Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma

Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma

by Deborah D. Gray


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849058919
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 01/15/2012
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 1,172,808
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Deborah D. Gray is the author of the bestselling book for parents, Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents and an award-winning book for professionals, Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma. Deborah has been described as "attachment guru" by Adoptive Families magazine, and specializes in the attachment, grief, and trauma issues of children in her private practice, Nurturing Attachments, which is based in Kirkland, Washington, USA. Her passion is to help families develop close, satisfying relationships. A clinical social worker, she has worked over 25 years in foster and adopted children's therapies and placement. She has also been a therapeutic foster parent.

Deborah is core faculty for the award-winning Post-Graduate Certificate program in Foster and Adoption Therapy at Portland State University. She is main faculty in the ATTACh-recognized Post-Graduate Attachment Therapy Certificate Program through Cascadia Training. She has taught in the Trauma Certificate Program at the University of WA and was the 2008 Henry W. Maier Practitioner in Residence at the School of Social Work at the University of WA. Deborah is a popular presenter due to her practical and positive approaches. She has keynoted conferences ranging from the Joint Council of International Children's Services to Orphan Conferences. She continues to work in a clinical practice with parents and children, who help to teach her new approaches and techniques every day. Visit her website at

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part 1. The Issues of Neglect and Trauma in Today's Adoption. 1. The Changing Nature of Adoption. 2. Trauma, Stress, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Interrelationships. 3. Neglect. 4. Traumatic Stress – The Symptom Clusters. 5. Early Relational Trauma, Traumatic Loss, and Effects on Development. 6. Trauma and Neglect – Double Insults. 7. Attachment and Trauma/Neglect. Part 2. Putting the Pieces Together – Restoration after Traumatic Stress and Neglect. 8. Common Ground: What Parents, Caseworkers, Teachers, and Therapists Can Do to Help. 9. The Role of the Child Welfare/Social Worker. 10. The Role of the Mental Health Worker. 11. Structuring Careers and Practices. 12. Creating Resilience in Children and Their Families. Appendices. Glossary. Useful Tools and Exercises. References. Resources and Recommended Reading. Index.

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