The Little Book of Attachment

The Little Book of Attachment : Theory to Practice in Child Mental Health with Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

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This book both explains and illustrates how the practice of child mental health professionals can be enhanced, whatever their treatment approach, to encourage engagement, resilience and development in children with mental health problems. Alongside practical recommendations, Daniel Hughes and Ben Gurney-Smith use dialogue from clinical work to illustrate applications of these principles from Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy as well as other attachment-based practices with parents and children. This "little book" will demystify how attachment theory-one of today's most in-demand approaches-can actually be brought into clinical work.

Topics include regulating emotional states; repairing ongoing relationships; establishing an attachment-based therapeutic relationship; accepting a child's inner life; assessing the caregiver's need for safety, regulation and reflection; the importance of nonverbal and verbal conversations in facilitating secure attachment; and strengthening the mind of the child.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 211 x 20mm | 391g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2 black-and-white illustrations
  • 0393714357
  • 9780393714357
  • 113,181

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Taking us right into the heart of direct work, this book is a masterful exposition of Dan Hughes's hugely influential DDP model. Hughes is a veritable master in this field, and the text is informative, well-written, and brought alive by moving case examples. Integrating deep clinical experience with attachment theory, neurobiology, and intersubjectively infused developmental psychology, this book is a must-read for professionals working with children from complex backgrounds, and indeed, anyone interested in this area.--Graham Music, PhD, Consultant Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic London, author of Nurturing Natures, The Good Life, and Nurturing Children
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About Daniel A. Hughes

Daniel A. Hughes, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who developed Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. He lives in Portland, Maine. Dr. Ben Gurney-Smith is a chartered consultant clinical psychologist, DDP Institute board member. He lives in Norfolk, UK.
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