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Reactive Attachment Disorder: Resources: Books for Parents & Professionals



Traumatic Relationships and Serious Mental Disorders, by Jon G. Allen
Mental, physical, or sexual abuse in close personal relationships commonly results in trauma that is very different from the trauma of accidents, illness, or war. Little is more intellectually challenging, emotionally demanding, and difficult than therapeutic work with survivors of such traumatic personal relationships and those close to them. This book provides psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and counselors with a powerful conceptual framework and a concise, masterly review of a huge knowledge base that will support and guide treatment and prevention programs for these serious problems. The key elements of successful interventions are the engagement and motivation of the patient. This book provides therapists with the framework, knowledge base, and practical guidelines for educating patients and those close to them about the nature of trauma, its consequences, and treatment. The author presents in detail his own "tried and tested" education-based interventions. This book will be an immensely valuable resource for practitioners and academics working in all therapeutic traditions. 484 pages.



Coping With Trauma: A Guide to Self-Understanding, by Jon G. Allen.
"Coping With Trauma" exudes a philosophy of empowerment through understanding. Dr. Allen achieves a remarkable balance between the dual tensions of accessibility and scientific accuracy, presented in a text that is simple, readable, and well organized. 385 pages.



First Steps in Parenting the Child Who Hurts: Tiddlers and Toddlers, by Caroline Archer.
Intended for parents of adopted children, this text discusses how to recognize when things aren't right and gives ideas as to how to handle some of the problems unique to childhood trauma, including attachment disorders. Published for Adoption UK. 128 pages.



Next Steps in Parenting the Child Who Hurts: Tykes and Teens (Parenting the Child Who Hurts), by Caroline Archer.
Part 2 of the series discusses older child adoption, and some of the problems unique to victims of childhood trauma, and gives advice on how to handle sensitive situations. Published for Adoption UK. 224 pages.



Trauma, Attachment, and Family Permanence: Fear Can Stop You Loving, by Caroline Archer (Editor).
Exploring the complex issues of trauma, attachment and family placement, the contributors to this book provide a variety of complementary perspectives on practice in this area. Focusing on how to integrate attachment theory and developmental psychology in practice with adopted or fostered children, they emphasize the need for understanding of early trauma and its effect on child development. Examining multiple aspects of work with children who are unable to live with their birth families, the book includes contributions on:

  • new approaches to matching children with families
  • effective management of contact with birth families
  • the neurobiological effects of trauma on children
  • problems and developmental challenges in school
  • the use of creative arts therapies with children and families.

The book adopts an inclusive approach, valuing the parent as a central member of the therapeutic team. Contributions from user families illustrate the challenges of bringing up fostered or adopted children and show how the attachment-based approach has worked for them. Bringing together a rich and innovative selection of ideas for adoption and fostering practice, this book will be a valuable resource for all involved with family support in this area. 224 pages.



How To Raise Your Child's Emotional Intelligence: 101 Ways To Bring Out The Best In Your Children And Yourself, by Allen and Geraldine Nagy.
Provides parents with specific guidelines for raising the emotional intelligence of their children from infancy to adolescence. It builds on the idea that parents play a crucial role in determining the emotional intelligence (EQ) of their children--not only in the way they interact with their children but in the way they manage their own emotional and social lives. Through practical suggestions, lively stories, and inspiriational quotes, "How To Raise Your Child's Emotional Intelligence" gives parents realistic ways to nourish EQ as they go through the process of daily living. It is the hope of Drs. Allen and Geraldine Nagy that parents from all walks of life will use this book to inspire themselves and their partners, and to raise confident, responsible, honest, assertive, kind, and goal oriented children. Because of the warm, inspirational writing style, this book is an excellent gift for Moms, Dads, or anyone who cares about children. 208 pages.



Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child, by John Gottman.
In "Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child," psychology professor John Gottman explores the emotional relationship between parents and children. It's not enough to simply reject an authoritarian model of parenting, Gottman says. A parent needs to be concerned with the quality of emotional interactions. Gottman, author of "Why Marriages Succeed or Fail," and coauthor Joan Declaire focus first on the parent (a "know thyself" approach), and provide a series of exercises to assess parenting styles and emotional self-awareness. The authors identify a five-step "emotion coaching" process to help teach children how to recognize and address their feelings, which includes becoming aware of the child's emotions; recognizing that dealing with these emotions is an opportunity for intimacy; listening empathetically; helping the child label emotions; setting limits; and problem-solving. Chapters on divorce, fathering, and age-based differences in emotional development help make Gottman's teachings detailed and useful. 240 pages.



Broken Spirits Lost Souls: Loving Children With Attachment and Bonding Difficulties, by Jane E. Ryan.
"Broken Spirits Lost Souls" provides a look at a potentially deadly problem plaguing families today. Children born into crisis are vulnerable to attachment disturbances because this horrendous disorder occurs when the basic needs of youngsters go unmet. Candid stories about dangerous, disturbed preschoolers, victims of early neglect and trauma, will enlighten and frighten you. Predictably, by adolescence they will defy authority and challenge every accepted familial/societal norm. At best, RAD individuals represent the embryonic stages of antisocial personalities; at worst they¬?re full-blown, chilling psychopaths. You will see that attachment difficulties are not nearly as rare as professed and are preventable through early identification and sound parenting offered to our babies and the youth within our fields of influence. Jane E. Ryan, RN, MA, a counseling graduate from Rhode Island College, understands reactive attachment disorder as few can after three decades of loving powerful and disturbed youngsters. 448 pages.



The Back-to-front Boy: A True Story Of Adopting A Boy With Attachment Disorder, by Rebecca Wright.
The author and her partner adopt a young child and then discover how needy he was, and how their love and commitment would change his life. 136 pages.



Adult Attachment : Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications, by W. Steven Rholes (Editor), and Jeffry A. Simpson (Editor).
The authors, both professors of psychology, bring together leading investigators in adult attachment to showcase important theoretical and empirical advances made in the field in the past decade. Following an introductory chapter on basic concepts, contributors explore key issues in attachment processes across the lifespan. The book will be of interest to researchers, students, and instructors in developmental, social, and clinical psychology and related mental health disciplines, and for clinicians working with individuals and couples. 482 pages.

Note: When available, and when money is an object, please consider purchasing a used book rather than a new one. While I don't earn nearly as much of a commission on the sale of used books, the difference in cost to you is worth considering. With the money you've saved, go out and buy yourself something. -- ken


Last Modified on: Saturday, August 08, 2009



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