The applicability of attachment theory and research to social work and social policy relating to infants and children is well-established. Yet, its usefulness for enhancing the understanding of adults and their needs, both individually and as a group, has been less featured in the attachment literature.
Adult Attachment in Clinical Social Work Practice is a wide-ranging look at attachment theory and research, its application to adults, and its natural fit with the social work profession. This edited volume covers the applicability of adult attachment theory to the clinical social work profession’s various domains that include human behavior, practice, policy, research, and social work education. It addresses the broad spectrum of clinical social work, including practice in a variety of public and private settings and with a number of diverse populations, including racial-ethnic groups, gays and lesbians, trauma survivors, and child welfare parents. The book highlights the underemphasized contribution of the social work profession to the development of attachment theory and research.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction Susanne Bennett Judith Kay Nelson 1
Part I Theory Development Regarding Adult Attachment
2 The Origins of an Attachment Approach to Social Work Practice with Adults Pat Sable 17
3 Contemporary Theory and Research on Adult Attachment: Where is the Field Today? Susanne Bennett Judith Kay Nelson 31
4 Clinical Social Work and Regulation Theory: Implications of Neurobiological Models of Attachment Judith R. Schore Allan N. Schore 51
Part II Applications to Adult Clinical Practice
5 Separation, Loss, and Grief in Adults: An Attachment Perspective Judith Kay Nelson 79
6 Listening Closely: The Significance of the Therapist's Voice Intensity, Rhythm, and Tone Kristin Miscall Brown Dorienne Sorter 97
7 Using a Mentalization-Based Framework to Assist Hard-to-Reach Clients in Individual Treatment Christine H. Fewell 113
8 Attachment and Caregiving for Elders Within African-American Families Susanne Bennett Michael J. Sheridan Barbara Soniat 127
9 Attachment in the Family Context: Insights from Development and Clinical Work Janet Shapiro 147
10 Applications of Attachment Theory to Group Interventions: A Secure Base in Adulthood Timothy F. Page 173
Part III Attachment Applications to Policy, Research, and Education
11 Policy Implications of Attachment Processes in Adulthood: Caregiving and Family Preservation Joyce E. Everett 195
12 Attachment Research: Contributions of Social Workers Joanna E. Bettmann Rachael A. Jasperson 217
13 Implications of Attachment Theory for Social Work Education Susanne Bennett Kathleen Holtz Deal 253