Facilitating Developmental Attachment / Edition 1

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This book shows how to work successfully with emotional and behavioral problems rooted in deficient early attachments. In particular, it addresses the emotional difficulties of many of the foster and adopted children living in our country who are unable to form secure attachments. Traditional interventions, which do not teach parents how to successfully engage the child, frequently do not provide the means by which the seriously damaged child can form the secure attachment that underlies behavioral change. Dr. Daniel Hughes maps out a treatment plan designed to help the child begin to experience and accept, from both the therapist and the parents, affective attunement that he or she should have received in the first few years of life. Hughes' approach includes: —Using foster and adopted parents as co-therapists —Teaching differentiation between old and new parents —Overcoming the perception of discipline as abusive —Framing misbehavior, discipline, conflicts, and parental authority as important aspects of a child's learning to trust. All children, at the core of their beings, need to be attached to someone who considers them to be very special and who is committed to providing for their ongoing care. Children who lose their birth parents desperately need such a relationship if they are to heal and grow. This book shows therapists how to facilitate this crucial bond. A Jason Aronson Book
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Editorial Reviews

Paul D. Goodman
For those treating attachment disordered children with traditional child psychotherapy, this book will compel a reexamination of that approach and lead the way to a decidedly more effective treatment. Therapists struggling to help these children will find countless new insights and concrete examples of how to be successful instead of frustrated in their work. An experienced, gifted, and innovative therapist and teacher, Dan Hughes takes the reader through a primer in attachment theory and reactive attachment disorders in maltreated children, through the theoretical principles and actual techniques employed in therapy, four illustrative case vignettes, and a discussion of how to educate, assist, and support the parents of poorly attached children.
Martha G. Welch
Dr. Hughes's deeply insightful book provides professionals as well as parents with a comprehensive understanding of the issues and of the types of interventions that succeed in resolving them. The scope of this brilliant work extends beyond the disturbances of foster and adoptive children. If all children were treated in the way Dr. Hughes describes, with his compassion, humanity, humor, and depth of understanding, there would be better outcomes. Even for therapists who do not practice in this manner, their grasp of a child's development and their approach to their young patients will be greatly enhanced by Dr. Hughes' theoretical framework of attunement and engagement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765702708
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 952,327
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Hughes, Ph.D., received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Ohio University. For over a decade he was the coordinator of children's services at Kennebec Valley Mental Health Center and also worked at Colby College Counseling Services. He is in private practice in Waterville, Maine, where he has contracts with foster care agencies.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Attachment: Theory and Research Healthy Attachment Chapter 3 Attachment as Dancing Chapter 4 Developmental Attachment Patterns Chapter 5 Attachment into Adulthood Chapter 6 Weak Attachment Chapter 7 Trauma & Neglect and Weak Attachment Chapter 8 Specific Symptoms of a Weak Attachment Part 9 Children, Therapists, and Parents Chapter 10 Children Chapter 11 Therapists Chapter 12 Parents Part 13 Integrative Psychotherapy for Developmental Attachment in Children Chapter 14 Principles Chapter 15 Directive and Empathic Chapter 16 Relationship-Centered Chapter 17 Emotional Richness Chapter 18 Focused on Attachment Sequences Chapter 19 Goals of Differentiation and Integration Chapter 20 Past, Present, and Future Chapter 21 Cognition, Affect, and Behavior Chapter 22 Self–Other Duality Chapter 23 Problems and Skills Part 24 Parental Participation Chapter 25 Reasons Chapter 26 Emotional Attunement Chapter 27 Emotional Support and Empathy Chapter 28 Differentiation Chapter 29 Increased Similarity between Therapy and Home Chapter 30 Expert Knowledge Chapter 31 Parental Authority Chapter 32 Safety Chapter 33 Specifics Chapter 34 Emotional Attunement Chapter 35 Directives Chapter 36 Differentiation Chapter 37 Parental Authority and Knowledge Chapter 38 Homework Chapter 39 Regression Part 40 Therapeutic Interventions Chapter 41 Engagement and Leading Chapter 42 Contract Chapter 43 Holding Chapter 44 Attachment Sequences Chapter 45 Confrontations Chapter 46 Information and Education Chapter 47 Verbal Directives Chapter 48 Psychodrama Chapter 49 Paradoxical Interventions Chapter 50 Illustrated Stories Chapter 51 Additional Props: Children's Books-Photographs, Stuffed Animals, Music, Miscellaneous Part 52 Matthew Part 53 Melinda Part 54 Bill Part 55 Jenny Part 56 Principles of Parenting Chapter 57 Family Atmosphere and Interactions Chapter 58 Attunement and Empathy Chapter 59 Choices and Consequences Chapter 60 Attachment Sequences Chapter 61 Behavior, Emotion, and Thought Chapter 62 Reciprocal Enjoyment Chapter 63 Regression Chapter 64 Parental Self-Care Part 65 Day-To-Day Parenting Chapter 66 Moving In Chapter 67 Day-To-Day Discipline Chapter 68 Understanding the Child's Reinforcers Chapter 69 Privileges and Practice Chapter 70 Paradoxical Interventions Chapter 71 Reframing Chapter 72 Differentiating Thoughts and Feelings from Behavior Regression Chapter 73 More Imaginative Parenting and Problem Solving Chapter 74 Good Times: Fun and Love Facilitating Fun and Love Chapter 75 Some Fun and Love Activities Part 76 Conclusions
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