Disorganized attachment is the most extreme form of insecure attachment. This book is a practical guide to caring for children and young people with disorganized attachment and related emotional and psychological difficulties.
Synthesising attachment, trauma and mentalization theory into a useful practice model, Empathic Care for Children with Disorganized Attachments proposes ways of meeting the needs arising in children and young people with disorganized attachments. Focusing on the importance of interpersonal bonds to facilitate the child's capacity to mentalize, it aims to equip the reader with the appropriate skills to provide effective, sustained and, most importantly, empathic care to the most vulnerable and troubled children. This structured psychotherapeutic approach to caregiving will enable the development of child-carer relationships and can be used to create informed, safe environments that support both the young person and the caregiver.
This useful guide will be invaluable to health and social care professionals including residential carers, therapists, counsellors, and those working with vulnerable and troubled children and young people including those supporting foster and adoptive families.
Chris Taylor is Clinical Service Manager at Bryn Melyn Care, where he is also a company trainer. He has specialized for over 20 years in working with young people with attachment disorganization and developmental trauma, and delivers training on the subject to foster carers, social workers and residential childcare workers. He teaches Applied Attachment at Glyndwr University, where he is undertaking doctoral research into mentalizing and disorganized attachment. He is also the author of A Practical Guide to Caring for Children and Teenagers with Attachment Difficulties (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).
Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. A Recovery Model. 2. Attachment. 3. Trauma. 4. A Mentalizing Approach. 5. Attachment and Trauma-Informed Care. 6. Interventions for Attachment Style. 7. Mentalizing and Emotional Arousal. 8. Plan, Do, Reflect, Review. Appendix. Community of Communities: Core Values. References. Index.