Combining theories of neurobiology, attachment, interpersonal relationships, and intrapsychic concepts, The Impact of Attachment brings modern developmental psychology into dialogue with recent developments in neuroscience, describing a new, integrative approach to working with clients: developmental neuroaffective psychology.
Hart argues that an interactive, neurobiological and interpersonal perspective will help develop a common basis for
helping clients in therapy. Each chapter demonstrates and explores key aspects of the importance of attachment, and
throughout, Hart reviews case stories from her own clinical practice, drawing from years of conducting psychological assessments of children, family interventions, individual therapy processes, and professional supervision assignments.
In Part I, she looks at children's normal development, brain maturation within the close caregiver-infant relationship, and the development of the various levels of mental organization in infants. Part II looks at attachment and relational disorders-including dysregulation patterns and misattuned communication-and offers a new preliminary understanding of psychopathology based on a neuroaffective and developmental perspective. Part III aims to integrate existing therapeutic approaches within a neuroaffective framework. She summarizes considerations concerning emotional attunement and its impact on the therapist-client relationship, and discusses a complex approach to therapeutic intervention based on a neuroaffective model. The book concludes with a look into intervention in a broader context, integrating the treatment interventions into a dynamic system with both family and environmental therapy.
“Susan Hart has unified her brilliant and compelling command of both the objective scientific and the subjective psychotherapeutic aspects of attachment into a cutting-edge synthesis that she calls developmental neuroaffective psychology. In this book Hart makes the often-confusing science of attachment highly accessible to both practitioner
and researcher. The book’s contents are well balanced with a refreshingly adequate portion dedicated to translating theory into principles for treatment.” —Babette Rothschild, MSW, bestselling author of The Body Remembers
“Hart’s book is striking for its integration of a contemporary neuroaffective perspective, dynamics, and the telling impact of dysregulation on development.” —Ed Tronick, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, and author of The Neurobehavioral and Social Emotional Development of Infants and Children
About the Author:
Susan Hart is a psychologist in private practice and works mainly with professional supervision of psychologists, visiting nurses, social workers in child and family departments, personnel in child psychiatric wards, and advisors to foster families. She is the author of several books and articles on neuroaffective developmental psychology and frequently gives lectures and courses on the topic.
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