A Practical Guide to Caring for Children and Teenagers with Attachment Difficulties
‘A Practical Guide to Caring for Children and Teenagers with Attachment Difficulties is an important bridge between attachment theory and research and providing appropriate care for children who are most in need. Most importantly, it reminds us that in order for these children and young people to successfully recover from their relational traumas, those providing their care must keep in mind the key concepts of attachment security. The author successfully utilizes cognitive and behavioral interventions in the context of attachment, maximizing their effectiveness and demonstrating how best to care for these children and young people.’
- Dan Hughes, Ph.D., Psychologist and author of Building the Bonds of Attachment, 2nd ed., Attachment-Focused Family Therapy, and Attachment-Focused
‘This book provides a wealth of information and practical ideas for parenting young people who have experienced early trauma and disrupted attachments. This book is a treasure trove of theory and practical ideas for foster carers, residential care workers and for the professionals who are supporting them.’
- Kim S. Golding, MSc Clinical Psychology, DClinPsy
Vulnerable and traumatized children and young people who suffer from attachment difficulties are in need of a safe and therapeutic environment in order to recover. By understanding attachment issues, the people who live and work with these young people are better equipped to help and support them in their recovery.
This book provides a comprehensive guide to caregivers by explaining what attachment is, what different patterns of attachment look like in children and young people, and how this understanding can help them to develop therapeutic ways of caring. Based on extensive practical experience, the author shows how to promote recovery through secure base experiences and provides practical solutions and methods to tackle challenging and problem behaviour, anger, and the effects of trauma in children with attachment problems. By drawing together theory and practice, this book provides caregivers with the theoretical understanding and the practice skills required to develop and sustain a caring and supportive environment.
A Practical Guide to Caring for Children and Teenagers with Attachment Difficulties is an essential and invaluable guide for foster carers, residential carers, social workers and other caregivers working or living with children or young people with attachment difficulties.
Chris Taylor has over twenty years experience as a practitioner and manager working with vulnerable and traumatized children. He is interested in a therapeutic approach to recovery from early trauma that is rooted in attachment theory. Although he continues day-by-day to manage a small, therapeutic, residential unit, he is actively involved in training residential workers, foster carers, social workers, therapists and managers in an attachment perspective to residential and foster care.