorder. This work is a composite case study of the developmental course of one child following years of abuse and neglect. Building the Bonds of Attachment focuses on both the specialized psychotherapy and parenting that is often necessary in facilitating a child's psychological development and attachment security. It develops a model for intervention by blending attachment theory and research, trauma theory, and the general principles of parenting, and child and family therapy. This book is a practical guide for the adult—whether professional or parent—who endeavors to help such children. The second edition of this widely popular book will present the many changes in the intervention model over the past 8 years. These include many changes in both the psychotherapist's and parent's interventions. The attachment history of the adults is made more relevant. There is greater congruence between attachment theory and research and the interventions being demonstrated as well as greater reference to this theory and research.

Editorial Reviews

Phyllis B. Booth
I thought the first edition of Building the Bonds of Attachment a magnificent book and recommended it to everyone I knew. The changes in the second edition make it even more essential reading for all who care for and work with children who have suffered neglect, loss, and trauma, and therefore haven't a clue about how to love and connect with others.

This beautifully realized story of a young girl's struggle to learn how to love makes gripping reading and will be an inspiration for all those who care for troubled children.

In dramatized form the book presents a model both for the kind of therapy and the equally important kinds of parenting, that are needed to awaken love in deeply troubled children. The approach, which is securely founded in the very latest research about trauma, attachment and brain development clearly lays out the kinds of care that a child needs in order to overcome the scarring effects of early neglect and frightening physical abuse. An important new emphasis is on the crucial importance of caregivers' understanding and coming to terms with their own early attachment experiences.

This is a "must read" book that will have a profound influence on the whole field of treatment of troubled children.

Nancy Verrier
Daniel Hughes has once again proven his keen insight into the psyches of unattached children. This book is filled with gems of wisdom about the therapeutic parenting of wounded children and the often counterintuitive ways one has to respond to their behavior. Through the voices of a foster mother, psychotherapist, and social worker, Hughes creates a pattern for understanding, empathizing, and treating these vulnerable and provocative children in a manner than can bring true healing, not just temporary relief. In this edition, Hughes has added the importance of having the mother look into her own attachment issues to ensure that the child can feel safe enough to relinquish control to her, an essential step toward self-regulation. This book is a must-read for all adoptive and foster parents and the professionals who work with them.
Michael Trout
Dr. Hughes has done the impossible: take the gold standard in practical texts for both the clinician and the foster or adoptive family, and make it better, by nearly any measure. Where would we have been without the first edition of this clear-headed, practical, clinically sound book? And now Dr. Hughes has taken the courageous step of modifying some of his own ideas and recommendations, in accord with new research, and the honing of his own views through continued clinical practice.
Ellen F. Wachtel
Daniel Hughes conveys the inner life of poorly attached children and offers a sound and comprehensive clinical approach to the difficult task of bringing out the child's full humanity. This important contribution to the clinical literature has the added bonus of being as riveting a page-turner as any novel.
Adoptive Families
Everyone's read them—those books that fundamentally change the way you look at things. Before reading Building the Bonds of Attachment, I had read a great deal on the subject. Despite recurring behavioral problems with my older child, I thought I was on the right track. Then I read Hughes's book and finally understood what I had to do help my daughter. This is the book I'd recommend to every adoptive parent.
— Ann Keisling
Adoptive Families Magazine - Ann Keisling
Everyone's read them—those books that fundamentally change the way you look at things. Before reading Building the Bonds of Attachment, I had read a great deal on the subject. Despite recurring behavioral problems with my older child, I thought I was on the right track. Then I read Hughes's book and finally understood what I had to do help my daughter. This is the book I'd recommend to every adoptive parent.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742599956
Publisher:
Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date:
08/08/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
277,218
File size:
2 MB

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Phyllis B. Booth
I thought the first edition of Building the Bonds of Attachment a magnificent book and recommended it to everyone I knew. The changes in the second edition make it even more essential reading for all who care for and work with children who have suffered neglect, loss, and trauma, and therefore haven't a clue about how to love and connect with others.This beautifully realized story of a young girl's struggle to learn how to love makes gripping reading and will be an inspiration for all those who care for troubled children. In dramatized form the book presents a model both for the kind of therapy and the equally important kinds of parenting, that are needed to awaken love in deeply troubled children. The approach, which is securely founded in the very latest research about trauma, attachment and brain development clearly lays out the kinds of care that a child needs in order to overcome the scarring effects of early neglect and frightening physical abuse. An important new emphasis is on the crucial importance of caregivers' understanding and coming to terms with their own early attachment experiences.This is a "must read" book that will have a profound influence on the whole field of treatment of troubled children.
Richard Bromfield
Though recognition of attachment disorder and its tragic consequences has increased, treatment continues to be arduous and profoundly discouraging. Building the Bonds of Attachment offers clinicians a sturdy framework and practical strategy for facing these overwhelming cases. Perhaps even more importantly, it will enlighten, affirm, and buoy the adoptive parents, foster families, caseworkers, and teachers who accompany the children on their courageous and daunting journey toward attachment.
Nancy Verrier
Daniel Hughes has once again proven his keen insight into the psyches of unattached children. This book is filled with gems of wisdom about the therapeutic parenting of wounded children and the often counterintuitive ways one has to respond to their behavior. Through the voices of a foster mother, psychotherapist, and social worker, Hughes creates a pattern for understanding, empathizing, and treating these vulnerable and provocative children in a manner than can bring true healing, not just temporary relief. In this edition, Hughes has added the importance of having the mother look into her own attachment issues to ensure that the child can feel safe enough to relinquish control to her, an essential step toward self-regulation. This book is a must-read for all adoptive and foster parents and the professionals who work with them.
Karen B. Walant
A courageous, innovative, and clinically sensitive work, Building the Bonds of Attachment illustrates the process of repairing children who have been severely damaged by abuse and neglect. In quasi-novel format, Daniel Hughes focuses on one girl's struggles within the foster care system; by portraying her inner world, he enables us to understand and empathize with the dynamics of reactive attachment disorder. Hughes's approach to treatment comes alive, thanks to the interweaving of narrative with a wealth of clinical information.
Michael Trout
Hughes has done the impossible: take the gold standard in practical texts for both the clinician and the foster or adoptive family, and make it better, by nearly any measure. Where would we have been without the first edition of this clear-headed, practical, clinically sound book? And now Dr. Hughes has taken the courageous step of modifying some of his own ideas and recommendations, in accord with new research, and the honing of his own views through continued clinical practice.
Laurie C. Miller
Dr. Hughes intersperses insightful commentary with the story of one child's difficult journey through foster care and therapy following early neglect and abuse. Readable and compelling, this book will be a valuable resource for foster and adoptive parents and for therapists dedicated to helping unattached children recover.

Meet the Author

Daniel A. Hughes, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who specializes in child abuse and neglect, attachment, foster care, and adoption. He resides in Maine and actively trains other therapists in the model of treatment known as Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, both within the United States and in other countries.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book about 10 years ago, and it changed my life. It has helped me do a much better job as an elementary school teacher, and it has helped me to understand the violent crime that is so pervasive in our society. This is a "must-read" for everyone, no matter what walk of life a person is from.
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