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Reactive Attachment Disorder: Resources: Books for Parents & Professionals



Attachment Theory and Close Relationships, by Jeffry A. Simpson (Editor), and W. Steven Rholes (Editor).
Intended as a supplemental text in advanced undergraduate or graduate level courses in social psychology, this text integrates the theoretical and empirical advances in attachment theory as they apply to adult relationships. The authors discuss attachment in nuclear families and with peers, the relationship between adult attachment styles and emotional and cognitive reactions to stressful events, conflict resolution in close relationships, clinical applications, and conceptual and empirical extensions of the current state of the research. 438 pages.



Healing Trauma: Attachment, Mind, Body, and Brain, by Marion Fried Solomon (Editor), and Daniel J. Siegel (Editor).
How attachment relationships create a coherent self, and what happens when these relationships break down. Leading researchers discuss cutting-edge ideas about the nature of trauma and its treatment. Contributors include Allan Schore, Bessel van der Kolk, Mary Main, Robert Neborsky, Francine Shapiro, and Diana Fosha. 350 pages.



Rebuilding Attachments With Traumatized Children: Healing From Losses, Violence, Abuse, and Neglect, by Richard Kagan.
The author is a psychologist who works with children in crisis who have lost trust in adults due to parental abuse or neglect presents his approach, based on attachment theory and research, to rebuilding such bonds. He explains tools for facilitating trauma therapy, in particular, his "Real Life Heroes" life-story workbook (Haworth, 1998). Appendices includes sample assessment forms and a suggested game therapy format. 374 pages.



Real Life Heroes: A Life Storybook for Children, by Richard Kagan.
Provides insightful examples of how parents (birth, foster, and adoptive) can help children become "their own heroes." 108 pages.



Treating Attachment Pathology, by Jon Mills.
This book rectifies a much neglected area in the conceptualization and treatment of attachment disorders. The interface between attachment, psychic structure, and character pathology has been largely ignored in the clinical literature until recent years, and when discussed, it has been generally relegated to the domain of child psychopathology. Because human attachment is such a basic aspect to motivation and adjustment, attachment disruptions in childhood color psychic development and often leave deep and enduring deficits in personality and adaptive functioning. The author shows that patients with attachment deficiencies and associated characterological vulnerabilities have fundamental structural deficits in personality organization that lie at the heart of our current understanding of disorders of the self. Through conceptually astute technical strategies grounded in sold clinical practice, the author offers one of the most extensive and original frameworks in the psychoanalytic treatment of attachment disorders. Jon Mills, Psy.D., Ph.D., ABPP, is a psychologist, philosopher, and psychoanalyst in private practice in Ajax, Ontario, Canada. He is a diplomate in psychoanalysis and clinical psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology and is currently president of the Section on Psychoanalysis of the Canadian Psychological Association. 388 pages.



Attachments: Why You Love, Feel, and Act the Way You Do, by Tim Clinton and Gary Sibcy.
Why is it so difficult to connect with, or even get along with, certain people especially the ones you care about the most?
You can't seem to put your finger on it, but something is getting in the way. You've invested yourself in relationships time and again and time and again you've been disappointed, discouraged, or deeply hurt. Yet you know what you want: a fulfilling, safe, loving relationship with your spouse, your child, your parents, your siblings, your friends. So how do you create satisfying relationships? Where do you begin? Drs. Tim Clinton and Gary Sibcy believe that, for each of us, our present relationships are influenced by our first "attachments" or bonds with people in early childhood. Consequently, understanding your pattern of relating to others what the authors call your "attachment style" is the cornerstone for building satisfying relationships with the people you love. In this book, Clinton and Sibcy help you identify and define your first attachments. They then lead you to discover:

  • how to get free from the mistakes of the past
  • guidance for connecting with those closest to you
  • practical tools to help you avoid negative patterns of relating
  • what kind of people best nurture your soul
  • your personal pathway to healthy bonding with God and others

Life is short. Attachments will take you on a journey of self-discovery. A journey toward learning to love others in godly, selfless ways. A journey that will, in turn, help you receive the love you've always dreamed of. 288 pages.



Attachment Therapy on Trial : The Torture and Death of Candace Newmaker (Child Psychology and Mental Health), by Jean Mercer, Larry Sarner, and Linda Rosa.
This indictment of "attachment therapy" focuses on the tragic and unfortunate death of a 10-year-old girl who suffocated during a therapy session intended to improve her relationship with her foster mother. The study draws on court testimony and videotape, offering a history of fringe treatments and explaining the legal factors that make bad therapies difficult to ban. The book is for general readers, parents, adoption educators, and students of psychology and social work. The authors include Mercer (psychology, Richard Stockton College), Sarner (American Association for the Humane Treatment of Children in Therapy), and Rosa (National Council Against Health Fraud). 272 pages. Personal Note: In sensational form, this book takes the case of one tragic death at the hands of someone who was not licensed to provide therapy and applies it to attachment therapy in general. Candace Newmaker's death came as the result of a technique known as "rebirthing therapy," which is not - and has never been - a technique generally used in attachment therapy.



Connecting With Kids Through Stories: Using Narratives To Facilitate Attachment In Adopted Children, by Denise Lacher, Todd Nichols, and Joanne May.
A new book, yet unreviewed. 143 pages.



Nurturing Attachments: Supporting Children Who Are Fostered or Adopted, by Kim S. Golding.
"Nurturing Attachments" combines the experience and wisdom of parents and carers with that of professionals to provide support and practical guidance for foster and adoptive parents looking after children with insecure attachment relationships. It gives an overview of attachment theory and a step-by-step model of parenting which provides the reader with a tried-and-tested framework for developing resilience and emotional growth.Featuring throughout are the stories of Catherine, Zoe, Marcus and Luke, four fictional children in foster care or adoptive homes, who are used to illustrate the ideas and strategies described, the book offers sound advice and provides exercises for parents and their children, as well as useful tools that supervising social workers can use both in individual support of carers as well as in training exercises. This is an essential guide for adoptive and foster parents, professionals including health and social care practitioners, clinical psychologists, child care professionals, and lecturers and students in this field. Paperback. 239 pages.



Attachment and Development, by Susan Goldberg.
"Attachment and Development" is one of the few comprehensive and critical overviews of theory and research in attachment across the lifespan. It provides a detailed examination of the factors that contribute to shaping early attachment and the effects of attachment on development, including social competence, mental health, and physical health. Special emphasis is given to newly emerging research on the role of cognition and emotion in internal working models of attachment, as well as to the role of psychobiology. In order to achieve a balanced evaluation of this area as a whole, the book concludes with a critical appraisal of the contributions and limitations of attachment research and theory. An ideal resource for developmental psychology students, this text also serves as an up-to-date reference for professionals in related disciplines, such as nursing, social work, psychiatry, and education. 301 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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