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Title Attachment, trauma and resilience: Therapeutic caring for children
Author CAIRNS Kate
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Date published/issue 00-00-2002
Date received 00-00-0000
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Publisher British Agencies for Adopion and Fostering, Skyline House, 200 Union Street, London SE1 0LX, United
Page 182
ISBN 1 903699 10 X
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Free text Children are often harmed by early experiences in their lives before a substitute home is found for them, when new caring people try to help them through the 'rage', the 'fear', the 'grief', the 'solitude' which can cause problems with attachment and relationships in later life. Chapter 6 - Attachment: formative experience explains the way an infant acquires proper attachment and what can break this pattern of development. The four step plan in What can we do?: approaches to living and working with children with unmet attachment needs, includes - 1- commitment to helping these children; 2- making sure the carer's own personal support systems are working and they are able to maintain them for their own survival; 3- ensuring the professional supervision is available throughout; 4- since parenting a child with attachment problems is different working with others to build an environment which promotes secure attachment at all levels of activities. Chapter 7 explains how trauma can transform a child's life and the different manifestations that can be observed. In the section What can we do? three phases of treatment are offered: 1- stabilisation - establishing safety and stability so that the child can make progress; 2- integration - regulation system to help children manage and control their physiological reactions; 3- adaptation - helping children connect again, and re-establish relationships through building a positive image of themselves and finding enjoyment again out of life. the chapter on Resilience: affirmative experience begins to explain what happens, what can be observed in children who enter the process of resilience, and what can be done to help them through the varied types of needs on the way to recovery. Throughout the book gives 'examples of interventions' for each phase of recovery.

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Other potential users Adopt-Parents