Facilitating Developmental Attachment: The Road To Emotional

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Facilitating Developmental Attachment: The Road to Emotional Recovery and Behavioral Change in Foster and Adopted Children by Daniel A Hughes
Facilitating Developmental Attachment by Daniel A Hughes is an in depth look at the work of Dr Hughes, a clinical psychologist who specialises in child abuse and neglect, attachment and works with children in foster care or adoption. Hughes discusses every facet of his practice including the theory and research surrounding attachment, the qualities and expectations required by each of the people involved in the therapeutic process as well as including four case studies. Hughes states the book is written for those working with children who have “…severe forms of attachment problems that correspond to
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Chapter 3 revolves around the individuals involved in the therapeutic process namely the therapist, child and parent. It describes foster care situation and its changeable nature these children have experienced, the need for the foster parent to have “considerable inner strength and maturity…” (pg44) and provide a “high degree of affective attunement”(pg45). The parent’s participation and the benefits are addressed throughout this book. An effective therapist must be compassionate, receptive to attunement and secure in their personal relationships. They consider the parent as a co-therapist, must have the ability to communicate effectively, be a facilitator for change and a role model, particularly in the instance of affective attunement. There is also a warning for any therapist undertaking the intensive deeply emotional work discussed, as the therapist you are in a position of power and so must not become complacent and remain vigilant, constantly monitoring the work delivered with supervision so no harm can be done to the child.
The therapeutic interventions discussed in chapter 6 are particularly informative for any person working with children. Selected from a number of therapeutic frameworks, such as Gestalt and Theraplay. Hughes breaks each type of intervention down and explains why they are significant and examples of how they are used. The holding
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