Trauma, Attachment and Family Permanence: Fear Can Stop You Loving

Book Review: Trauma AttachmentBy Caroline Archer and Alan Burnell.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN 1843100215

This book is divided into theory and practice. The theory provides a taster to current thinking about research and observation. This part combines aspects of attachment with the neurological concepts of the developing foetus and child, referring to the work of leading experts in trauma, attachment and separation and loss.

There is a comprehensive reference to “flight, fight and freeze” and discussions on techniques such as coherent narrative, which is essential to understanding relationships and attachment figures and their own experiences of childhood.

The second part of the book is based on practice outcomes. “State of the art – theory into practice” introduces the reader to the activities of Family Futures project, which develops the skills of children and families, by way of following the lives and views of a real family.

This book is a mine of intelligent reflections from members of Family Futures as well as helpful practice commentaries that use examples to help the reader’s understanding. There are also learning opportunities for those working with children who have suffered multi-placements, early traumatic experiences and attachment problems.

Richard Rose is deputy director of practice (life story), Saccs.

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