Bringing together the latest research and theory about a child's inner world and the impact of the world around them, this is a guide to understanding and responding to the emotional needs of traumatised children.
Founded on the principle that traumatised children do not have a secure sense of self and therefore cannot relate to the outside world without becoming overwhelmed, this book brings psychoanalytic and psychodynamic understandings of child psychology together with current neuroscience and trauma theory. At the heart of the book is an attachment-informed assessment model and guidance for treatment.
Professionals working therapeutically with traumatised children, including therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health workers, social workers and residential care workers, will benefit from the wealth of knowledge and valuable practice guidance presented in this book.
Christine Bradley is a psychotherapist who has 40 years' experience working with vulnerable children and young people, in therapeutic communities, local authorities and organisations both nationally and internationally. She is also a consultant and trainer for organisations in residential care and fostering and adoption agencies. Francia Kinchington is a Principal Lecturer and Teaching Fellow at the University of Greenwich in the Faculty of Education and Health. She is a consultant with international expertise in leading and managing change and an experienced doctoral supervisor and examiner in the fields of education, psychology and health.
Foreword by Judith Trowell, Patron Thomas Coram and Voice Psychoanalyst and Psychiatrist, Tavistock Clinic London. Preface. The Cotswold Community - The Story of a Pioneering Therapeutic Community. John Whitwell, Director Cotswolf Community and ISP Kent (1972 - 2016). Introduction. Christine Bradley, Child Care Consultant. Part 1. Exploring Integration - A Jigsaw Puzzle in the Making. 1. The Development of the Self Through a Secure Attachment. Alistair Cooper, Clinical Psychologist, Anna Freud Centre. 2. Unintegration and Attachment - The Legacy of Bowlby and Winnicott. Christine Bradley. 3. Syndromes of Deprivation - Finding the Real Self. Christine Bradley. 4. Assessing the Need of Traumatised Children. Christine Bradley. 5. Therapeutic Treatment Programmes. Christine Bradley. 6. Creating a Therapeutic Culture. Christine Bradley. Part II. Applying the Concepts in Different Settings. 7. How It Works. Christine Bradley. 8. Residential Care. Christine Bradley. 9. Leading a Therapeutic Community. John Diamond. 10. Fostering and Post-Adoption. Christine Bradley. 11. The Unintegrated Adolescent. Christine Bradley. 12. Conclusions. Christine Bradley. Afterword. Jonathan Stanley. Glossary. References.