Concise and easy-to-understand, this book provides an introduction to what attachment means and how to recognise attachment disorder in children.
Colby Pearce explains how complex problems in childhood may stem from the parent-child relationship during a child's early formative years, and later from the child's engagement with the broader social world. The book explores the mind-set of difficult and traumatised children and the motivations behind their complex tendencies and behaviours. It goes on to offer a comprehensive set of tried-and-tested practical strategies that can be used with children affected by an attachment disorder. This second edition has been updated to include the new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Reactive Attachment Disorder and an increased number of illustrative case vignettes.
This is a perfect introduction to the subject for parents, carers and practitioners in supportive roles caring for children.
Colby Pearce is Principal Clinical Psychologist at Secure Start (R), a private psychology practice based in Adelaide that provides psychology services to children, teens and families. He has extensive experience in the teaching and training of psychologists and other professionals, particularly in relation to insecure and attachment disordered children and the promotion of therapeutic care environments. He is also the author of A Short Introduction to Promoting Resilience in Children.
Prologue: A Tale of Three Mice. Chapter 1. Understanding Attachment and the Influence of Parental Care. Chapter 2. A Short Introduction to Attachment Disorder. Chapter 3. CARE to Promote Attachment Security. Chapter 4. Treating Attachment Insecurity and Disorder. Postscript: Eyes are Mirrors for a Child's Soul. Glossary of Terms. About the Author.