Healing the Hidden Hurt: Transforming Attachment and Trauma Theory into Effective Practice with Families, Children and Adults provides a unique collection of professional and personal responses to the challenges that arise in dealing with attachment difficulties.
With contributions from social workers, adoptive parents, adoptees, psychologists, therapists, counsellors and other related professionals, this book provides a varied and expansive approach to explaining attachment theory. The authors speak from personal experience to deliver explanations of theory, how they relate to practice and to provide practical guidance on how to improve the physical, emotional and psychological development of children in care across a broad range of professional settings.
This book provides valuable insights relevant to practitioners within the fields of social work, health, education, the criminal justice system and any independent and voluntary sectors working with children and families.
About the Editors:
Caroline Archer is an adoptive parent, an independent consultant in post-adoption support and a therapeutic parent mentor. She is also the bestselling author of Reparenting the Child who Hurts: A Guide to Healing Developmental Trauma and Attachment, First Steps in Parenting a Child who Hurts: Tiddlers and Toddlers 2nd Edition, Next Steps in Parenting a Child who Hurts: Tykes and Teens (with Christine Gordon), New Families, Old Scripts: A Guide to the Language of Trauma and Attachment in Adoptive Families (with Christine Gordon) and Trauma, Attachment and Family Permanence: Fear Can Stop You Loving (edited with Alan Burnell). She is a keen supporter of regional and national rugby teams in Wales and loves following road and track cycling.
Charlotte Drury is the Chair of the Attachment Network Wales. Throughout her career Charlotte has had a passionate commitment to children's rights and improving outcomes for children and families and sees awareness and understanding of attachment throughout the life course as fundamental to this. Prior to undertaking a PhD Scholarship at Cardiff University she worked with Children and Young People's Partnerships and has also worked in social work, safeguarding and equalities.
Jude Hills has recently completed an MSc in Play Therapy at the University of South Wales. She has had many years of experience working directly with children in post-adoption support, as a foster carer and provides training for foster carers and social workers. She has four adopted and two birth children. Jude is particularly interested in attachment and therapeutic life story work.