Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children

Building the Bonds of Attachment is the second edition of a critically and professionally acclaimed book for social workers, therapists, and parents who strive to assist children with reactive attachment disorder This work is a composite case study of the developmental course of one child following years of abuse and neglect Building the Bonds of Attachment focuses on boBuilding the Bonds of Attachment is the second edition of a critically and professionally acclaimed book for social workers, therapists, and parents who strive to assist children with reactive attachment disorder This work is a composite case study of the developmental course of one child following years of abuse and neglect Building the Bonds of Attachment focuses on both the specialized psychotherapy and parenting that is often necessary in facilitating a child s psychological development and attachment security It develops a model for intervention by blending attachment theory and research, trauma theory, and the general principles of parenting, and child and family therapy This book is a practical guide for the adult whether professional or parent who endeavors to help such children The second edition of this widely popular book will present the many changes in the intervention model over the past 8 years These include many changes in both the psychotherapist s and parent s interventions The attachment history of the adults is made relevant There is greater congruence between attachment theory and research and the interventions being demonstrated as well as greater reference to this theory and research.
Building the Bonds of Attachment Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children Building the Bonds of Attachment is the second edition of a critically and professionally acclaimed book for social workers therapists and parents who strive to assist children with reactive attachm

  • Title: Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children
  • Author: Daniel A. Hughes
  • ISBN: 9780765704047
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children”

    1. Reading this as both a foster/adoptive parent and a clinician who works with attachment-disordered kids, there is a lot to digest in this book and I may better be able to review it after I've had more time to think about it. But for now: Very readable. The information is conveyed in a case-study + commentary style that makes it easy for the reader to attach the explanation for a particular therapeutic response to the everyday situations that demonstrate the problems faced by attachment disordere [...]

    2. Dan Hughes has become a veritable rock star in the world of attachment issues and traumatised children and I can see why after reading this book. It follows the story of Katie, a fictional child who is removed from her birth home after years of neglect and an incident or two of physical violence. It takes her through a few foster homes and identifies what is going wrong in each, before she lands in Jackie’s, who is a trained and experienced therapeutic carer. It challenges everything you under [...]

    3. This (and all) childcare books should bear this disclaimer in bold type -"DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!" At times you might feel that the best use of this book would be to beat your child with it. However, if you are an adoptive or foster parent, you should read this book sooner than later. Children who have been separated from their birth mothers or neglected and abused by their birth parents often have a terrible time joining adoptive or foster families. The child may feel entirely dependent on hims [...]

    4. This book was excellent; it clearly demonstrated a complex process in the form of a fictionalised account about a little girl and her difficult journey from birth to healed and happy 8 year old. Although slightly cheesy story at times, I felt it was a great way to show the process of helping abused and traumatised children recover through the eyes of a social worker, foster carer and the therapist. I have read a lot of books about attachment, none have actually talked about what you do if a chil [...]

    5. This was my mum's book. The books examines behaviors of children who do not have a parent attachment figure. The book uses case studies to identify behaviour problems in children who have attachment problems.

    6. When I purchased this book I was dismayed to see how expensive it was. I mean, come on, $35 for a 289 page paperback! After I discovered that it is used as a textbook, it all made sense.I currently work with many children who have attachment disorders, and the families of these children. This is such a difficult thing for families to have to work with. Traditional therapies are not that effective with these kids. This book has given me so much understanding into the history and current fuctionin [...]

    7. I read this book for class, and I loved it! Great for anyone interested in child maltreatment, attachment, therapy with children, foster careor all of the above (like me). Having worked in foster care for the past 6-7 months, I found myself relating so well to the situation and the feelings of helplessness from dealing with children who have been so severely traumatized. It was difficult to read sometimes (I had to put the book down on occasion.d I even found myself tearing up on the T once!), b [...]

    8. "Building the BONES of attachment? What the hell are you reading?" ~Security guard at work."Bonds. Bonds of attachment."~Me."How is that better?"~Security guard.Although I didn't use this opportunity to introduce my coworker to attachment theory, this book was a good introduction to same for me. It's a fictionalized and gripping account of a child in state custody. Some of the conversations were awfully clunky (curse of the writing major who went to social work school, I guess) but for the most [...]

    9. This book is a bit older when it comes to adoption theories and practices but is an excellent resource for those working in therapeutic foster care and/or adoption. I liked how the author used a fictional story about an abused child to illustrate what could have been complicated strategies and theories. Many concepts can be adapted for use with all hurt children, even on a smaller scale.

    10. This book was most valuable in understanding why our adopted children from hard places behave the way they do.

    11. Best book I have read about dealing with/ understanding the life of a child with traumatic attachment difficulties. It reads like a story while dispensing much information.

    12. Excellent if you have to work with troubled children. It was an easy, fast read. It broke my heart, but the redemption is in finally making a connection.

    13. Building the Bonds of Attachment by Daniel A. Hugues is a unique perspective into the life of a child who is diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder. Not only does it follow the perspective of the child but it also brings in the experience of the therapist, foster parent and social worker. Building the Bonds of Attachment follows the story of Katie, a fictional character who is removed from her birth family after years of neglect, emotional abuse and multiple incidents of physical abuse. She [...]

    14. Follows the story of a troubled attachment-wounded girl from birth through years of abuse and neglect including several foster placements and therapy. In this breakthrough work by Dan Hughes understanding the root of behavioral and thought challenges in these children, he shares the current best practice in how to rehabilitate them. I strongly disliked reading this book but was required to for one of our children's therapies. It is heartbreaking, at times discouraging, and yet shines a ray of ho [...]

    15. Although the book is about a fictional child dealing with attachment issues, stemming from early childhood trauma, it is built around case studies. It rings frighteningly true. The stark reality of early childhood trauma and the resultant behaviors is a nightmare to live through. This is a great book for those in contact with a child suffering from RAD, ODD, or PTSD, as well as to gain insight and empathy for the child's caregiver. This is a long lonely road with what feels like little hope, but [...]

    16. This was one of the more helpful books I’ve read on attachment. It followed a composite case study over the course of 8 years, showing the various attempts that had been made in the girl’s life to promote attachment and behavioral changes, and why they were or were not helpful given her background of neglect, abuse, and developmental trauma.

    17. I will not say this was an easy book to get through. It was eye-opening. I am a court appointed special advocate. I know these kids are out there. This gave a picture of Katie and why she acted the way she did. Her trauma was buried deep in her brain and it took just the right person to help her learn how to heal herself.

    18. Very thought provoking book about a troubling subject. Written in a narrative method so the psychological terms and work can be more approachable and examples are more live and understandable.

    19. Great book on how to gaslight little kids.If you, as an adult, were constantly being told what you think or feel by people who don't actually KNOW what you think or feel but are just projecting their feelings on to you or misusing "empathy" and guessing how you must feel based on their own past experiences, how would you feel? And how would you feel if they were dead wrong? What if you were calm and bored and they kept insisting you must be sad and angry and saying 'It's okay, sweetie, you can t [...]

    20. An engaging and informative read on the therapeutic parenting style,espoused by the author for children suffering from Reactive Attachment Disorder. Hughes uses a narrative style, with a fictitious child, birth parents, therapists, and foster parents to demonstrate the exceptional challenges children who have suffered severe neglect and abuse face when placed into healthy families. You find yourself rooting for the different foster parents and feeling their frustration as the deep wounds exhibit [...]

    21. This book has been such a source of light and reassurance for me. We adopted our daughters 7.5 years ago. So many of the suggestions and explanations for this parent-based approach to helping children work through their issues and come to a point of trusting another person, these have been how my husband and I have approached our own children. So I found tremendous comfort and support here. If you read this book, you'll see how counter-culture it all is. I appreciated Stephen's role in the book [...]

    22. Great InsightWe just brought home a tee wager from Eastern Europe. He is showing signs of past abuse although we do not know his complete story. To implement these things suggested, we would have to be far past the language barrier that we currently face. However, to know what may be happening in his kind has helped me to think outside the box on how to handle some of these meltdowns that we experience with him. As he is too old to hold down well, it will be difficult to experience the holding a [...]

    23. Though I have not personally dealt with attachment issues in my children, I have met many families who deal with this troubling challenge on a daily basis. If you are planning to adopt, especially a child that is not an infant, this book is a 'must read'. Keep in mind that even if you adopt an older child, it does not mean they will have attachment issues, however, it is a common struggle among adoptive families on varying levels. This book creatively introduces you to what Attachment Disorder i [...]

    24. This is a book I will definitely reread and dip in and out of forever more. As a foster carer I found the insights from different viewpoints, social worker, carer and therapist, and the detail in terms of history and journey to be insightful, helpful and interesting. There are things in this book which are challenging to my ideas of best practice, and there are things which are affirming- I find that a good mix!

    25. Amazing book and a must read for anyone adopting a child. The author creates a composite child from his experiences as a clinical psychologist, and weaves a fictitious story about how this child behaves in different foster settings and how the foster and adoptive parents deal with her challenges. The story provides such great examples of what not to do and what to do to help children with attachment issues. I'm planning to read this again shortly.

    26. This is an amazingly readable portrait that shows why a child may develop an attachment disorder, what the result it, and how to start fixing it. If you are a prospective adoptive parent with sympathetic family members, I highly recommend sharing this with them as well as it may help them to understand some of the challenges that you may be facing after the adoption.

    27. The format of the book (a fictional account, written in the form of a really long case history), was in turn gripping, but a little annoying. I had a little trouble remembering the names and connections of tangential characters. BUT, as I approach foster parenting, I'm glad the book was as real and clear as it was.

    28. Even though the child profiled (who is a composite of many cases Dr. Hughes has dealt with over many years) is extreme in her trauma and behavior, the concepts can be applied to many children. I really liked the PLACE idea and will look for more information on using it with children with early trauma.

    29. Great book to understand how attachment issues can effect children. however it is an ideal situation of how to help a child develop proper attachment. There won't be too many situations where there is such an awesome foster parent, therapist, and social worker all at the same time. but still a great read for understanding the process.

    30. Such an excellent look at helping a previously neglected child learn to accept love, feel love and give love. This also opened my eyes a little more to the world of foster care. Must read for those interested in these subjects.

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