The first volume to showcase science-based interventions that have been demonstrated effective in promoting attachment security, this is a vital reference and clinical guide for practitioners. With a major focus on strengthening caregiving relationships in early childhood, the Handbook also includes interventions for school-age children; at-risk adolescents; and couples, with an emphasis on father involvement in parenting. A consistent theme is working with children and parents who have been exposed to trauma and other adverse circumstances. Leading authorities describe how their respective approaches are informed by attachment theory and research, how sessions are structured and conducted, special techniques used (such as video feedback), the empirical evidence base for the approach, and training requirements. Many chapters include illustrative case material.
"Attachment theory has longstanding roots in clinical intervention, which are deepened and extended with this remarkable volume. In well-written profiles of 21 attachment-based interventions, readers are introduced to the conceptual foundations, therapeutic strategies, training procedures, and outcome evaluations of some of the foremost clinical applications of attachment theory. This is an essential resource for clinicians, researchers, and students interested in parent–child attachment, relationship-based interventions, and early mental health. I learned a lot from it."--Ross A. Thompson, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis
"Howard Steele and Miriam Steele have made a unique contribution to the field of attachment with their emphasis on intervention approaches that make a difference. The volume improves the reader's understanding of ways to help repair attachment problems using interventions grounded in strong theory and empirical research. The editors' careful work has resulted in a comprehensive review that will enhance clinical understanding of evidence-based practice in this area. This book will be of great interest to clinicians and researchers alike, as well as graduate students studying both clinical and research approaches to attachment."--Joy D. Osofsky, PhD, Paul J. Ramsay Chair, Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
"Unique, much needed, and valuable. Howard and Miriam Steele have gathered in one place, from around the globe, the most prominent evidence-based intervention programs across the life cycle that build on attachment theory. Key contributors to the respective approaches succinctly summarize their theoretical foundations, the pragmatics of intervention, research support, and issues in dissemination. This is the essential guidebook for students and professionals who want to develop a better understanding of these models, and a surefire classroom text for courses related to attachment or early intervention."--Jay Lebow, PhD, ABPP, LMFT, Senior Scholar and Clinical Professor, The Family Institute at Northwestern University
"An extremely valuable handbook for both attachment novices and experts. This book provides an overview of the rich variety of attachment-based interventions, including specific information about their theoretical, methodological, and empirical bases, all in one volume. Clinical practitioners can search for the programs that are best tailored to the needs of the children, adolescents, or even adults that they treat."--Gottfried Spangler, PhD, Department of Psychology, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
"This volume offers a thoughtful and thorough presentation of attachment-inspired and attachment-derived interventions across a range of ages, from infancy to adulthood. The editors have done a superb job and have made an important contribution to the legacy of Bowlby and Ainsworth."--Charles H. Zeanah, Jr., MD, Mary Peters Sellars-Polchow Chair in Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Tulane University School of Medicine
About the Editors:
Howard Steele, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Clinical Psychology Faculty and Co-Director of the Center for Attachment Research at The New School for Social Research. Dr. Steele is senior and founding editor of the journal Attachment and Human Development and founding and past president of the Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies. He has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, many in collaboration with Miriam Steele, in the areas of attachment theory and research, intergenerational patterns of attachment, mourning in response to trauma and loss, and attachment-based interventions to prevent child maltreatment and promote secure, organized attachments. With Miriam Steele and Anne Murphy, Dr. Steele has pioneered the development of Group Attachment-Based Intervention (GABI©), aimed at preventing child maltreatment and promoting attachment security. He is a recipient of the 2017 Bowlby–Ainsworth Award from the Center for Mental Health Promotion, which cited his contributions as a scientist, editor, and clinical innovator.
Miriam Steele, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Attachment Research at The New School for Social Research. She trained as a psychoanalyst at the Anna Freud Centre. Her work aims to bridge the world of psychoanalytic thinking and clinical practice with contemporary research in child development. She initiated the London Parent–Child Project, a major longitudinal study of intergenerational patterns of attachment that gave rise to the concept of "reflective functioning." She has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, many in collaboration with Howard Steele. With Howard Steele and Anne Murphy, Dr. Steele has pioneered the development of Group Attachment-Based Intervention (GABI©), aimed at preventing child maltreatment and promoting attachment security. She is a recipient of the 2017 Bowlby–Ainsworth Award from the Center for Mental Health Promotion, which cited her innovative longitudinal studies and translational research on attachment and mental representation.